This week in review - 4 October 2018

Mark Henley

Changing Lives, Changing Communities

QCOSS with QDN, and ADCQ are getting ready for the next round of Changing Lives, Changing Communities events in October.  We will be in Toowoomba next week, and Mackay the week after. In November we will be in Gladstone, Cairns, Mount Isa and Brisbane and then Caboolture in early December.  These are inspiring events as it is fantastic to hear about everyone’s aspirations for their community and the project and actions that they develop. I hope I will meet you at them.

QCOSS represented on the ACOSS board

We are delighted QCOSS Board Member Matt Gardiner has been elected to the ACOSS Board.  This role will provide an additional opportunity for QCOSS to work more closely at a strategic level with ACOSS on social issues impacting all Australians.  We have a very productive relationship with ACOSS and the rest of the COSS network and this is a bonus given there are so many federal policies impacting people across Queensland.

Open doors to renting reform

The Queensland Government is currently consulting on reforms to renting in Queensland.  People in Queensland are being asked to complete a survey and do weekly snap polls.  I urge you to do both and ask you to use all of your contacts who may be renting to do the same. You can access the consultation tools here. QCOSS is in the process of working through this reform and will be back to you with more details in the near future.  The more people across the state that engage in this consultation the better so please use your contacts. 

Human Rights Act for Queensland

While commitment has been made by this government to introduce a Human Rights Act for Queensland it is still important we support the campaign and lobby our local members of parliament.  A Human Rights Act will have benefits for all people in Queensland and has the potential to impact on the way we do our work. More information here.


Mark Henley
Chief Executive Officer