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
May is Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month. It is a great opportunity to raise awareness of domestic and family violence. Get involved by attending a local event or hosting one of your own. All over the state — in our workplaces, schools, sporting clubs, neighbourhoods and communities —...
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The second Vulnerability Report from Australian Red Cross focuses on Australia's current criminal justice systems. It highlights the inhumane effects of growing adult imprisonment rates and the failure of current approaches to reduce crime, target government expenditure effectively and produce...
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The Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services (DCCSDS) is seeking input to assist in the development of a strategic investment direction and plan to guide their investment over the coming years. In early 2016, the department held a round of consultation workshops across the...
Australia’s 600,000 charities and not-for-profits, from international aid groups right down to the local tennis club, have recently received a major boost, as Justice Connect’s Not-for-profit Law service launched the acclaimed Information Hub for a national audience. The Not-for-profit Law...
A Churchill Fellowship offers ordinary Australians the opportunity to travel to the far edges of the globe to conduct valuable research in their field and bring back knowledge, experience, ideas and innovation for the betterment of their industry, community and Australia. Fellowships are awarded...
The Service Providers Accessibility Guide has been designed by Media Access Australia to provide you with a practical, hands-on, step-by-step way to effectively prepare and deliver content and communications to people with disabilities via computing and mobile devices. The original version of this...
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The Queensland Government has made improvements to community recovery after a disaster or emergency. This includes more sophisticated disaster mapping and clearer eligibility criteria for financial assistance which means help can go more efficiently to those suffering genuine hardship. Referrals...
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Australia's National Research Organisation for Women's Safety (ANROWS) is an independent, not for profit research organisaiton established to produce evidence to support the reduction of violence against women and their children. ANROWS' latest state of knowledge paper on Domestic and family...
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The 2015 QCOSS Conference was held on 13-14 October 2015 at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. Speakers included Jessica Venegas from Community Solutions USA, a panel session hosted by Jenny Brockie from SBS Insight, and a storytelling workshop by Juanita Wheeler from Full & Frank...
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Have you explored the Community Door eTraining site? All training is free and accessible to anyone. We have just launched a new eTraining module based around the Queensland Human Services Quality Framework (HSQF). The Human Services Quality Framework (HSQF) is the first consolidated set of...

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