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
Disaster resilience is "the ability of individuals, communities, organisations, or countries exposed to disasters and crises and underlying vulnerabilities to: anticipate, reduce the impact of, cope with, and recover from the effects of adversity without compromising their long-term prospects." (...
The Queensland Government today released Queensland’s first Women’s Budget Statement in almost 20 years, highlighting the important contribution of women to the state’s economic future. Minister for Women Shannon Fentiman said the Women’s Budget Statement is a key document outlining the initiatives...
The 2016-17 Queensland State Budget is a solid budget for vulnerable Queenslanders. It provides funding for crucial areas such as prevention of domestic and family violence, universal access to kindy, investment in employment in regional Queensland and the provision of a range of social...
Australia is becoming more culturally diverse and many Australian organisations need support to effectively manage the opportunities and challenges that this cultural diversity brings. Research demonstrates that organisations that manage cultural diversity well can expect to receive a host of...
Today, June 15 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. Elder abuse is a global human right issue that is continuing to grow. Elder abuse knows no boundaries. In this week's episode of Radio COTA , Andy Neil is joined by Mark Phillips, Principal Investigations Officer at the Office of the Public...
Grantseekers are applying for smaller numbers of grants, and have called on funders for greater support through both multi-year grants and grants covering core operational costs, according to the latest research report from the Australian Institute of Grants Management (AIGM). The survey is said to...
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Queensland Health have released My health, Queensland's future: Advancing health 2026 (Advancing health) which sets out a 10 year vision and strategy for the Queensland health system. Advancing health outlines how the health system can better serve patients, their families and their communities and...
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The Queensland Government has committed $150 million over five years to establish new Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Family Wellbeing services to better support vulnerable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families across the state. The new services will make it easier for Aboriginal and...
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HESTA community Sector Awards recognise Australia's outstanding contributors to the community sector. The awards are an opportunity to publicly acknowledge the inspirational work individuals and organisations provide to the broader community, supporting those who need it most. If you know a...
The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey (NATSISS) was conducted from September 2014 to June 2015 with a sample of 11,178 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in private dwellings across Australia. The Australian Bureau of Statistics has released a short...

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