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
The Closing the Gap Strategy released in 2008 says it will achieve equality in health and life expectancy between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and non-Indigenous people by 2030. The 2018 progress report has revealed the government is still not on track to address gaps in life...
Queensland businesses, organisations, educational institutions and government going above and beyond to create meaningful change in facilitating reconciliation are encouraged to nominate for the 2018 Queensland Reconciliation Awards. These awards provide an excellent opportunity to recognise and...
The funding for the Celebrating Multicultural Queensland grants program for multicultural projects to be delivered in 2018-19 is now open. The Celebrating Multicultural Queensland grants program promotes Queensland’s multicultural identity, the benefits of multiculturalism, and equitable access to...
Scholarships are available for individuals wanting to attend the National Volunteering Conference in Sydney. The Department of Social Services scholarship program supports the attendance and participation of delegates from regional, remote and rural communities and those experiencing financial...
The Queensland Greats Awards, now in its 18th year, recognises the efforts and achievements of extraordinary people for their remarkable contribution to the history and development of our great state. Nominations are accepted across three categories: Individual —for individuals who have shown a...
The NFP State of the Nation seminar roadshows are running across the country including locations in Queensland. Seminars will be held on the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and in Cairns. Places are filling fast and the Brisbane event has already sold out. The seminars will share insights in to the...
The National Indigenous Women's Wellbeing Conference 2018 is hosted by Indigenous Conference Services (Australia) 13-15 June, in Cairns. The aim of the conference is to provide a platform for Indigenous women’s wellbeing, bringing together health professionals to exchange knowledge and information...
The Queensland Women in Leadership Awards recognise the outstanding work, resilience and leadership skills of women from across the state. Held on International Women’s Day (8 March 2018), the awards acknowledge the influential work of women leaders, both established and emerging, and highlight the...
Radio Rentals has been ordered to refund or write off $6.1 million in default fees to consumers and to pay back an additional $13.8 million in excess lease payments. A lengthy investigation by the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) into the lending practices of consumer leasing...
The Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) has released a policy statement on the Federal Government's welfare reform bills. Their position reads as follows: QCOSS does not support changes to the social safety net in the Social Services Legislation Amendment Bills, (‘Welfare Reform’, ‘...


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