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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Leading figures within the community services sector in Queensland have been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2017. QCOSS Life Member and former President Karyn Walsh (pictured), has been appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) and Michael Yau, Deputy Chairperson of the...
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Queensland Government media release The Palaszczuk Government is investing $1.8 billion to build more than 5,000 extra homes, create thousands of building and construction jobs while providing more Queenslanders with a safe, secure and affordable place to call home. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk...
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Michael Hogan, Director-General of the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services, has issued a letter which highlights the funding contained in the 2017-18 Budget for Ministers' portfolios within the department. Read the attached letter in full.
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Queensland Government media release Queenslanders with disability are set to benefit from a record $1.887 billion in the State Budget for disability services and the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) rollout. Disability Services Minister Coralee O’Rourke said the Budget again showed the...
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Queensland Government media release The Palaszczuk Government’s 2017-18 Budget will invest $1.37 billion to keep children safe and support vulnerable Queenslanders. Minister Shannon Fentiman said the Palaszczuk Government had restored services for families after the LNP cut more than $259 million...
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The Create Foundation has released Go Your Own Way (leaving care) Kit for young people, aged 15 and above, who are starting to plan for their transition to adulthood and independence. The kit is filled with resources and information to assist the planning process and provide caseworkers, young...
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The NDIS is fast approaching commencement in Ipswich, from 1st July 2017! The transition to the NDIS is both exciting and daunting. Carers Link invites you to attend our interactive workshop, held in conjunction with NDIS Partner Carers Qld, to help you understand and prepare for the rollout. The...
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Show your support of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) , on Thursday 15 June, the day is designated by the United Nations as a time where we join together to voice our opposition to the abuse, neglect and suffering inflicted on older people. Elder Abuse is a single or repeated act which...
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Changes to the Domestic and Family Violence Protection Act from 30 May will mean greater protection for victims and their children. The changes strengthen police and justice responses, and allow for improved information sharing between government and non-government organisations. The Queensland...
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Queensland Government media release The Palaszczuk Government is committed to strengthening the child protection system, and last week established new minimum qualification standards for residential care workers. Child Safety Minister Shannon Fentiman said the new requirements within the...

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