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

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The cost of basic necessities like electricity, gas and water impacts greatly and disproportionately on vulnerable and disadvantaged people. Energy and water affordability remains a persistent problem for many Australian households. The South Australian Council of Social Service (SACOSS) report...
The Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) recently released a new report revealing the interrelated nature of poverty and disadvantage, highlighting key areas in Queensland which need to be addressed with better targeted programs, policies and investment. QCOSS’ Queensland’s wellbeing 2016...
#TriftyThursday tip
The Department of Energy and Water Supply has launched a social media initiative to help householders improve their energy efficiency and thus reduce their electricity costs. The weekly #NRGsavings #ThirftyThursday posts on the EnergyQld social media channel feature a series of graphics and...
The Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) is now inviting applications for its 2016 grants program. The ACCAN Grants Scheme funds projects which either undertake research on telecommunications issues, represent consumers or create educational tools which empower consumers to...
Licensed real estate agencies operating in eligible areas of new settlement are now able to register with the Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS National) to access free phone interpreting services until 30 June 2016. The service may be used to communicate with Australian citizens and...
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A media release from Attorney-General and Minister for Justice and Minister for Training and Skills The Honourable Yvette D'Ath Additional services for vulnerable Queenslanders Vulnerable and disadvantaged Queenslanders are set to benefit from an extra $2.704 million allocated to free legal...
MORE support has been announced for financial counselling in drought-stricken regions in Queensland. An extra $730,000 in funding has been provided for Rural Financial Counselling Service (RFCS) providers in Queensland to continue to help farmers battling drought across the State. Times of drought...
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QCOSS has delivered a number of Energy Literacy workshops across the state in 2015. The purpose of the workshops was to spark a conversation about energy issues and provide information for community organisations who assist clients struggling with energy bills. These workshops were also delivered...
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Cost reflective tariffs are being developed and implemented by energy businesses across Australia. By more closely aligning the way we pay for electricity consumption with the costs of providing electricity, the fairness and efficiency of the electricity distribution system can potentially be...
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The Queensland Council of Social Service held a free energy literacy webinar on Tuesday 6 October 2015, covering topics such as: the energy industry in Queensland how to read an electricity bill how to avoid disconnection concessions available for low income earners how to reduce electricity costs...

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