Our elected representatives need to act now and make decisions that prioritise equality, opportunity and wellbeing for every person in every community. In response to this, QCOSS will be making four submissions to the Social Security Inquiries in September and October.
We have lodged our submission to the Newstart Inquiry. In the submission, we are calling on the federal government to increase single unemployment (Newstart) and student allowances immediately by at least $75 per week. You can read the full findings from the submission here.
We also made a submission to the Centrelink Automated Debt Recovery Inquiry, also known as Robo-debt, on 20 September. Among other requests, we asked the federal government to abolish the current automated debt recovery scheme including suspending any further action against individuals who have been affected. You can read the full findings from the submission here.
We will be making submissions to the Drug Testing Trial and the Income Management to Cashless Debit Card Transition Bill in the coming weeks.