The QCOSS annual Living Affordability in Queensland report aims to determine whether low-income households in Queensland can afford a basic standard of living. The 2023 Living Affordability in Queensland report identifies cost-of-living pressures associated with increasing accommodation prices and the cost of essential goods and services such as healthy food, energy, healthcare, transport, and digital communications.
Each year, QCOSS produces a Living Affordability Report to determine whether low-income households can afford a basic standard of living. The 2022 Living Affordability in Queensland report documents the impacts of high inflation, rising energy costs and low housing affordability, which are key drivers of financial hardship for Queensland households.
In 2020, temporary COVID-19 income support supplements lifted many low-income households out of poverty, however after income supports were removed, these gains were immediately lost.