Policy positions

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.
Report Are we investing for the change we want and need? QCOSS Queensland State Budget Commentary 2018-19
Published: Jun 2018
However, we are keen to see is that this investment is used to facilitate change in communities, to support access and engagement of all Queenslanders. The benefits need to flow across Queensland and to all Queenslanders. We want to see that all Queenslanders have the opportunity to have the good life they all aspire to.
Media Release Human rights are the shining light in the budget
Published: Jun 2018
Human Rights Act for Queensland is getting closer with funding of nearly $3million allocated over four years provided in the Queensland State Budget for this essential piece of legislation. “We were very excited to see progress on the Human Rights Act for Queensland”, said Queensland Council of Social Service CEO Mr Mark Henley. “In our Manifesto for Change we called for a government that leads with vision and we have seen glimpses of that this week.”
Submission QCOSS Budget Priority Statement 2018-19
Published: Apr 2018
For the past few years, Queensland Council of Social Service has been laying the foundation for a new way of working in Queensland. We have been building our expertise, building our connections and building the evidence to support this new approach. This approach was first hinted at through our 2017-18 Budget Priority Statement, was further articulated in our Election Statement, a Manifesto for Change and has been followed through into our 2018 Conference, a Movement for Change. This, our budget priority statement for 2018-19, does not shy away from these themes. This is work that QCOSS believes is fundamentally important if we are to build strong and connected communities and address poverty and disadvantage in Queensland.
Submission QCOSS Policy statement - Federal Government welfare reform bills
Published: Jan 2018
QCOSS has responded to proposed welfare reforms in the Federal Government's welfare reform bills.
Take Action QCOSS Budget Priority Statement 2017-18
Published: Mar 2017
We have now completed the QCOSS Budget Priority Statement 2017-18 and will be asking the Queensland Government to fund the actions below in the 2017-18 State Budget.
Policy Paper QCOSS Policy Statement - Centrelink debt issues (February 2017)
Published: Feb 2017
This policy statement has been developed in response to the issues below, with information provided by QCOSS Members, community legal centres, the welfare rights network and the network of national, state and territory Councils of Social Service. Minimal public statements or information has been released by the Australian Government.
Report QCOSS Commentary - Queensland State Budget 2016-17
Published: Jun 2016
The 2016-17 Queensland State Budget is a solid budget for vulnerable Queenslanders. It provides funding for crucial areas such as prevention of domestic and family violence, universal access to kindy, investment in employment in regional Queensland and the provision of a range of social infrastructure across the state.
Submission QCOSS 2016/17 Pre-budget submission - a plan for social and economic wellbeing
Published: Jan 2016
At the core of all our work remains the individual, the family and the community. In particular, Queenslanders who are most vulnerable and at risk; Queenslanders who are living in poverty and disadvantage, or those who are at risk of falling into this situation. This submission is about ensuring social and economic wellbeing for all.