Policy and advocacy

QCOSS advocates for social change – focused on poverty and inequality – that is also economically and environmentally responsible. We advance this by: Researching evidence for policy development that meets the priorities and needs of Queenslanders experiencing poverty and inequality; Developing clear, evidence-based policy positions; and Using these to influence policy-making related to the needs of Queenslanders experiencing poverty and inequality.

Policy Paper QCOSS Position Statement on Drug Testing Trials and Submission Paper
Published: Apr 2018
QCOSS does not support the drug testing trial for people accessing income support.
Submission QCOSS Submission: Reducing imprisonment and preventing recidivism
Published: Oct 2018
QCOSS made the submission to the Inquiry because people who are experiencing disadvantage are often more vulnerable to legal problems and are disproportionately represented in the justice system, leading to a criminalisation of poverty and disadvantage.
Media Release Take a look around to tackle poverty: Anti-poverty week
Published: Oct 2018
At QCOSS, we believe every person in Queensland has a right to live a good life, to be out of poverty and experience wellbeing. Acknowledging anti-poverty week, QCOSS is proud to have been part of various events throughout Queensland to reduce poverty and hardship, including events in Beenleigh, Upper Coomera and Southport and upcoming events in Elanora and Logan.
QCOSS signs on to the Thriving Communities Partnership Charter
Published: Oct 2018
The Thriving Communities Partnership (TCP) is a cross-sector collaboration ensuring that everybody has fair access to the modern essential services they need to thrive in contemporary Australia: including utilities, financial services, telecommunications and transport.
An illustrated timeline of building place-based initiatives in Capricornia
Published: Sep 2018
Place-based initiatives take a lot of time and planning, and are sometimes difficult to explain. Here's a straight-forward timeline of the events that have taken place so far in the Capricornia region.
Report QCOSS Report: Energy Issues in Indigenous Communities: Woorabinda
Published: Sep 2018
This report aims to build the capacity of Queensland’s community organisations to provide energy assistance to low-income and vulnerable people, including working with relevant stakeholders to develop tailored resources for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. It also provides policy and program advice to government and industry stakeholders to represent the needs of the community sector and low-income and vulnerable energy consumers and investigate energy issues in on-grid Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities such as Yarrabah, Woorabinda and Cherbourg.
Place-based in Fraser Coast: A case study - How the Butchulla people are re-visioning an ancient rite of passage
Published: Aug 2018
This case study showcases an important element of place-based work and how a project came to happen for the Butchulla community. it also demonstrates just what can be achieved when a government body, a peak body and community work together.
Place-based in Capricornia: A case study on relationships with tradition custodians in place
Published: Aug 2018
Place-based approaches requires the wisdom, expertise, resources and shared responsibility of many. This QCOSS case study provides an in-depth look at how place-based approaches have improved relationships betwen community leaders and traditional custodians in and around the Darumbal community.