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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Physical health is important for everyone, but can be a particular challenge for people experiencing mental illness. Queenslanders with a mental health problem are twice as likely to be diagnosed with cardiovascular disease and more likely to experience other long-term health problems such as...
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After a collective effort from weavers all over the world who reached for the stars, the One Million Stars to End Violence project has reached its goal of weaving one million stars. The stars will feature in a spectacular public art installation designed and hosted by the Museum of Brisbane in King...
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As a follow-up to the closure of the application round for the Housing Construction Jobs Program, Q Shelter has released a survey aimed at demonstrating to the Queensland Government the collective impact and capacity of the housing and homelessness sector. The Housing Construction Jobs Program will...
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Victorian Council of Social Service (VCOSS) has released a major study on the human impact of power prices: POWER STRUGGLES: Everyday battles to stay connected. The report argues government must remember that real people are at the centre of our nation’s energy price crisis. The report is based on...
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Queensland Government media release Some of Queensland’s most vulnerable children are a step closer to forever homes with the introduction of new legislation into Parliament. Child Safety Minister Shannon Fentiman said reforms to the Child Protection Act 1999 will require permanency planning to...
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Queensland Government media release The Palaszczuk Government has called on homelessness organisations to tender for five new specialist mobile support services for young people. Minister for Housing and Public Works Mick de Brenni said the mobile support service, part of the Queensland Housing...
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Applications are closing soon for the 2017-18 Celebrating Multicultural Queensland Events Grants. If you are a not‑for‑profit or charitable organisation and are planning to host an event in 2018 that will celebrate and promote intercultural connections, you have until 29 August 2017 to apply for...
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Registration for this forum addressing the age-inclusive communities and housing for people of all ages is closing in 14 August 2017. COTA Queensland is working together with the Queensland Government to promote an age-friendly Queensland at COTA's Creating Age Friendly Communities Forum. The event...
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Drug Testing and Marriage Equality Standing for a Decent Australia, working with the Facts Drug Testing ACOSS applauds the decision of the Opposition Labor Party to oppose the Federal Government proposal to introduce drug testing for people needing social security support. The Opposition joins the...
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NDS Queensland is offering workshops on Costing and Pricing in a NDIS Environment in Bundaberg, Rockhampton and Hervey Bay. Costing and pricing skill and knowledge is a key area for providers to improve business practices to be prepared to operate in the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)...

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Lewis Atkinson, Haines Centre for Strategic Management

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Shelley Dunlop, QCOSS

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Joel Ainscough, Queensland University of Technology

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Provided here are some human resource management tips for consideration in the modern Australian workforce.

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Tiffany Tento, Queensland Council of Social Service

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This year’s theme is ...

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Joel Ainscough, Queensland University of Technology

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