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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Queensland Courts has published a series of short, educational videos on the court process for domestic and family violence. This series explains how the court makes and deals with domestic violence orders. The videos are also available in Auslan, Arabic, Mandarin, Persian/Farsi, Spanish, Thai and...
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Families Australia, supported by the Australian Government Department of Social Services, will hold the fifth annual Child Aware Approaches Conference (CAA 2017) at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, on 15 and 16 May 2017. The two day national conference, Child Aware Approaches: Driving...
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The nib foundation's Community Grant program supports practical, community -based initiatives that focus on improving the health and wellbeing of vulnerable and disadvantaged Australians, with a focus on youth and carers. A Community Grant round is held once each year and applications are invited...
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Join ECCQ for breakfast at Parliament House to hear Honourable Minister Grace Grace MP discuss the government's committment to multiculturalism. The Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations, Minister for Racing and Minister for Multicultural Affairs wants to find out what the Queensland...
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National Disability Services is pleased to invite you to join us to discuss Talent Acquisition and Retention in the Disability Sector a two hour workshop. As the Ipswich region transitions into the NDIS our capacity to manage workforce challenges will become more critical. The workshop has been...
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The HESTA Community Sector Awards recognise outstanding service provision, advocacy and leadership in improving the lives of people who rely on access to the services of this sector. Nominations are open to nominate a special individual or team who has made a real difference to the lives of...
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The Senate Inquiry into the Centrelink debt recovery program will be holding public hearings in Queensland, this month. The committee has scheduled the following hearings - Brisbane in the morning on Thursday 18 May 2017; and Caboolture in the afternoon on Thursday 18 May 2017. Locations and times...
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An age-friendly community grants program is open to organisation's for local projects and initiatives to enhance the age-friendliness of communities across Queensland. The Advancing Queensland: an age-friendly community grants program is open to organisations who can display a strong correlation...
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More Queenslanders are needed to help vulnerable children stay safe so they can reach their full potential, by signing up to become a foster carer. Child Safety Minister Shannon Fentiman encouraged all Queenslanders to think about opening their hearts and homes to children in need across the state...
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The Institute of Child Protection Studies has recently launched a new national survey, MESSI: Managing Ethical Studies on Sensitive Issues. This survey explores what children, young people and adults think about when deciding to take part in social research, or provide consent for children to take...

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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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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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If a government is required to consider human rights while making decisions, a transparent dialogue with the people is created – the people can see their government cares about their rights.

When MP Peter Wellington supported the Labor Party to form government in February, they agreed to...

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Charles Clowes, Australian Organisation For Quality

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Dr Ruth Knight, Zark Consultancy

Like many other community organisations, you are probably being increasingly asked to demonstrate the outcomes of your programs and services. Outcomes measurement allows you to identify which of your programs and services are successful, and helps you to test assumptions and communicate...

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Darren Smith, Breaking New Ground

A new chapter in the story of the not-for-profit sector is being drafted. How do small to medium organisations ensure they're written into the script?

The not-for-profit sector has already experienced significant change and uncertainty over the last few years:

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Stacey Ross, Manager of Logan Women’s Health & Wellbeing Centre Inc.

The Queensland State Budget was released last week and has met with a generally positive response from the community service sector.

Stacey Ross from the Logan Women's Health & Wellbeing Centre gives her perspective on how the budget measures will affect their clients.

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Jillian Warren, Centre Manager of Picabeen Community Association Inc.

The Queensland State Budget was released last week and has met with a generally positive response from the community service sector.

Jillian Warren from Picabeen Community Association gives her perspective on how the budget measures will affect their clients....

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