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
The Queensland Government has today launched a new violence prevention plan to help women and girls in Queensland live without fear, threats or experience of violence. Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence Shannon Fentiman launched key actions via the Queensland Violence...
MS Queensland has led the collaboration of 11 Progressive Neurological Disease organisations, called The NeuroCare Network - we are working together to provide better outcomes for Queenslanders living with progressive neurological and neuromuscular disease. The NeuroCare Network is hosting a Q&...
The QFCC recently surveyed more than 4,000 Queensland adults to better understand what drives help-seeking, help-offering and help-accepting behaviours in relation to parenting. The Talking Families research report is now available along with statewide snapshots highlighting some of the key...
Changes to the treatment of reportable fringe benefits might affect your staff receiving family assistance or youth income support payments. From 1 January 2017, when calculating eligibility for family assistance and youth income support payments, 100 per cent of reportable fringe benefits will be...
Wesley Mission Queensland’s Campaign for Change is looking for the state’s best and brightest innovators. Campaign for Change is a chance for you to make your bright ideas a reality and to make a real difference in your local community. This year Wesley Mission Queensland, with the support of the...
The Queensland Government is committed to building a new child protection and family support system that meets the needs of children and families, now and into the future. For this system to be effective and efficient in meeting the needs of Queensland children and families, it requires a rigorous...
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...

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Tiffany Tento, Queensland Council of Social Service

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