Campaigns & Action

Policy Paper QCOSS policy statement cashless card
Published: Oct 2017
QCOSS does not support the expansion of mandatory income management through a Cashless Debit Card. We believes addressing complex health and social issues, such as alcohol, drug and gambling problems, through the welfare system is fundamentally flawed.
Submission Review of the cashless debit card trial and evaluation
Published: Oct 2017
This report reviews the Cashless Debit Card Trial and evaluation focussing primarily on the Final Evaluation Report released by the Australian Government in September 2017. The Evaluation by Orima Research, is intended to evaluate the Trial in the first two trial sites of Ceduna, South Australia and in East Kimberley, Western Australia. As well as analysing the Final Evaluation Report itself, this review also examines the extensive expert commentary on the trial and evaluation.
Media Release Concessions available for more people!
Published: Apr 2017
Transport and energy concessions are now available to more Queenslanders helping to help ease cost-of-living pressures for these essentials. Health Care Card holders and Asylum Seekers will be able to apply for the electricity rebate (as of 1 April) and job seekers and Asylum Seekers are eligible for transport concessions from today!
Media Release Strong steps towards addressing financial hardship
Published: Mar 2017
Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) welcomes the State Government’s moves this week to empower Queenslanders experiencing financial hardship. Following ongoing advocacy from QCOSS and the community service sector, laws introduced today will offer debtors experiencing financial hardship alternative ways to reduce or pay off the amount they owe to the State Penalties Enforcement Registry (SPER).
Submission Social Impact Investment and the role of the Australian Government
Published: Feb 2017
NCOSS and QCOSS make a submission to the Australian Government about social investment and the role the government can play.
Take Action Help stop the Centrelink automated debt collection
Published: Feb 2017
QCOSS urges you to take action to stop the Centrelink automated debt collection process.
Policy Paper QCOSS Policy Statement - Centrelink debt issues (February 2017)
Published: Feb 2017
This policy statement has been developed in response to the issues below, with information provided by QCOSS Members, community legal centres, the welfare rights network and the network of national, state and territory Councils of Social Service. Minimal public statements or information has been released by the Australian Government.
Policy Paper Centrelink Debt Issues - January 2017
Published: Jan 2017
This draft policy paper has been developed based on stories and experiences from QCOSS members as well as work done with the state, territory and national Councils of Social Service.
Take Action Social and community statistics
Published: Dec 2015
QCOSS has put together some localised social and community data with key statistics such as resident population, the number of homeless people, proportion of jobless families, median rent and median income for each Queensland State Electoral District.
Take Action Linking social-outcomes to infrastructure investment - a discussion paper
Published: Sep 2015
QCOSS has developed an infrastructure discussion paper as the basis for engagement with the community on how to better link infrastructure investment with social outcomes and we want to hear your ideas.

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