This week in review - 19 April 2018

Mark Henley
Budget priority statement
A final reminder to have a look at the QOCSS Budget Priority Statement.  If you are keen to make comment please let us know as soon as possible.  We have based this document on the QCOSS Election Statement – Manifesto for Change released late in 2017. You can access the draft QCOSS Budget Priority Statement here.
Meeting with Ministers
This week we met with the Hon Di Farmer, Minister for Child Safety, Youth and Women and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence. It provided us a great opportunity to talk to the QCOSS State Election Platform – Manifesto for Change, QCOSS 2018/19 Budget Priority Statement and QCOSS State Conference – Movement for Change. She was enthusiastic about the direction we have taken and the work we are doing in relation to QCOSS Pulse Forums, and other work including the place-based activity. We look forward to working with her into the future.
Four weeks and counting
Only four weeks to the QCOSS State Conference and I hope you will be able to join us. The program is very exciting and this week we can announce that Max Hardy, Collaboration for Impact Associate will be facilitating the second day with QCOSS staff. We are looking forward to getting some concrete actions for change from that day to progress the Movement for Change which is something we can all own, lead and drive. Please remember if you would like to come but the budget won’t stretch call Karen Murphy to discuss a subsidy – 07 3004 6913.
Have you commented on the QCOSS Housing Position Statement yet? We are seeking your input on this document and have developed a survey to prompt you through. With a vision to eliminate poverty and disadvantage in Queensland, our interest in housing stems from our cost-of-living advocacy and the key role that housing plays in underpinning good wellbeing for all people.
QCOSS believes that everyone has a right to access to stable, affordable and sustainable housing.
Safe, secure and affordable housing is under significant, sustained stress in Australia. Housing affordability is in decline, there is widespread housing stress, long social housing waitlists and unacceptably high levels of homelessness.
This draft position statement outlines our beliefs about housing and our recommended actions to respond to housing affordability.
Please take the time to complete it.You can access it here.
Mark Henley
Chief Executive Officer