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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Embracing technology, encouraging innovation and skilling workers for the jobs of the future are some of the priorities for action targeted in a newly released strategy for Queensland’s community services industry. Developed jointly by industry members and the Queensland Government, Partnering for...
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Applications are invited for one-off funding of up to $3,000 to deliver events, projects or activities during Queensland Women's Week 2018 (3 to 11 March 2018). The events, projects and activities should inspire the Queensland community to respect women, embrace gender equality and promote and...
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As the NDIS is rolled out across Queensland, people with disability will receive their disability supports, including aids, equipment and assistive technologies from the NDIS. Under the NDIS, this is collectively called 'assistive technology'. NDIS participants can choose to source their assistive...
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The Community Services Industry Alliance (CSIA) is holding a seminar in Brisbane on personal liability under the Fair Work Act. Last year the Fair Work Ombudsman ran an extensive audit campaign in the Health Care and Social Assistance Industry, including many community service organisations. Of the...
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Queensland Government media release Vulnerable families in Toowoomba will now have access to new intensive and specialist support services to help keep their children safely at home and out of the child protection system. Child Safety Minister Shannon Fentiman today visited Uniting Care Community,...
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The Queensland Family and Child Commission (QFCC) has released the More than safe statement - a shared lens through which we can all focus on keeping Queensland's children more than safe. In a short video , Principal Commissioner Cheryl Vardon and Queensland Council of Social Service CEO Mark...
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Queensland Government media release One of Queensland’s leading carers’ support agencies is set to continue receiving funding from the Palaszczuk Government as it transitions to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). Disability Services Minister and Member for Mundingburra Coralee O’...
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The Australia Council of Social Service (ACOSS) is campaigning against the government's Welfare Reform Bill as they believe it will increase pressure on people living in poverty. They are asking for signatures for their petition Stop the cuts. Stop the attack which calls on the government to...
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NAPCAN will be holding a series of child safety workshops throughout Queensland for anyone who works either directly or indirectly with children. Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention / Mandatory Reporting Workshop - for all employees/volunteers who work with children to ensure that they understand...
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Wide Bay business and community leaders have come together on 12 September to discuss the economic and employment opportunities the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will bring to the region. Disability Services Minister Coralee O’Rourke said the roundtable discussions would help...

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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 energy literacy webinars. You can watch a recording of the webinars or download a copy of the presentations. Energy literacy webinar Everything you need to know about energy bills including how to read a bill, what the charges are, what support is available and what to do...
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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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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Emma Garton, Queensland Council of Social Service

The theme for 2017’s Homelessness Week is ‘Action and Innovation’ which will highlight the work of specialist services in response to the homelessness crisis. 

Homelessness Australia coordinate Homelessness Week by facilitating events around Australia to create awareness...

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Lisa Hodgkinson, COTA Queensland

Coordinated by the senior’s peak organisation Council on the Ageing (COTA) Queensland on behalf of the Queensland Government, Queensland Seniors Week is an opportunity for older Queenslanders to explore programs and services, events and activities and connect with people of all ages and...

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Domnica Sparkes, UnitingCare Queensland Elder Abuse Prevention Unit Project Officer

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day falls each year on 15 June and is denoted by the colour purple which, represents wisdom, dignity, independence and creativity.

Each year, between five to 10 per cent of older people are victims of abuse or mistreatment.  Much of this is unreported and many...

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Louise Mullins, QCOSS

National Reconciliation Week (NRW) runs annually, from 27 May to 3 June, and marks two milestones in Australia’s reconciliation journey: the 1967 referendum and the High Court Mabo decision. In 2017, we reflect on two significant anniversaries – 50 years since the 1967 referendum and 25 years...

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Dr Sonja Hood CEO of Community Hubs Australia

School readiness is a term used by educators to refer to a child’s preparedness for their first day in the classroom. If you are like me, you may be thinking it’s all about literacy and numeracy, but when I started as the CEO of Community Hubs Australia I found out it was about something much...

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Mark Henley, Queensland Council of Social Service Chief Executive Officer

Last week we marked National Close the Gap Day (16 March) - a day which calls on all Australians to take real, measurable steps to achieve equality for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples by 2030. The Close the Gap campaign was launched in 2007 and 10 years on, and while some progress...

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Sammy Bruderer, NAPCAN Queensland Manager

As the peak national body for the prevention of child abuse and neglect, promoting Child Safe Organisations is a key part of our work at NAPCAN. 

We are thrilled to be able to run a series of FREE Child Safe Organisation workshops throughout Queensland, thanks to the State Government’s...

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Michael Pegg, Jobs Australia

Whenever an organisation employs someone to do work, they enter into the world of industrial relations and human resource management.  It’s not usually the main focus for the organisation and it can be hard to see why clause xyz of the something or other award matters.  But it in the world...

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