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.

The Queensland Productivity Commission has been tasked with undertaking an inquiry into service delivery in remote and discrete Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and is inviting submissions from interested parties. Investments by governments, the private sector and not-for-profit...
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Queensland Government media release The Palaszczuk Government will ensure Queenslanders’ power bills are pegged to average inflation over the next two years and cut $50 a year from bills as part of a $2 billion Affordable Energy Plan to provide cost of living relief. The move will see all the...
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Queensland Government media release The Palaszczuk Government has passed new laws delivering certainty and security for Queensland seniors in retirement. Minister for Housing and Public Works Mick de Brenni said the new laws strengthen protections for Queensland seniors looking at retirement...
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Queensland Government media release Greater stability and forever homes for some of the state’s most vulnerable children and young people are a step closer to reality, with new legislation passed in Parliament today. Child Safety Minister Shannon Fentiman said the Child Protection Reform Amendment...
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The Healing Foundation is offering grants to assist communities to mark 10 years since the Stolen Generations apology. On 13 February 2018 it will be a decade since the national apology to the Stolen Generations and Indigenous people of Australia. The Healing Foundation will be commemorating the...
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The Australian Government has asked the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) to investigate home, contents and strata insurance in northern Australia. The inquiry will help to address concerns about insurance affordability, promote more informed and more competitive insurance...
2018 Australasian Society of Intellectual Disability Conference will be held 14 - 16 November 2018 at the Gold Coast Convention Centre . The conference, ‘ Let’s Shake It Up: Human Rights for Everyone’ was developed by a group of Queensland self-advocates with an intellectual disability. The group...
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The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) has announced that applications are now invited for NDIS Partners in the Community in identified areas of Queensland. In Queensland the NDIA is seeking Partners to deliver Early Childhood Early Intervention services and/or Local Area Coordination...
The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) has released details of a new NDIS pathway designed to significantly improve the experience people and organisations have with the NDIS. The 'pathway' refers to the experience participants and providers have from their first interaction to their...
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