Budget Papers

Towards the end of every year QCOSS makes a pre-budget submission to the Queensland Government. This submission is drawn from the views of our members - gathered through individual submissions, forums across Queensland, and regular collaboration with a range of peak organisations. It is supported by comprehensive research of national and international literature. In early June the State Budget is delivered and QCOSS is briefed on any implications for vulnerable and disadvantaged Queenslanders. We work hard to provide prompt links to information and commentary on budget impacts for those living in poverty, and for the community services sector itself. QCOSS also host an annual budget breakfast – with our community sector partners – where the Treasurer and other Members of Parliament are invited to speak.

QCOSS has submitted its Pre-Budget Submission for 2013-14, calling on the Queensland Government to put aside a percentage of resource royalties, GST receipts or funding from other sources, for a long-term investment for programs that make our communities and their individuals more resilient and sustainable.

The 2013-14 financial year offers an opportunity to lay solid foundations that will have positive impacts for Queenslanders experiencing poverty and disadvantage for generations to come. The sector is ready for change. There is innovation, experience, ideas and a strong will within the sector to make the changes necessary to ensure continuing positive outcomes for individuals and families. The community services sector needs to be at the table, to be in partnership with government, as these foundations are put in place.

Submission QCOSS Budget Priority Statement 2018-19
Published: Apr 2018
For the past few years, Queensland Council of Social Service has been laying the foundation for a new way of working in Queensland. We have been building our expertise, building our connections and building the evidence to support this new approach. This approach was first hinted at through our 2017-18 Budget Priority Statement, was further articulated in our Election Statement, a Manifesto for Change and has been followed through into our 2018 Conference, a Movement for Change. This, our budget priority statement for 2018-19, does not shy away from these themes. This is work that QCOSS believes is fundamentally important if we are to build strong and connected communities and address poverty and disadvantage in Queensland.
Take Action QCOSS Budget Priority Statement 2017-18
Published: Mar 2017
We have now completed the QCOSS Budget Priority Statement 2017-18 and will be asking the Queensland Government to fund the actions below in the 2017-18 State Budget.
Report QCOSS Commentary - Queensland State Budget 2016-17
Published: Jun 2016
The 2016-17 Queensland State Budget is a solid budget for vulnerable Queenslanders. It provides funding for crucial areas such as prevention of domestic and family violence, universal access to kindy, investment in employment in regional Queensland and the provision of a range of social infrastructure across the state.
Submission QCOSS 2016/17 Pre-budget submission - a plan for social and economic wellbeing
Published: Jan 2016
At the core of all our work remains the individual, the family and the community. In particular, Queenslanders who are most vulnerable and at risk; Queenslanders who are living in poverty and disadvantage, or those who are at risk of falling into this situation. This submission is about ensuring social and economic wellbeing for all.
Report QCOSS Commentary State Budget 2015-16
Published: Jul 2015
The 2015-16 State Budget revealed positive signs the Queensland Government is listening to the community services sector, however it is essential the sector and the community is engaged and consulted to ensure the needs of Queenslanders are adequately met.
Media Release State budget sets the scene but what will the play be?
Published: Jul 2015
Today’s State Budget revealed positive signs the Queensland Government was listening to the community services sector, however it remains important the sector is engaged and consulted to ensure the needs of Queenslanders are adequately met.
Report QCOSS Commentary State Budget 2014-2015
Published: Jun 2014
The 2014/15 Queensland State Budget provides a mixed bag for vulnerable Queenslanders. The highlight is undoubtedly the announcement of $406 million over five years to support families and children. And the Queensland Government's announcement post budget to cover the mooted federal cuts to seniors' concessions has no doubt provided relief to pensioners.
Media Release Good news for Queensland's pensioners with no concession cuts
Published: Jun 2014
Hundreds of thousands of pensioners will breathe a sigh of relief today with news that the Queensland Government will cover a federal budget shortfall of more than $50 million per annum in pensioner concessions. QCOSS CEO Mark Henley said it was a significant win for pensioners, with many already struggling to afford the most basic standard of living.
Media Release State budget: good and bad for vulnerable Queenslanders
Published: Jun 2014
On the surface Queensland’s State Budget has delivered a mixed bag of results for the state’s most vulnerable residents, with extra funding for families and children but potential concession cuts for pensioners. QCOSS CEO Mark Henley said the allocation of $406 million over five years to improve child protection and family services was a bright spot in an otherwise cautious budget.