The Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) considers that the following key principles inform the delivery of social services in Queensland:

  • Inclusive social and economic policy
  • Human rights instruments as key reference points for policy and practice
  • Practice informed by evidence and lived experience
  • Focus on prevention and early intervention
  • Focus on person-centred policy and practice
  • People who use services actively informing the policy decisions that impact on their lives
  • Communities actively informing local responses to need
  • Timely access to data for planning and measuring impact
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All Australians should be able to live with dignity in their community of choice. Australia’s fourteenth annual Anti-Poverty Week, runs from 15 October through to 21 October 2017. To align with the United Nations’ International Day to Eradicate Poverty, 17 October, you are invited to a public forum...
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Embracing technology, encouraging innovation and skilling workers for the jobs of the future are some of the priorities for action targeted in a newly released strategy for Queensland’s community services industry. Developed jointly by industry members and the Queensland Government, Partnering for...
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The Community Services Industry Alliance (CSIA) is holding a seminar in Brisbane on personal liability under the Fair Work Act. Last year the Fair Work Ombudsman ran an extensive audit campaign in the Health Care and Social Assistance Industry, including many community service organisations. Of the...
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The Australia Council of Social Service (ACOSS) is campaigning against the government's Welfare Reform Bill as they believe it will increase pressure on people living in poverty. They are asking for signatures for their petition Stop the cuts. Stop the attack which calls on the government to...
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Pro Bono Australia have launched Civil Voices, a survey to find out the social sector's perspective on the current state of advocacy in Australia. The organisation have said participation in the survey is essential for a holistic insight into the sector's ability to advocate on matters of public...
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Drug Testing and Marriage Equality Standing for a Decent Australia, working with the Facts Drug Testing ACOSS applauds the decision of the Opposition Labor Party to oppose the Federal Government proposal to introduce drug testing for people needing social security support. The Opposition joins the...
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Poverty and severe hardship affect more than a million Australians. Around the world more than a billion people are desperately poor. The main aims of Anti-Poverty Week are to: strengthen public understanding of the causes and consequences of poverty and hardship around the world and within...
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The Queensland Government’s Not Now, Not Ever campaign aims to raise community awareness and encourage community participation during Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month in May. We all have a role to play in ending domestic and family violence and Queenslanders are being encouraged to...
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We have launched a brand new course on the Community Door eTraining website which provides an introduction to the social service sector in Queensland for managers and organisations new to the sector. It is free for anyone to access. It features a profile of the sector in Queensland, insights into...
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Legal Aid Queensland invites community workers to join a free webinar on credit and debt. The webinar on Thursday 9 February, at 10am, will be delivered by Paul Holmes, senior lawyer in Legal Aid Queensland’s Consumer Protection team, and will cover: • what happens to clients if they can’t pay...

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