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.

Christmas and the holiday season can be a challenging time of year for many people. A number of services are available to help those in need during this time. 13Family (13 32 64) hotline Mums and Dads across Queensland are urged to call 13Family (13 32 64) for extra support if times are tough this...
Back by popular demand The State Councils of Social Service (COSS) are partnering to once again deliver a webinar series to uncover what every not-for-profit organisation needs to know about effectively responding to government procurement processes. The webinars will cover: Getting “tender ready”...
Community groups who want to make the 2017 Queensland Women’s Week celebrations a big success are invited to apply for a share of $150,000 to host events, projects and activities that promote women. Community organisations across the state can apply for grants of up to $3,000 to hold celebrations...
ADA Australia has announced its inaugural national conference, themed Human Rights and Social Justice: Shifting Client Control, which will be held in March next year at the Gold Coast. Offering a world-class program of aged care, disability and guardianship leaders, the conference will bring...
The Youth Boost payment is available to eligible employers who hire an unemployed young person (aged 15-24) between 1 December 2016 and 28 February 2017 (inclusive). Employers are able to apply for Youth Boost from 29 December 2016 , noting that as part of the eligibility requirements an employee...
ACCAN and Infoxchange have come together to produce a report focusing on the more than 427,000 dwellings (about 5 per cent of housing stock) in Australia which fall into the category of social housing – housing provided by the government and community sectors to accommodate people in the lowest...
Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) is thrilled that more than 150,000 Queensland families will receive a rebate on their electricity bills as part of new state government policy. Following recommendations from QCOSS, the existing $330 Electricity Rebate will be extended to include...
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The Australia-ASEAN Emerging Leaders Program (A2ELP) brings together social entrepreneurs from South-East Asia andAustralia to incubate new projects and professional connections across the region. The focus of the program this year will be in the social impact space and is looking for applicants...
Case studies show social purpose organisations are reaping the benefits of improved process efficiencies. According to Olivia Hilton, Executive Director, SVA Consulting, “A lot of social purpose organisations just do not have the luxury of spending time wondering if there are other ways to achieve...
CAT Online (Cultural Awareness Training Online) is a powerful digital platform for learning about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture. It was established in 2015 by four passionate individuals with a vision for curtailing the expression of racism through cultural intelligence training...

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Tiffany Tento, Queensland Council of Social Service

National Reconciliation Action Week (27 May to 3 June) is celebrated in Australia each year, in commemoration of two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey – the anniversaries of the successful 1967 referendum and the High Court Mabo decision.

This year’s theme is ...

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Joel Ainscough, Queensland University of Technology

As more and more businesses impose fees and restrict access to paper bills and statements, customers are being denied their right to choose how they receive important information. The Keep Me Posted campaign is advocating for the Australian public’s right to choose how they are contacted...

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Queensland Council of Social Service

The Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) recently released a new report revealing the interrelated nature of poverty and disadvantage, highlighting key areas in Queensland which need to be addressed with better targeted programs, policies and investment.

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Shelley Dunlop, Queensland Council of Social Service

You may have seen the Network Spaces tab at the top of the Community Door site. You may even think Network Spaces is actually Community Door, a common assumption since the whole of Community Door used to be that green colour.

So what is Network Spaces and why would you want to use it?...

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The Social Benefit Bond Program, Queensland Treasury

The competitive tender process for the Queensland government's new Social Benefit Bonds program has recently been launched, and the Invitation for Expressions of Interest (EOI) documents are available via...

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Jim Haywood, Centacare Brisbane

At a time of significant disruption in the community services sector, many organisations are rightly focused on defining their inventory and consolidating their market position. The idea of collaboration or partnership in an increasingly competitive market seems nonsensical to many agencies....

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Linda Hayes, Corporate Synergies Australia

In 2012, the Commonwealth Government established the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission (ACNC), with a remit to remove complex regulations and repetitive reporting burdens, to clarify the legal definition of charity, and to provide greater transparency for funders and the public...

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Kristian Schader, Calxa

With the impending roll-out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) looming large in Queensland, some Not-For-Profit service providers in the Townsville region are expressing a feeling of isolation and of being somewhat disconnected.

Responding to this need, Calxa...

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Stacy Field, Workforce Council

Strategic workforce planning is a process of taking a holistic and future focused look at your organisation, its service delivery and its workforce needs into the future. Whilst there is so much uncertainty in our environment, organisations can still explore what is and what could be, and make...

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Linda Hayes, Corporate Synergies Australia

There is a growing expectation for organisations to be able to quote the Unit Cost of every service, activity, output and outcome of each program, for each individual, to each government department.  This is already a requirement for child care and aged care, and will be introduced into the...

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