Advocacy

We invite members to participate in advocating to elected representatives at every possible opportunity.

Below are issues QCOSS is currently advocating on and ways you can get involved.

The policy team at QCOSS is here to also provide assistance so please make contact if you have questions - email [email protected] or call 07 3004 6900.

Submission QCOSS Submission: Income Management and Cashless Welfare Bill 2019
Published: Mar 2019
QCOSS has made a submission to the Senate Inquiry into the Income Management and Cashless Welfare Bill 2019. The submission consists of The Cashless Debit Card Trial Hinkler Survey Results, Position Statement on the Cashless Debit Card Trial, Review of the Cashless Debit Card Trial and Evaluation.
Submission Actions for change ... QCOSS State Government Priority Statement 2019-2020
Published: Mar 2019
It is from this engagement and our strong policy base that we have developed a priority statement – the actions that need to be taken by our Premier and her Ministers to make positive social change in Queensland and make sure that the is equality, opportunity and wellbeing for every person in every community.
Report Queensland’s 14 community sector peaks support the introduction of a Human Rights Act for Queensland
Published: Aug 2018
Queensland’s 14 community sector peaks support the introduction of a Human Rights Act for Queensland We strongly support laws that ensure fairness and equality for all Queenslanders. For the coalition of 14 peaks, a Human Rights Act for Queensland is priority issue for 2018, and we welcome the Government’s commitment to introduce legislation this year.
Peak Power - 13 community service peak organisations working together for real social change
Published: Aug 2018
The Queensland Community Services Peaks have been collaborating for change for decades, focused on some of the most vulnerable Queenslanders. Queensland’s Community Service Peaks are well positioned to use this collaborative capacity to support ambitious systemic reform across government, community and the private sector. Collectively we are more and can deliver more than if we stand alone.
Media Release Time to step up and say NO - cashless debit card has not passed
Published: Aug 2018
With the bill to introduce the cashless debit card to Hinkler not being passed in the Senate yesterday, we must continue the fight to stop this bill. QCOSS, with many locals, stands strongly against the introduction of the cashless debit card. It is fundamentally flawed to address complex health and social issues through changes to the welfare system.
Media Release Will sanity prevail
Published: Jul 2018
The Auditor General’s report on the cashless debit card trial released this week supports QCOSS’ (Queensland Council of Social Service) findings that ‘evidence is lacking’ to support any expansion of the card to the Hinkler electorate of Hervey Bay and Bundaberg in Queensland. QCOSS has held this position since the suggestions were made to extend the trial to Queensland, strongly advising against the expansion of the trial not only because of the lack of evidence, but also because addressing complex health and social issues, like substance use problems, through the welfare system is fundamentally flawed.
Media Release Federal Government skulduggery could see people on income support further stigmatised
Published: Feb 2018
Yesterday the Australian Government quietly announced the reintroduction of mandatory drug testing for people accessing income support, despite that fact that there is no evidence of a causal link between people receiving this benefit and those with drug problems.
Advocating for Queensland Neighbourhood Centres
Published: Feb 2018
The following is a summary of the key themes of the Neighbourhood Centre (NHC) Consultation and Investment Management Standard (IMS) workshops of 2017. It provides useful points and information for stakeholders to use when discussing the future of Queensland NHCs with their local representatives.

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