Papers & Submissions

Aug 2018
QCOSS undertakes advocacy and develops policy on how to support people out of poverty and disadvantage. Our aim is that everyone can function in society without financial stress and that access to essential services is achieved regardless of income. QCOSS is making a submission to this tolling inquiry to ensure that the voice of low-income and vulnerable road-users is heard and taken into consideration.
Aug 2018
As Homelessness Week 2018 draws to a close, QCOSS (Queensland Council of Social Service) is determined to keep the spotlight on the importance of having a place to call home. Housing is foundational for getting and keeping a job, a child’s education, quality health, and for strong family and community relationships. To make sure everyone in Queensland has a home QCOSS is asking all levels of government to choose to make this possible in its Housing Position Statement released today.
Aug 2018
QCOSS believes that everyone has a fundamental right to housing. Yet not all Queenslanders have access to stable, affordable and accessible housing.
Jul 2018
QCOSS is again partnering with the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training to deliver webinars and workshops across the state to help community based organisations respond effectively to funding applications for the Skilling Queenslanders for Work (SQW) initiative.
Jul 2018
The Auditor General’s report on the cashless debit card trial released this week supports QCOSS’ (Queensland Council of Social Service) findings that ‘evidence is lacking’ to support any expansion of the card to the Hinkler electorate of Hervey Bay and Bundaberg in Queensland. QCOSS has held this position since the suggestions were made to extend the trial to Queensland, strongly advising against the expansion of the trial not only because of the lack of evidence, but also because addressing complex health and social issues, like substance use problems, through the welfare system is fundamentally flawed.
Jul 2018
Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) says the recommendations in today’s report by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) on electricity supply and prices is a triumph for consumers. “We know the energy market is not working for consumers – particularly for those on low incomes or experiencing vulnerability”, said QCOSS CEO Mark Henley. “It is great to see this message repeated so strongly in this report.
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.
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.”
May 2018
A submission to the Australian Law Reform Commission Review of the Family Law System
May 2018
A submission to the Australian Law Reform Commission Review of the Family Law System
May 2018
Partners, Queenslanders with Disability Network (QDN) and Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) are pleased to announce their successful grant “Changing Lives, Changing Communities” under the NDIS Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) National Readiness Grants (Round 2)
May 2018
Guaranteed Service Levels (GSL) recognise the essential nature of energy to Queensland households. QCOSS has recently been working with the Woorabinda community on energy affordability and providing energy literacy workshops. Through this engagement QCOSS heard about some outages that significantly impacted on this community. Under the current GSL, the people affected by this outage were not eligible for a payment, despite being without power for almost 24 hours. If this had happened in the Brisbane CBD, a payment would have been triggered after just eight hours.
Apr 2018
This submission focuses on issues of most concern to vulnerable customers and in particular we are keen to ensure that regional electricity prices are set in a fair and transparent manner.
Apr 2018
QCOSS does not support the drug testing trial for people accessing income support.

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