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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A forum on disaster preparedness for the aged care sector will be held in Logan on 14 December 2017. The forum aims to identify risks; then explore and agree on actions we can take toegther to ensure older people who may be vulnerable to disasters within the Logan area, are best supported and...
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International Volunteer Day is celebrated worldwide, on 5 December, to recognise the positive solidarity of volunteers around the world. Estimates suggest that there are a billion people in the world who volunteer each year and those numbers rise when tragedy strikes. In Queensland, alone, more...
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The disability sector has a diverse range of jobs to match across a range of life experience, skills and qualifications. The Careers in Disability website is the place to get connected to vacancies and opportunities within the sector. The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) creates...
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Multicultural Development Australia (MDA), in partnership with DiverseWerks, has developed a suite of resources and tools to assist organisations build their capacity to provide culturally appropriate support options for culturally and linguistically diverse communities (CALD) under NDIS (National...
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The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) has developed a toolkit to find charities within federal electorates. The purpose of the MP Charity Toolkit is two-fold: To help Federal MPs and their staff search for, and engage with, local charities To provide useful and succinct...
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The Queensland Young Achiever Award nominations will close on 15 December 2017. The Awards are designed to acknowledge, encourage and promote the positive achievements of young Queenslanders up to 29 years of age. Category winners will receive $2,000 from Auswide Bank plus the Queensland Young...
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NDS invites you to participate in this two-day workshop Strategic Foresight for your NDIS Transition and Beyond, to build foresight capacity and futures-flexibility to transform your organisation for successful operation under the NDIS. What new strategies can disability services organisations...
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The purpose of the Cultural Grants Program is to provide small non-recurrent grants to Ipswich cultural/ community based organisations with a focus on cultural development, community development, artistic development, social service, recreational, environmental or educational activities. The grants...
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Balanced Justice is a network of concerned community and church groups that seeks to enhance the safety of all Queenslanders by promoting understanding of criminal justice policies that are effective, evidence-based and human rights compliant. This paper outlines challenges, shares evidence and...
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Reconciliation Australia has announced the end of the Recognise campaign. Following months of community consultation, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander delegates met in May this year for a large deliberative event about the path to constitutional reform. Reconciliation Australia says the output...

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Author: 
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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Author: 
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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Angela Massey, QCOSS

On 8 December we celebrate Community Door’s 10th birthday.

Community Door was established as a gateway for community service organisations in Queensland to access key information and resources to help them in all aspects of their operations and keep them up to date with what’s happening...

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Lewis Atkinson, Haines Centre for Strategic Management

The traditional model of social and community benefits delivered by government, community groups, charities and the not- for profit sector, with some corporate philanthropy around the edges, has been slowing dying for some years now. 

Financial sustainability and/or independence is a...

Author: 
Dietmar Frick, QCOSS

Scamwatch is increasingly warning Australian small businesses and not for profits to beware of an invoice email scam.

The scam...

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Shelley Dunlop, QCOSS

Community Door hosts a number of useful tools and resources that can assist you with service delivery. These are all free and available for anyone to download. A few of the most popular tools are highlighted here.

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