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.
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.
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!
Energy Savvy Families
Published: Mar 2017
The Energy Savvy Families program is a new initiative designed to help families across regional Queensland learn more about their energy use and manage their energy bills. Program participants will have the convenience of monthly billing and access to helpful tools and information to assist them in managing electricity costs.
Media Release QCOSS welcomes AGL’s a Fairer Way package
Published: Mar 2017
Media Release Property and Social Services sectors unite to call for a new direction in housing policy in Queensland
Published: Mar 2017
The Property Council of Australia and the Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) have joined forces to call on the Queensland Government to establish an independent Housing Supply Council to monitor and make recommendations on the State’s housing market.

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