Funding policy

QCOSS works to shape government funding policy and practice as part of its commitment to promote, support and develop the capacity of the community services sector. QCOSS is committed to lobbying government for funding policy and practice which more accurately reflects the views of the sector. We do this by contributing to the Queensland Community Sector Futures Forum's advocacy work in this area.

In the past this work has included contributing to the Queensland Government's Funding Policy Project and our Full Cost of Services Delivery Project which examined a fair price for service delivery and the sustainability of funding for community and disability services.

Submission QCOSS submission on the Social Services Investment Framework
Published: Mar 2014
QCOSS has finalised our response to the framework. Thank you to everyone who responded.
Social Impact Bonds
Published: Sep 2012
Are social impact bonds our saving grace? No. Probably not. But they represent a new and unique way of funding long-term, early intervention and prevention services that are driven by outcomes.
Media Release Special Pay Equity funding needed for Queensland
Published: Feb 2012
The Queensland Council of Social Service has welcomed today’s announcement by Fair Work Australia of a wage increase for community service workers.
Full Cost Of Service Delivery Project
Published: Jun 2011
The Full Cost of Service Delivery project was jointly initiated in 2006 by QCOSS and National Disability Services Queensland (formerly ACROD) in response to the Queensland Government's Funding Policy project.
Report July 2009, Cost of Providing Specialist Disability Services and Communities Services in Queensland
Published: Jul 2009
The final report entitled ‘Cost of Providing Specialist Disability Services and Communities Services in Queensland’ has been released. This was a study commissioned by the (then) Disability Services Queensland and Department of Communities as part of the Funding Policy Project (previously the Fair level of Funding project) in 2006-2008. The research was done by the Social Policy Research Centre (University of New South Wales) and Griffith University.
Submission March 2008, Qld Public Accounts Commitee Inquiry into the Management of Funding to NGOs
Published: Mar 2008
In March 2008, QCOSS prepared a submission for the Queensland Public Accounts Committee Inquiry into the Management of Funding to Non-Government Organisations. The submission emphasised the significant impact of unnecessary and ineffective reporting requirements on organisations and highlighted the need for a shift to more meaningful data collection and evaluation, paired with a reduction in red tape. The Community Services Futures Forum made a separate submission into this Inquiry.
March 2008, Futures Forum submission to the Qld Public Accounts Commitee Inquiry into the Management of Funding to NGOs
Published: Mar 2008
Submission by the Queensland Community Services Futures Forum to the Queensland Public Accounts Commitee Inquiry into into the Management of Funding to Non-Government Organisations. QCOSS also made a submission to this inquiry.
Submission September 2007, Qld Audit Office ‘Results of Performance Management Systems Audits of Management of Funding to NGOs' (Futures Forum submission)
Published: Sep 2007
On behalf of the Community Services Futures Forum, QCOSS made a submission in response to the Queensland Audit Office ‘Results of Performance Management Systems Audits of Management of Funding to Non-Government Organisations’ report.
Submission Preliminary Submission to the Queensland Government on Funding Policy
Published: Aug 2007
QCOSS prepared this preliminary submission to the Department of Communities as a contribution to their work on Funding Policy on behalf of the Community Services Futures Forum. The submission outlines the benefits of community service providers as a rationale for favoring non-profit service providers rather than for-profit providers. Additionally it articulates the need for a partnership agreement or compact to provide the context for the funding relationship.