Take a look around to tackle poverty: Anti-poverty week

At QCOSS, we believe every person in Queensland has a right to live a good life, to be out of poverty and experience wellbeing. Acknowledging anti-poverty week, QCOSS is proud to have been part of various events throughout Queensland to reduce poverty and hardship, including events in Beenleigh, Upper Coomera and Southport and upcoming events in Elanora and Logan.

Anti-poverty week seeks to raise awareness and strengthen understanding of the causes and consequences of poverty and disadvantage in communities throughout Queensland - an issue central to QCOSS’s every day work.

This week, ACOSS released the 2018 Poverty in Australia report, which found one in eight adults and more than one in six children are living in poverty in Australia, with many of those affected living in deep poverty. The report found the group of people experiencing poverty most are relying on Government payments such as Youth Allowance and Newstart.

QCOSS is proud to work alongside ACOSS and support their ‘Raise the Rate’ campaign, calling on the federal government to raise the single rate of Newstart, Youth Allowance and related payments.

Place-based work is a major focus for QCOSS in Queensland, aiming to empower and create brighter futures for local communities. Our current work with place-based initiatives, including the 13 Changing Lives, Changing Communities events, focus on community and individual strengths, and how each place can build an environment where everyone contributes, matters and belongs.

“QCOSS believes that engaging and working with people in place is an essential part of making real social change,” QCOSS CEO Mark Henley said.

QCOSS is also tackling other federal issues that disadvantaged people in Queensland, including the social service reforms. These reforms further stigmatise social service recipients who have limited economic options.

“One of the biggest pressures facing people in Queensland is housing affordability,” Mr Henley said. “QCOSS recognises the importance of affordable, accessible and sustainable house for people in Queensland.”

QCOSS has been working on various projects throughout the year to make housing more affordable for people in Queensland, including the QCOSS Housing Position Statement.

Alongside this work, QCOSS continues to work on various projects to ensure essential services are affordable for people in Queensland, including water, energy and transport. This week, QCOSS signed on to be part of the Queensland Chapter of the Thriving Communities Partnership (TCP), a cross-sector collaboration ensuring everybody has fair access to essential services including utilities, financial services, telecommunications and transport.

For more than 50 years QCOSS has been a leading force for social change to eliminate poverty and disadvantage. With members throughout Queensland, QCOSS supports a strong community service sector.

For media enquiries, contact: Karen Murphy – 0423 245 252

QCOSS believes that engaging and working with people in place is an essential part of making real social change