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.

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.
Report QCOSS Commentary State Budget 2015-16
Published: Jul 2015
The 2015-16 State Budget revealed positive signs the Queensland Government is listening to the community services sector, however it is essential the sector and the community is engaged and consulted to ensure the needs of Queenslanders are adequately met.
Media Release State budget sets the scene but what will the play be?
Published: Jul 2015
Today’s State Budget revealed positive signs the Queensland Government was listening to the community services sector, however it remains important the sector is engaged and consulted to ensure the needs of Queenslanders are adequately met.
Media Release Stronger consumer protections for energy customers welcomed
Published: Sep 2014
Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) CEO Mark Henley today welcomed the introduction of new consumer protections for electricity and gas customers across the state from 1 July next year. The changes result from the Queensland Government’s adoption of the National Energy Retail Law through a bill passed in Parliament last night.
Report QCOSS Commentary State Budget 2014-2015
Published: Jun 2014
The 2014/15 Queensland State Budget provides a mixed bag for vulnerable Queenslanders. The highlight is undoubtedly the announcement of $406 million over five years to support families and children. And the Queensland Government's announcement post budget to cover the mooted federal cuts to seniors' concessions has no doubt provided relief to pensioners.
Media Release Good news for Queensland's pensioners with no concession cuts
Published: Jun 2014
Hundreds of thousands of pensioners will breathe a sigh of relief today with news that the Queensland Government will cover a federal budget shortfall of more than $50 million per annum in pensioner concessions. QCOSS CEO Mark Henley said it was a significant win for pensioners, with many already struggling to afford the most basic standard of living.

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