Cost of living

Much of QCOSS' work involves advocating on behalf of Queenslanders from low income households and investigating and highlighting the rising cost of living they face. Our specific work in this area includes energy, water, transport and our new series of cost of living reports.

Water factsheets
Published: Mar 2015
QCOSS has developed some water factsheets to help those who are facing difficulties paying their water bills. The factsheets include information on what concessions and assistance are available, what to do if you can’t pay a water bill and information for tenants.
Energy factsheets
Published: Mar 2015
QCOSS has developed a number of factsheets to help those who are facing difficulties paying their energy bills or who need information on how to reduce their energy costs. The factsheets include tips on saving energy, what concessions and assistance are available and what to do if you can’t pay an energy bill.
Report Choice and Control? The experiences of renters in the energy market
Published: Jun 2017
As the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) considers energy market reform and grapples with housing affordability, a new Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) report seeks to highlight the considerable barriers for renters seeking to reduce energy costs and usage. The ‘Choice and Control?’ report finds the combination of climbing energy costs and rapidly changing technology is putting renters at an increasing disadvantage.
Media Release Electricity hike blow softened for Queenslanders
Published: Jun 2017
Save money with Queensland Government concessions
Published: May 2017
The Queensland Government has a range of concessions to help with household and medical costs, as well as getting out and about in the community.
Cost of Living webinar series - Good Shepherd Microfinance
Published: Apr 2017
As part of our Cost of Living webinar series, in April 2017 we held a webinar with Good Shepherd Microfinance on their financial programs and advisory services for people on low incomes.
Cost of Living webinar series - Energy concessions
Published: Apr 2017
In April 2017 we held a webinar on the changes to the Home Energy Emergency Assistance Scheme (HEEAS). This webinar included information about HEEAS including the eligibility criteria and application process, and tips for getting access to the scheme.

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