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.
It is a budget with many reform measures and pilot programs. To ensure the community gets the best possible value from this investment it is critical that these reforms and pilots are coordinated; learnings from them are shared; and the sector is integrally involved in codesigning and implementing them.
Managing the place-based approach evident in the budget measures will provide the ability to achieve better outcomes but will add another level of complexity. QCOSS would like to see governance structures at local levels that empower communities to find the best possible solutions to their unique situation.
These responses will rely on working together across agencies and sectors toward a shared community goal. While this is challenging the most successful approaches have an external coordinating body or role that can bring together the right people, at the right time, in the right place. One that can link and analyse needs, highlight gaps, and leverage existing investment to ensure value for money.
This budget has identified a broad array of initiatives aimed at improving social and economic outcomes for many, such as the Skilling Queenslanders for Work program, the Triple P Positive Parenting Program, domestic and family violence programs, and better health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families.
Read the full QCOSS Commentary State Budget 2015-16 (pdf).
Or read an accessible version of the QCOSS Commentary State Budget 2015-16 (word).
Watch the QCOSS State Budget Breakfast presentation
On 17 July the Honourable Curtis Pitt MP gave a first hand account of the 2015 State budget and how it will impact the community service sector at the QCOSS State Budget Breakfast.
You can watch the Treasurer’s presentation at the State Budget Breakfast on StudioQ.