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 Actions for change ... QCOSS State Government Priority Statement 2019-2020
Published: Mar 2019
It is from this engagement and our strong policy base that we have developed a priority statement – the actions that need to be taken by our Premier and her Ministers to make positive social change in Queensland and make sure that the is equality, opportunity and wellbeing for every person in every community.
Report Cashless Debit Card Trial Hinkler survey results
Published: Jan 2019
People in the Bundaberg and Hervey Bay have expressed strong opposition and concerns for the Cashless Debit Card Trial, a QCOSS survey has found.
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.