This week in review - 18 October 2018

Mark Henley

Peter FitzSimons and the QCOSS AGM

A reminder that the QCOSS AGM is fast approaching and this year we will be voting for two new regional board members.  You can find all the information about voting here. I am excited the guest speaker at the 2018 QCOSS AGM is Peter FitzSimons. You probably know Peter FitzSimons as a well-respected columnist for The Sydney Morning Herald and Sun-Herald and his sporting prowess. You might not know that he speaks four languages and has interviewed famous people around the globe from George Bush to Diego Maradona and written over 27 best-selling books. Peter also supports a number of community organisations and is passionate about creating healthy, engaged communities where everyone has equal opportunity and often writes and presents on a range of difficult social issues through media and telling stories of hope and realisation rather than pain and demonisation. I hope you can join us for the AGM. Details are here.

Portable Long-Service Leave (PLSL)

QCOSS has submitted a response to the consultation on portable long service leave (PLSL) in the short time available. One of the key planks of this response is the need for full and comprehensive consultation with the community sector, including its employees. Along with that, we believe a mandatory PLSL scheme in the SACS sector in Queensland is not only desirable, but necessary. The scheme should include both for-profit and not-for profit organisations. Organisations find it difficult to recruit and retain staff due to short-term funding arrangements, lack of appropriate funding, the gender balance of the workforce and the personal toll on employees providing critical support services to the community. Overall, while we acknowledge the implementation of a PLSL scheme will require initial investment of resources, over time, these costs are outweighed by the benefits for all stakeholders. However, alongside other peaks we will undergo the necessary engagement and consultation with the sector to fully understand the implications.  

Anti-poverty week 

QCOSS is involved in many events this week around anti-poverty week. We believe that every person in Queensland has a right to live a good life, be out of poverty and to experience wellbeing. Our current work in Changing Lives, Changing Communities really focusses on community and individual strengths and how each community can build places where everyone contributes, matters and belongs. We will continue this work into the future. ACOSS this week released a report in to poverty in Australia – you can read that here.

Thriving Communities Partnership

QCOSS has signed on to the Thriving Communities Partnership Protocol in Queensland. This is a cross-sector collaboration ensuring every person in Queensland has fair access to the essential services they need to thrive in contemporary Australia, including utilities, financial services, telecommunications and transport. The impact of this commitment to people centred-approaches will strengthen social, physical and financial wellbeing and resilience, benefiting both people and businesses alike. For more information about the partnership, read below and click here.

Human Rights Act for Queensland

I would like to invite you to a special event about the Human Rights Act for Queensland. This session will unpack what a Human Rights Act for Queensland could mean for community service organisations. QCOSS is hosting this event with a number of other community sector peaks as part of our focus on a Human Rights Act for Queensland. Queensland’s Attorney General Yvette D’Ath has been invited to be the guest speaker and this will be followed by a panel session. It will be over breakfast on Wednesday 28 November. Further information is available here.

Mark Henley
Chief Executive Officer