The Queensland social service sector incorporates a range of service delivery, community development, social justice, and advocacy organisations operating across a range of areas, including but not limited to: health, housing, employment, disability, aged care, services for children and young people, Indigenous affairs and multicultural affairs. Inclusion in the sector is less about the specific service being provided and more about commitment to a shared vision and a set of values. Organisations which are not-for-profit, community based and have a shared vision and central values are considered to be part of the social service sector.

The social service sector provides the community with services that meet a broad range of needs. The delivery of services aims to promote physical, social, emotional, mental and spiritual wellbeing. Groups in the community that are marginalised or disadvantaged, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) families and people with a disability, are supported by government and non-government providers of community services.

This section contains details on the social service sector in Queensland, including reform processes, networks, research and reports.

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Neighbour Day is celebrated on 25 March 2018 with the aim of fostering strong personal connections that last the whole year round. The aim of Neighbour Day is to build better relationships with the people who live around us, especially the elderly and vulnerable. Neighbours are important because...
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Accessing respite is important for carers and the person they are caring for, enabling them both to have a break. The Carer Gateway has information on a number of respite care services that may be available to access. Generally respite is planned in advance. This can help avoid stress build-up, and...
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Super early bird registrations are now open for the 17th National Volunteering Conference held 20-22 June 2018 at the International Convention Centre, in Sydney. The conference theme this year is 'Ignite, Invigorate, Inspire'. The 2018 conference will provide a forum for not-for-profit, managers of...
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The Disaster Preparedness for Older People project aims to identify risks and agree on actions to ensure older people who may be vulnerable to disasters are best supported and protected from future impacts. The forum will provide: Identification of the key players for disaster preparedness for...
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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...
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Safer Internet Day (SID) is an annual, worldwide event held on 6 February 2018. Celebrated in 130 countries, SID is a great opportunity to engage the community in understanding how to make the online world safe for all users. In 2018, the SID theme ‘Create, connect and share respect: A better...
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Legal Aid Queensland invites you to join them for a webinar in Understanding legal issues in banking, credit and debt. The webinar for community, health and education workers will examine credit, debt and financial issues including: common credit and debt issues faced by consumers following...
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Blue Card Services has recently released new video and radio play resources to assist remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to better understand and dispel myths about the blue card system. We are all working together to keep kids safe and through these resources Blue Card...
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Be Connected is a free program for older Australians to help them increase their online confidence and skills, and realise the benefits of going online. Older Australians can access the program to learn the basics of how to use a digital device, send emails, use Facebook and other social media,...
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Queenslanders with Disability Network (QDN) invites you to join them for My Housing Matters - Imagine the home you want to live in. Explore the pros and cons of options currently available in the private and public housing sectors. The workshop includes: Practical, hands on workshop for people with...

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Are you looking for support in Queensland, or trying to find a service that meets your needs? Now you can search oneplace , the service directory hosted by the Queensland Family and Child Commission. oneplace is an easily accessible directory of community services to help Queensland families to get...
The Financial Counsellors' Association of Queensland is the peak professional body representing the membership of 74 Financial Counsellors throughout inner city, suburban and regional Queensland. The FCAQ is also a not for profit organisation whose members provide a fee and accessible financial...
QCOSS has held a number of webinars on various topics related to the Cost of Living. You can watch a recording of the webinars or download a copy of the presentations. Energy literacy webinar This webinar covers everything you need to know about energy bills including how to read a bill, what the...
Legal Aid have a series of captioned recordings about Legal Aid Queensland services on their YouTube channel . Videos for community, health and education workers can be found here and include their published community legal education webinars. Upcoming webinars can be found on the Information for...
The Legal Health Check is a collaboration between the Queensland Public Interest Law Clearing House (QPILCH) and the National Association of Community Legal Centres Inc. The Legal Health Check provides a number of resources and tools to help organisations identify their clients' legal needs and...
In the first reading of the 2015 Queensland Budget Speech on 14 July 2015, Treasurer Pitt announced that the Queensland Government will pilot 3 social benefit bonds aimed at sourcing funds from the private sector to finance the achievement of quantifiable social outcomes in the community. The pilot...
The Community Resource Handbooks were launched by Volunteering Queensland on 12 May 2015. They consolidate the knowledge gained through Volunteering Queensland's community leadership work with more than 2,000 community groups over the past fifteen years. The handbooks are aimed at small to medium...
An inaugural benchmarking survey draws together insights from over 100 survey respondents on topics such as governance, strategy, fundraising, risk management and the use of volunteer and professional resources. The survey results highlight that many not-for-profit organisations rely heavily on...
Amnesty International has released ‘The State of the World’s Human Rights’. The 2014/15 report documents the state of the world's human rights during 2014. Read more
The presentations below are from the QCOSS State Conference on 17 October 2014.
The Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) has produced the Planned Support Guide: an approach to case management for people working in a wide range of community services. If you are a front line worker, supervisor or manager this guide is for you. The guide assists in the development of a...
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Natalie Siegel-Brown, Public Guardian

As the Queensland Public Guardian I am pleased to announce the inaugural opening of the Queensland Public Guardian’s Excellence Awards.

As Public Guardian, I want to acknowledge the exemplary work being undertaken by staff in the community services sector across the...

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December is the perfect month to do some good by helping those most in need over the festive season.

Countless families are struggling at Christmastime and the pressure on them is often more challenging than any other time of year.

By sparing your time as a volunteer you could ease...

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Author: 
Sharon Daley, QCOSS

International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) is held on 3 December each year.

It is a United Nations (UN) sanctioned day, celebrated internationally and aiming to increase public awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with disability, as well as to celebrate the...

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Author: 
Emma Garton, Queensland Council of Social Service

Transition to Independence Month (T2I Month), held annually in November, aims to raise awareness about the needs of young people as they transition from out-of-home care to independence. 

This year’s theme Road to Independence… Journey to success aims to promote the idea that a...

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Being a foster carer means opening the door to children who you are related to biologically; children and young people who can’t live in their own home because they have experienced emotional, physical or sexual abuse or neglect, are at risk of experiencing one of those forms of harm or...

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Author: 
Emma Garton, Queensland Council of Social Service

This year Carers Queensland will show carers they count by celebrating their contribution and dedication to the care of others at local events around the state, during National Carers Week.

The week provides an opportunity for local communities to raise awareness, from 15 to...

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Author: 
Louise Mullins, Queensland Council of Social Service

Would it surprise you to know that poverty and severe hardship affects more than a million Australians? And around the world more than a billion are desperately poor?

Anti-Poverty Week 2017 encourages all Australians to highlight issues of poverty and hardship here, at home, and overseas...

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Author: 
Julie Martin, Queensland Mental Health Week Coordinator

Celebrate good mental health and wellbeing by getting involved in 2017 Queensland Mental Health Week.

The week is an opportunity to promote good mental health and wellbeing, create understanding of mental illness, and celebrate the lives of people living with mental illness.

This...

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Queensland Child Protection Week

Queenslanders are being called upon to support children everyday this Child Protection Week - Sunday 3 to Saturday 9 September 2017 - as communities across the state are reminded that ‘Protecting Children is Everybody’s Business.’

With more than 22,581 notifications made to...

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House Call Doctor

Research shows Indigenous health professionals account for only 0.3% of the national healthcare workforce.

This severe underrepresentation has a number of repercussions for the industry and Indigenous members of the community seeking culturally appropriate healthcare.

“The...

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