Employment and training

Education and employment are key factors in addressing poverty in Queensland. Although Queensland’s overall employment rate is less than 5 per cent, certain groups such as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, young people, people with disabilities, and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds are more likely to experience unemployment. QCOSS advocates measures to address barriers to employment, education and training for members of these groups.
QCOSS is committed to planning ahead with the Queensland Government on appropriate, integrated and efficient initiatives to support those re-entering the workforce.
QCOSS support the government’s four per cent unemployment target and wants to work with the government to deliver this commitment.
Insights to state-specific needs and successful approaches can be provided to develop new programs in a collaborative way, The proposed program has a different approach to federally funded job services by addressing long-term unemployed and recognising the strong relationship between families and work force participation.

Skilling Queenslanders for Work program
Published: Apr 2015
$60 million will be allocated to deliver a revamped Skilling Queenslanders for Work program in 2015-2016.
Public Sector Management Program - scholarships
Published: Mar 2015
In recognition of the ever increasing role of not-for-profit profit organizations in delivering services to communities, the Australian Public Service Commission (APSC) has opened the Public Sector Management Program to employees of the NGO sector.
Submission Submission to the review of Employment Services (Job Services Australia) from 1 July 2015
Published: Apr 2013
QCOSS provided a submission to the review of Job Services Australia services from July 2015 onwards. While the current Job Services Australia (JSA) model is working reasonably well for the majority of unemployed people, especially those who are ‘job ready’, the current approach is not adequately meeting the needs of highly disadvantaged (Stream 4) job seekers. There are significant opportunities to redesign current service provision practices to provide improved outcomes for Stream 4 job seekers. QCOSS believes that it is vital to adopt a more flexible and targeted model of service delivery for Stream 4 job seekers that empowers service providers to assist them to overcome the complex array of barriers to employment.
Report Anti-Poverty Week Statement 2012
Published: Sep 2012
On the latest available data (2010) it is estimated that 12.5 per cent of the population, or 430,000 people, are living in poverty in Queensland. That is 430,000 people in our state who struggle each week to make ends meet; make tough decisions between putting food on the table and paying the rent; that go without things that most of us would consider essential – medication, healthcare, heating or social activities as simple as catching up with friends.
Submission The adequacy of the allowance payment system for jobseekers and others
Published: Aug 2012
The adequacy of the allowance payment system for jobseekers and others, the appropriateness of the allowance payment system as a support into work and the impact of the changing nature of the labour market.
Report Anti-Poverty Week Statement 2011: A Fair Qld Means Opportunites For Everyone
Published: Oct 2011
This is the annual statement from QCOSS to coincide with Anti-Poverty Week 2011. It looks at who is doing it tough in Queensland and who is suffering from financial stress. There is also information about the gap between rich and poor households, the rising cost of essentials being much higher than CPI and the increased demand for community services. Ultimately this all points to the need for a whole-of-government Fair Queensland action plan to address poverty and disadvantage in Queensland.
Policy Paper Employment and Community Participation
Published: Nov 2009
Our policy position regarding employment and community participation outlines the key issues inhibiting disadvantaged Queenslanders from participation in the workforce and community. The paper also outlines our recommendations for addressing these issues.
May 2009, Implications for the Queensland Economy from Current World Economic Conditions
Published: May 2009
This report, examines current economic data to make plausible assumptions about the extent and duration of the recession and its impact on Queenslanders. The report also outlines suggested strategies and social policies for the Queensland government to minimise the impacts of the global financial crisis on disadvantaged Queenslanders.
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.