Poverty | Social inclusion | Social exclusion

Poverty is one of the most pervasive causes of social disadvantage. Poverty precludes people from having an acceptable standing of living, and denies them access to essential goods and activities. An estimated 478,000 people or 10.6 per cent of Queenslanders are living below the poverty line. Advocating on behalf of Queenslanders experiencing poverty or at risk of poverty is a major part of QCOSS' work.

Media Release Queensland’s wellbeing report paints a clearer picture for improvement
Published: Apr 2016
A new report released today reveals the interrelated nature of poverty and disadvantage and some of the key areas of concern in Queensland which need to be addressed, including violence in the home and education and health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people.
Report The QCOSS Queensland's wellbeing 2016 report
Published: Apr 2016
We all know that poor outcomes in one area of a person’s life can put them on a path to poor social and economic outcomes, impacting not only the individual, but their family, their community and of most concern generations to come.
Media Release Councils of Social Service call for development of national plan to tackle poverty and inequality in Australia
Published: Oct 2015
At the start of Anti-Poverty Week, ACOSS and all eight State and Territory Councils of Social Service, are calling for the development of a national plan to tackle growing poverty and inequality in Australia, including setting targets to ensure the incomes of the lowest income earners increase at least at the pace of those in the middle.
Media Release New report reveals how Queensland’s most disadvantaged are faring
Published: Oct 2013
A new framework of indicators measuring poverty and disadvantage in Queensland, released today as part of Anti-Poverty Week [13 to 19 October], reveals a number of areas requiring urgent and immediate attention. The Queensland Council of Social Service’s (QCOSS) inaugural Indicators of Poverty and Disadvantage in Queensland paints a clear picture of the current state of affairs and will be used to influence government how to best invest in and support people living below the poverty line.
Report Indicators of poverty and disadvantage in Queensland
Published: Oct 2013
A new framework of indicators measuring poverty and disadvantage in Queensland, released today as part of Anti-Poverty Week [13 to 19 October], reveals a number of areas requiring urgent and immediate attention.
Media Release Almost half a million Queenslanders living in poverty
Published: Oct 2012
Report Anti-Poverty Week Statement 2012
Published: Sep 2012
On the latest available data (2010) it is estimated that 12.5 per cent of the population, or 430,000 people, are living in poverty in Queensland. That is 430,000 people in our state who struggle each week to make ends meet; make tough decisions between putting food on the table and paying the rent; that go without things that most of us would consider essential – medication, healthcare, heating or social activities as simple as catching up with friends.
Media Release Cost of Living Report says target support for those needing it most
Published: Jun 2012
The QCOSS Cost of Living report released today calls for targeted assistance for those needing it the most. It also reveals that many low income households still struggle to afford a basic standard of living. And the report calls for energy and transport concessions to be extended to all Health Care Card users.

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