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Action and Impact Jan - March

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Action and impact
January to March 2017
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Action
Energy Savvy Families
10 community organisations in regional Queensland
In partnership with the Department of Energy and Water Supply, Ergon and CitySmart
Community forums build connections in many communities
Helps families better manage their electricity costs
Policy and advocacy
Strengthening our Place phase two
Domestic and family violence information needs
Community projects progressing in Rockhampton and on the Fraser Coast
3
Better outcomes children and families
Working together alongside community and the Queensland Family and Child Commission
Centrelink debt collection issue
Identify the communication needs of multicultural communities and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders
9
Locations
14
Focus groups
190
People
9
Robust conversations informed recommendations to government
53 responses and stories, work with national COSS network
Policy position developed and used in advocacy
Budget priorities determined with members
More than 100 responses and numerous comments
100
6
Six priorities for action for the Queensland Government in the Budget Priority Statement
14
Four focus areas for QCOSS
Continue place-based work and advocacy to improve community outcomes
Continue to build the capacity of citizens to engage in  and lead policy development
Connect people and share resources, tools, ideas, evidence and training for a stronger sector
Continue advocacy to address cost-of-living pressures
Place
Sector
Citizens
Costs
"Underpinned by the understanding that equity and inclusion for individuals, self-determination for communities, access to a standard of living and services to support an identified need are the keys to social and economic wellbeing for all."
Wellbeing for all
Activity
17
570
5000
Events held across the state and online.  Topic areas including: cost-of-living, domestic and family violence, art of hosting, Queensland budget, Energy Savvy Families, Switched on Communities, tender writing, multicultural inclusion.
More than 570 people engaged in QCOSS activities. Including consultation to improve policy responses, professional development or local engagement to address local issues.
More than 5,000 people reached through communication channels.   Information including news, resources, publications, tools and community service announcements to support the community sector and their communities.