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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Older Queenslanders will have greater opportunities to connect with their family and the community through technology, with the launch of a new state-wide program aiming to help seniors navigate the digital world. Seniors Minister Coralee O’Rourke and Science and Innovation Minister Leeanne Enoch...
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PHN Country to Coast is establishing Community and Clinical Advisory Councils, to provide the PHN Board with locally relevant perspectives on health issues. Community Advisory Councils PHN Country to Coast will establish three Community Advisory Councils which are aligned with the Hospital and...
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Since the QCOSS Community Door website was established in 2008, over one million people have visited the site to find information, news and resources on the community sector. Thank you to everyone who entered the one million doors competition. We received some great feedback and were pleased to...
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Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced the Queensland Government will implement all 140 recommendations in Dame Quentin Bryce’s landmark Not Now, Not Ever report into domestic and family violence. Key actions include increasing criminal penalties for domestic and family violence, to reflect...
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In the first reading of the 2015 Queensland Budget Speech on 14 July 2015, Treasurer Pitt announced that the Queensland Government will pilot three social benefit bonds aimed at sourcing funds from the private sector to finance the achievement of quantifiable social outcomes in the community. The...
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Digital business kits are designed to address industry-specific gaps in digital knowledge and support small to medium enterprises (SMEs) and Not For Profit organisations (NFPs) to use innovative digital and broadband-enabled platforms to engage with clients, market products and services, and...
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On 17 July the Honourable Curtis Pitt MP, Treasurer, Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships, spoke about the state budget and how it will impact on the community service sector at the QCOSS State Budget Breakfast. You can...
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The Queensland Council of Social Service released this media release in response to Tuesdays Queensland State budget: Todays State Budget revealed positive signs the Queensland Government was listening to the community services sector, however it remains important the sector is engaged and...
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Registrations for the 2015 QCOSS State Conference are now open and the full program is also available. This year the QCOSS conference will be presented in two exciting formats – day one will be a conference day of plenary sessions and concurrent content, while day two will be presented in a series...
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With organisations due to commence reporting on outcome measures in their service agreements from 1 July this year, the Outcomes Working Group was established to draft and test a suite of program level outcomes and measures for community organisations. Organisations have worked towards a shared...

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