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

Michael Hogan, Director General of the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services has provided the following overview of his department's budget services for peak and partner organisations. The department's total operating expenditure for 2016-17 is $2.818 billion, representing...
Now in its fifth year, The Salvation Army's Economic and Social Impact Survey (ESIS) surveyed more than 1,600 clients across Australia. The report revealed “disturbing new statistics on the level of poverty in Australia”, showing that some disadvantaged Australians are living on just $17 a day. “...
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nib foundation's Community Grant program aims to support locally-based initiatives which will make a positive difference to the health and wellbeing of Australian communities, with a focus on the health of young people, and carers. A Community Grant round is held each year and applications are...
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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...
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...

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