The social service sector in Queensland is currently subject to a number of government reform processes.

In this section you will find information on the individual reform processes, as well as current news and resources related to social service reform in general.

Department of Social Services reforms (Australia-wide)

The Department of Social Services is implementing new grant arrangements to bring together 18 grants programmes from five former Departments into seven larger broadbanded programmes aligned to the priorities of Government. The new programmes have been combined and streamlined to capitalise on common client needs and service delivery outcomes. These programmes aim to provide civil society with greater flexibility to address service needs of individuals, families and communities.

In addition to the existing four Ageing and Aged Care grant programmes, the new grant programmes are:

  • The Families and Communities Programme
  • Housing and Homelessness Programme
  • Disability, Mental Health and Carers Programme

The new grant arrangements include:

  • new grant programmes that better reflect the way community services are delivered
  • longer term grant agreements where appropriate, to offer certainty in service delivery
  • a move towards a single grant agreement for each provider to reduce administrative burden
  • a new and streamlined approach to programme performance reporting which is mutually beneficial
  • simplified financial acquittal reporting to cut down on administrative costs for providers
In October 2016, the Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services released Connecting care to recovery 2016-2021: A plan for Queensland's State-funded mental health, alcohol and other drug services (PDF 3.32MB). Connecting care to recovery 2016-2021 builds on the vision of My health,...
Coinciding with Anti-Poverty Week last week, the Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) released ‘Poverty in Australia Report 2016’ . The report, produced in partnership with the Social Policy Research Centre at the University of NSW, shows that 731,300 children or 17.4 per cent of all...
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The Queensland Family and Child Commission (QFCC) has published research findings from its Talking Families public communication campaign. The report describes facilitators of, and barriers to, parents' help-seeking and help-accepting behaviour, and the community's help-offering behaviour. The...
Treasurer Curtis Pitt has outlined three shortlisted proponents seeking to deliver innovative services under the state government’s Social Benefit Bonds program . Mr Pitt said there had been strong interest in the pilot Social Benefit Bonds initiative that will involve investors, the social...
The Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) Approach is how the NDIS is delivering early childhood intervention for children aged 0-6 years. The overall aim of ECEI is to ensure that parents or primary caregivers are able to provide young children who have developmental delay or disabilities with...
The Queensland Government has strengthened its domestic violence laws to allow police to act more quickly to protect women and children fleeing violence and by allowing courts to extend Domestic Violence Orders for up to five years. New laws passed by Parliament yesterday will require magistrates...
The University of Southhampton is running a free online course around digital inclusion, titled Digital Accessibility: Enabling Participation in the Information Society . The course runs for five weeks, commencing on 17 October 2016. This course will help you to understand how those with sensory,...
Four organisations in the disability sector share how and why they responded to sector changes by launching an innovation strategy. Three months into the full implementation of the biggest reform the disability sector in Australia has ever seen, Social Ventures Australia spoke to four disability...
Queensland Courts has released a series of short videos that explain the court process for domestic and family violence, to provide the information necessary to take part in the legal process. If you are applying or responding to a domestic violence order, there is information for you. Domestic...
The lack of gender diversity on boards in Queensland is being challenged under a State Government initiative launched at Parliament House in Brisbane today. Minister for Women Shannon Fentiman today announced the Towards Gender Parity: Women on Boards Initiative to increase the number of women on...

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The road ahead
Author: 
Valmae Rose, Queensland Council of Social Service

In the social service sector we are currently seeing a lot of interest and focus on outcomes. Given the desire to determine ‘value for money’ and other objectives of public investment in social services, there is renewed interest in the outcomes we are achieving, at a client and program level....

Peter Kenyon
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Shelley Dunlop, QCOSS

Last week on 17 October 2014 the QCOSS State Conference - Building strength was held at the Convention and Exhibition Centre in Brisbane.

The program aimed to build on the strengths already existing within Queensland’s strong and resilient community service sector, as well...

Green lightbulb
Author: 
Carly Allen, Manager Essential Services, Queensland Council of Social Services

Electricity prices have increased by 86 per cent over the last five years and this is having an impact on households across the state. Community organisations have reported growing numbers of clients presenting with financial stress as a direct result of an electricity bill they couldn’t...

The balance between people and money
Author: 
Alyce Maschio, Foresters Community Finance

For social enterprises and non-profit organisations, access to capital means they can build financial independence, own assets, leverage greater community benefits, and develop capacity to build a sustainable long-term future.

As the funding landscape changes and major sector...

Happy children lying in a circle
Author: 
Lucas Moore, Queensland Coordinator, CREATE Foundation

This month marks Child Protection Week (7-13 September) around Australia with the theme Protecting Children is Everybody’s Business.  For the broader community, the initiative focuses on raising awareness about child protection issues including child abuse prevention...

Multicultural hands
Author: 
Grazia Catalano, Multicultural Policy Officer, QCOSS

The Queensland Government has just released some excellent policy documents on the Cultural Diversity Policy and the ...

The Queensland Plan logo
Author: 
Tiffany Tento, Queensland Council of Social Service

The Queensland Government’s ambitious and visionary Queensland Plan has set out a positive framework for the next 30 years, but its success will depend on whether it can inspire real action.

The Queensland Plan is not...

Outcomes signpost
Author: 
Jane Grant, Queensland Council of Social Service

This week I had the opportunity to undertake training on Social Return on Investment (SROI). Part of the SROI Network’s vision...

ACOSS logo
Author: 
Megan Smith, Homelessness Planning and Coordination Officer, QCOSS

The 2014 ACOSS conference was recently held in Brisbane on 11-12 June 2014, with a theme of Global problems, local solutions: tackling inequality in Australia and beyond. The conference...

Money bag
Author: 
Gail Slocombe, Senior Project Officer, QCOSS

The Queensland Government has launched its Social and Human Services Investment Framework which is based on the three principles of:

  • customers first
  • red tape reduction and
  • contestability 

These three pillars are expected to lead to more...

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