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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In the first reading of the 2015 Queensland Budget Speech on 14 July 2015, Treasurer Pitt announced that the Queensland Government will pilot three social benefit bonds aimed at sourcing funds from the private sector to finance the achievement of quantifiable social outcomes in the community. The...
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On 17 July the Honourable Curtis Pitt MP, Treasurer, Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships, spoke about the state budget and how it will impact on the community service sector at the QCOSS State Budget Breakfast. You can...
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The Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) report , Inequality in Australia: A nation divided , has found that there is a big gap in incomes and wealth between different groups in society. While inequality is not as extreme in Australia by international comparison, we are trending in the...
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The Hon Shannon Fentiman MP, Minister for Communities, Women and Youth, Minister for Child Safety and Minister for Multicultural Affairs, and the Hon Coralee O’Rourke MP, Minister for Disability Services, Minister for Seniors and Minister Assisting the Premier on North Queensland, have today...
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The Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) has launched an online hardship portal that has a range of resources to assist people who may be experiencing tough times and finding it hard to pay their phone or internet bills. The portal is designed for financial counsellors as well...
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On Tuesday 12 May 2015, Minister for Communities, Women and Youth, Minister for Child Safety, Minister for Multicultural Affairs, the Honourable Shannon Fentiman MP, officially launched National Volunteer Week and Volunteering Queensland's Community Resource Handbooks . “Research shows that...
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Presented by Social Traders, the SE Masters Conference 2015 provides a unique opportunity for people interested in, operating or supporting social enterprises to benefit from sessions with Australian social enterprise award winners and local and international guest speakers. Program features:...
Brisbane City Council recognises the importance of community and not-for-profit organisations having access to advice that will assist with the management of, and future sustainability of their assets. In 2013, Council established the Inclusive Brisbane Professional Advice Alliance to provide pro...
QCOSS has just completed the first of two rounds of workshops in Mitchelton (Brisbane North), South Brisbane (Brisbane South), and Inala (Brisbane South West) engaging with service providers to establish Local Level Alliances in preparation for the roll out of Child and Family Connect funding (...
Outcomes Working Group A successful Outcomes Working Group meeting was held on the last Friday of January 2015, co-facilitated by Valmae Rose from QCOSS and Judith Rowell from the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services. QCOSS is excited to be leading the work on behalf of...

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