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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The Brisbane Careers in Disability Expo will bring job seekers, disability service providers, job agencies and training organisations together. At the Expo you can find out about a diverse range of jobs available, meet employers and get practical advice about pathways and training. Expressions of...
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The Queensland Family and Child Commission's website Talking Families is full of helpful information for parents. The site has real life stories, tips for parents feeling overwhelmed, blog articles and resources. Parents can also follow the Talking Families Facebook community for information about...
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The Endeavour Foundation has released a helpful guide on How to speak NDIS to help people understand the jargon used in the National Disability Insurance Scheme. The resource includes translation for acroymns which are used in NDIS resources.
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The Community Services Industry Alliance (CSIA) has released it's report Commissioning for outcomes: an industry-led approach. CSIA worked with The Australian Centre for Social Innovation to develop this report and the model of investment reform that will help change for child and family services...
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The Department of Employment, Small Business and Training is seeking expressions of interest from organisations and individuals interested in supporting the Advancing Women in Business initiative. If you would like further information, the Expression of Interest has been released via the QTenders...
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The Queensland Mental Health Commission is inviting applications up to $10,000 for sponsorship that support achievement of better mental health outcomes for Queenslanders. Sponsorship enables the Commission to support community awareness events, enhance knowledge sharing and collaboration. It...
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Queensland Government media release The Palaszczuk Government has fulfilled its promise to fight domestic violence with 24 new specialist Police officers across the state. And the frontline officers will be backed with a $133 million commitment to help women and children experiencing domestic...
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Queensland Day is a celebration of Queensland’s birthday and its official separation from New South Wales as an independent colony on 6 June 1859. Celebrated annually, Queensland Day is an opportunity to commemorate the state’s culture, heritage, people, places and industry. In 2018, Queensland...
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Queensland Government media release One of North Queensland’s most prominent community services providers has celebrated a significant milestone, with NQ Community Services officially changing its name to the very fitting title of ‘Community Gro’. Speaking at the launch of Community Gro on Friday (...
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Queensland Government media release The Palaszczuk Government has ramped up efforts to cut down the excessive number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the child protection system, opening 33 family wellbeing services. Child Safety Minister Di Farmer said while the services are...

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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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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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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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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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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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