Part of the support project funded by the Queensland Government included a survey of the 316 listed organisations in order to collect data on the impacts of the Regulation on affected organisations. The data from this survey has been useful in shaping feedback on the impacts of the original Regulation.
In addition to this funded work on the immediate impact of the Regulation on prescribed organisations, peak organisations in Queensland, including QCOSS and NDS continue to conduct advocacy around the need for funding the full cost of service delivery across the whole sector. See www.nds.org.au or QCOSS' new Fairer Queensland Campaign (www.fairerqld.com.au).
This work is also picked up by the Community Services Futures Forum (see www.futuresforum.org.au)
Organisations are encouraged to contact their peak body regarding the latest advocacy activities. In addition to this organisations should continue lobbying their local members and funding bodies and inform them of the challenges placed upon their organisation as a result of rising wage costs.
ACOSS together with the state COSS network, has also developed resources that can assist you – including template letters, talking points, a paper on gender undervaluation in our sector, fact sheets and a lobbying resource kit. To access these resources visit the ACOSS Website's Campaign Materials Page
Another resource that you can use to support your lobbying is the 2010 Sector Profile, which outlines the sector’s economic contribution and the size of our workforce. Download a copy of the 2010 Sector Profile.
For the latest news on funding see the 'Latest News' section.