Papers & Submissions

Apr 2019
More than 120 neighbourhood and community centres across Queensland are under threat, with inadequate funding putting both staff safety and community wellbeing at risk. QCOSS and the Queensland Families and Communities Association (QFCA), the peak body of the state’s neighbourhood centres, are urgently calling on the state government to double the funding for neighbourhood and community centres in the upcoming budget.
Apr 2019
With cost of living pressures increasing, and energy costs remaining a key concern for many households in Queensland, there is no room for complacency when it comes to electricity prices. This is why QCOSS made a submission on 12 April to the Queensland Competition Authority's (QCA) Draft Determination on electrical prices for 2019-20. The prices determined by the QCA will be what regional Queenslanders will pay for their electricity from 1 July 2019.
Apr 2019
QCOSS made a submission last week to the Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy’s review of the National Energy Retail Law in Queensland. Our key message is that there are clear deficiencies in the National Energy Customer Framework (NECF), with evidence mounting that it is not working in the interests of consumers, and particularly for consumers experiencing financial hardship or vulnerability. This review is an opportunity to ensure that energy consumer protections are not reduced to the lowest common denominator in the interests of national consistency. Despite the move to a national framework, state governments have a responsibility to address gaps and barriers that are negatively impacting on consumer outcomes. It is critical that consumer protections are stronger, not weaker, as a result of this review.
Mar 2019
QCOSS has made a submission to the Health and Wellbeing Queensland Bill 2019. The objective of the bill is to establish a health promotion agency as a statutory body with a view to addressing health inequity in Queensland. QCOSS has made a submission in support of the Bill, noting recent work we’ve done which highlights the interconnected nature of poor health outcomes with indicators of socio-economic disadvantage. The submission highlights the fragmented nature of the current health system in Queensland and the need for a holistic framework across government departments, community services, industry groups, and local communities.
Mar 2019
Changing Lives, Changing Communities is a program of local conversations, local storytelling, local visioning and local action to help build more inclusive communities across Queensland where everyone contributes, matters and belongs. Local Champions are key to creating and sustaining change in local communities. While QDN, QCOSS and ADCQ are delivering Changing Lives, Changing Communities, we know we need Local Champions to help drive change in their community.
Mar 2019
Susie Cameron is the new Coordinator of Every Child Central Queensland a place-based initiative creating social innovation in local communities by using the principles of Collective Impact to bring about systemic and long-lasting change to health, wellbeing and life outcomes for children in Central Queensland. Susie took time out of her day to tell us her story.
Mar 2019
QCOSS has made a submission to the Senate Inquiry into the Income Management and Cashless Welfare Bill 2019. The submission consists of The Cashless Debit Card Trial Hinkler Survey Results, Position Statement on the Cashless Debit Card Trial, Review of the Cashless Debit Card Trial and Evaluation.
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.
Mar 2019
Every Queenslander deserves a place to call home, to be able to put food on the table, access education and healthcare, and be afforded a level of wellbeing. Peak organisations across Queensland are working together to ensure this can happen and we cannot do it alone. Social change requires the input and investment of many groups of people. This document specifically looks at how our Premier and Ministers can make decisions to create and support social change that will have benefits for all people in Queensland now and into the future.
Mar 2019
Changing Lives, Changing Communities are 14, two-day events across Queensland, creating new ways for people – citizens, community organisations, the private sector and government representatives – to come together, envision and ask “what will it take to create communities where everyone contributes, matters and belongs?”
Mar 2019
QCOSS has been actively participating in consultation on energy hardship guidelines and has made two submissions as well as attending a forum hosted by the Australian Energy Regulator.
Feb 2019
People on income support are under increasing financial pressure to afford the basics like housing, food and essential services, QCOSS’ Living affordability in Queensland reports. The report compares the basic standard of living across five locations in Queensland - Cairns, Mount Isa, Rockhampton, Toowoomba and Brisbane - to see how location and income impact on cost of living. The locations were chosen as they include metropolitan and regional areas. The report focusses on four low-income households, recognising that people surviving on low incomes are struggling the most.
Feb 2019
Everyone in Queensland deserves to live a good life but the QCOSS living affordability in Queensland report shows that many people are finding they don’t have enough money to afford the basics. QCOSS is calling on politicians and policymakers to act now and make decisions that prioritise living affordability for every person in every community.
Feb 2019
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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.
Jan 2019
Join your local champion and QCOSS to find out how to reduce your electricity bills through the Energy Savvy Families program.
Jan 2019
QCOSS has developed some water factsheets to help those who are facing difficulties paying their water bills. The factsheets include information on what concessions and assistance are available, what to do if you can’t pay a water bill and information for tenants.
Jan 2019
QCOSS has developed a number of factsheets to help those who are facing difficulties paying their energy bills or who need information on how to reduce their energy costs. The factsheets include tips on saving energy, what concessions and assistance are available and what to do if you can’t pay an energy bill.

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