The community service sector is the beating heart of Queensland’s economy. We are part of the largest employer group in Queensland. On any given day almost 150,000 go to work in our more than 10,000 charities. Our essential work is supported by more than 324,000 volunteers.

We’re there when Queenslanders are in need. We provide services to people experiencing homelessness, domestic violence, and mental health issues. We support children, people with disability and older people. Each day we make our state a better place and our sector is vital to ensuring that equality, opportunity, and wellbeing is for all Queenslanders.

As we look toward a decade of economic transformation for Queensland, we must ensure all Queenslanders have access to new opportunities.

The 2032 Olympics presents a milestone event on a journey of inward migration, infrastructure development and emissions-reduced industry transformation. We need to start building 2032’s legacy now.

Strategic, long-term investments in Queensland’s social infrastructure can end the housing crisis, expand low-income households’ access to the renewable energy revolution, and create good local jobs. These investments will strengthen Queensland communities, and those who support them, as we look to 2032.

Community Services Sector Budget Priorities

  1. Secure local community services

    Establish a specific procurement policy for community services across the Queensland Government and provide transparently calculated, consistently applied indexation to community sector funding reflective of the increased service delivery costs.

  2. Support local neighbourhood and community centres

    Invest in neighbourhood and community centres ($25 million).

  3. Build more social housing to end child homelessness

    Accelerate accessible social and affordable housing growth, with capital investment in regional Queensland and turning the dial on child and youth homelessness ($1.4 billion).

  4. Help low-income households access the energy transformation

    As part of Queensland’s 10 year energy plan, commit to energy efficiency measures and make solar and other new technologies accessible to renters and low-income households at scale.

  5. Make the Queensland budget work for everyone

    Implement a gender-responsive approach to the development of the State Budget by establishing a dedicated unit in Treasury ($2.8 million).

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