This week in review - 24 April 2019

Mark Henley

Queensland neighbourhood and community centres in crisis without funding being doubled

We have been working with the Queensland Family and Community Association to advocate strongly for a doubling of funding for community and neighbourhood centres in the lead up to the upcoming state budget. It is essential for the centres to continue the vital work they do, but with the resources they require to meet the demands of their community. I urge you to take any opportunity to promote this message. Read the full media release on our website.

Power of peaks

Last week the community service peaks met with the Department of Industrial Relations about Portable Long Service Leave Policy for the Social and Community Sector. It was again a very productive meeting and we were able to discuss the different aspects of the scheme. There is an immense amount of work still required to ensure the policy and its implementation will be successful as it is complex and, if not implemented well, could result in straining the financial viability of some organisations and/or their services.  

Continuing advocacy with key Ministers

Over the past two weeks we have met with Ministers Lynham and O’Rourke, and Director Generals from Premiers, Treasury, and line agencies. The meetings have provided an excellent platform to advocate for our asks in QCOSS State Government Budget Priority Statement. The document articulates the clear messages we hear from the sector and the broader community and therefore a vital part of our advocacy.    

Gladstone Changing Lives, Changing Communities

Next week we will host the next in our first round of Changing Lives, Changing Communities events in Gladstone. It has been a long time in the planning and I am really looking forward to getting out and spending time in the Gladstone community. There is still time to register if you are keen to come along.

Raise the Rate

New polling by ACOSS shows nearly three quarters of all Australians agree that Newstart should be increased to cover basic living costs. In the lead up to the federal election, there is no better time than now to show your support for the issue in your local community. While the Greens support raising Newstart, both major parties have fallen short of committing to an increase. It is time to raise the rate! 

Talk to politicians in your electorate and ask them if raising the rate of Newstart and Youth Allowance is on their agenda. The Newstart payment has not risen in real terms for 25 years, and $40 per day is too low to give people the support they need.

Mark Henley

Chief Executive Officer