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.

Media Release People on income support are struggling to afford basics
Published: Feb 2019
People on income support are under increasing financial pressure to afford the basics like housing, food and essential services, QCOSS’ Living affordability in Queensland reports. The report compares the basic standard of living across five locations in Queensland - Cairns, Mount Isa, Rockhampton, Toowoomba and Brisbane - to see how location and income impact on cost of living. The locations were chosen as they include metropolitan and regional areas. The report focusses on four low-income households, recognising that people surviving on low incomes are struggling the most.
Water factsheets
Published: Jan 2019
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: Jan 2019
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.
Submission QCOSS Submissions on energy hardship guidelines
Published: Mar 2019
QCOSS has been actively participating in consultation on energy hardship guidelines and has made two submissions as well as attending a forum hosted by the Australian Energy Regulator.
Report Living affordability in Queensland
Published: Feb 2019
Everyone in Queensland deserves to live a good life but the QCOSS living affordability in Queensland report shows that many people are finding they don’t have enough money to afford the basics. QCOSS is calling on politicians and policymakers to act now and make decisions that prioritise living affordability for every person in every community.
Energy Savvy Families 'Bring Your Bill' days
Published: Jan 2019
Join your local champion and QCOSS to find out how to reduce your electricity bills through the Energy Savvy Families program.
Report Energy efficient minimum standards
Published: Dec 2018
One of the amendments of the Housing Legislation (Building Better Futures) Amendment Act 2017 was to introduce a new clause 17A into the Residential Tenancy and Rooming Accommodation Act 2008 (RTRAA) to allow minimum standards for rental properties to be specified by regulation. QCOSS' Energy efiicient minimum standards report presents the results of QCOSS' targeted research and consultation project to identify, assess and prioritise several recommended measures that could be specified as a minimum standard to improve energy efficiency.
Submission QCOSS submission to the Senate inquiry into credit and financial services targeted at Australians at risk of financial hardship
Published: Nov 2018
QCOSS made a submission to the Senate Economics References Committee inquiry into credit and financial services targeted at Australians at risk of financial hardship.
Submission Energy submissions
Published: Sep 2018
QCOSS continues to advocate to ensure that all consumers, particularly those experiencing energy stress, should receive the supports they need to manage their bills and stay connected.
QCOSS Energy Savvy Families program champions
Published: Sep 2018
QCOSS Energy Savvy champions are on hand to answer questions about the Energy Savvy Families program.

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