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 costs

  • Transport information

  • Telecommunications information

  • Emergency relief

#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...
Legal service
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...
Light bulbs
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...
High voltage tower
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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QCOSS is partnering with CitySmart on a Low Income Energy Efficiency Program: Reduce Your Juice. The program is designed to help young adult renters learn how to reduce their energy use and save money on energy bills through a smartphone app. Participants can earn rewards just by playing the games...
Hon Curtis Pitt MP
On 17 July the Honourable Curtis Pitt MP, Treasurer, Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships, spoke about the state budget and how it will impact on the community service sector at the QCOSS State Budget Breakfast. You can...
Individuals building thriving communities
Registrations for the 2015 QCOSS State Conference are now open and the full program is also available. This year the QCOSS conference will be presented in two exciting formats – day one will be a conference day of plenary sessions and concurrent content, while day two will be presented in a series...
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From 1 July 2015 electricity customers will have greater protection and residents in south-east Queensland will have more support to help them shop around between electricity retailers, with the introduction of the National Energy Customer Framework (NECF). While residential customers won't notice...

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