Cost of living pressures impact many Queenslanders, particularly those on low incomes who may be experiencing poverty and disadvantage.

The cost of essential services, such as electricity, water, telecommunications and public transport, has a significant impact on low-income households, who typically spend a higher proportion of their income on essentials.

QCOSS tracks the cost of living over time for a number of example households through our Cost of Living reports.

On these pages you will find information, factsheets, links and news items to assist you in helping your clients maintain access to affordable essential services, and keep you up-to-date on changes that may affect you or your clients. The information covers:

  • Financial and budgeting tips

  • Electricity and gas bills

  • Water bills

  • Transport information

  • Telecommunications information

  • Emergency relief

Queensland couples who rely on the age pension and rent in the private market are at the greatest risk of living in poverty compared to other seniors, according to the Queensland Council of Social Service's (QCOSS) latest Cost of Living Report . QCOSS’ fourth Cost of Living Report – Special Edition...
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