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 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 essential services, and keep you up-to-date on changes that may affect you or your clients. The information covers:

  • General financial and budgeting advice

  • Electricity and gas bills

  • Water bills

  • Transport information

  • Telecommunications information

  • Emergency relief

If you are interested in getting more information, QCOSS is available to provide community organisations with hands-on advice and workshops to help you support your clients struggling with electricity and water bills. If you are interested in participating in a workshop or would like to join our mailing list, please drop us a line at or call 07 3004 6900.

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