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.

Submission Keeping the Lights On forum - presentations
Published: May 2011
This forum, held in March 2010 by QCOSS, Queensland University of Technology’s Credit, Commercial and Consumer Law (CCCL) Program and the Financial Counsellors Association of Queensland (FCAQ), provided information on assistance available for clients experiencing energy hardship, and developments that are likely to affect consumers. Presentations are available here.
Essentially Fair
Published: May 2011
Essentially Fair is the newsletter of the QCOSS Low Income Consumer Advocacy Team.
Policy Paper Access to Transport
Published: May 2011
QCOSS recognises there are a number of issues needing review in the public transport system including accessibility and affordability. People who are most impacted by lack of transport access include the elderly, people with disability, those on low incomes, and communities in regional and remote areas.
Energy & Climate Change
Published: May 2011
In July 2007, the Queensland energy market underwent major changes. For the first time Queenslanders were able to choose which supplier they bought their electricity and gas from. Although Queensland consumers were promised significant cost savings by the Government with the introduction of full retail competition, electricity and gas prices are going up not down.
Help at hand to cope with water price increases
Published: Mar 2011
The Queensland Council of Social Service and Queensland Urban Utilities hosted special forums in Brisbane and Ipswich to make community service workers aware of the assistance available to help disadvantaged Queenslanders cope with rising water costs.
Media Release Price hike smaller than expected but better concessions still needed
Published: Dec 2010
The Queensland Council of Social Service says it welcomes a smaller than expected draft electricity price hike for next year, but still hopes to see an improved concession framework in place before the increase come into effect.
Submission Draft Customer Water and Wastewater Code
Published: Dec 2010
Policy Paper Climate Change and Energy
Published: Nov 2009
Many Queenslanders find themselves facing fuel poverty - unable to afford the energy they need to maintain an adequate standard of living. In this paper we outline our policy position in relation to Climate Change and Energy and make recommendations for reform to address the issue.
Report Making them pay: Public transport cost barriers and Queensland’s unemployed job seekers
Published: Dec 2006
This project aims to determine the financial impact of Queensland Transport‟s concession policy on unemployed job seekers, and to examine the possible benefits of extending public transport concessions to this disadvantaged group.