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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The Disaster Preparedness for Older People project aims to identify risks and agree on actions to ensure older people who may be vulnerable to disasters are best supported and protected from future impacts. The forum will provide: Identification of the key players for disaster preparedness for...
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Queensland businesses, organisations, educational institutions and government going above and beyond to create meaningful change in facilitating reconciliation are encouraged to nominate for the 2018 Queensland Reconciliation Awards. These awards provide an excellent opportunity to recognise and...
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Safer Internet Day (SID) is an annual, worldwide event held on 6 February 2018. Celebrated in 130 countries, SID is a great opportunity to engage the community in understanding how to make the online world safe for all users. In 2018, the SID theme ‘Create, connect and share respect: A better...
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Legal Aid Queensland invites you to join them for a webinar in Understanding legal issues in banking, credit and debt. The webinar for community, health and education workers will examine credit, debt and financial issues including: common credit and debt issues faced by consumers following...
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Blue Card Services has recently released new video and radio play resources to assist remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to better understand and dispel myths about the blue card system. We are all working together to keep kids safe and through these resources Blue Card...
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Be Connected is a free program for older Australians to help them increase their online confidence and skills, and realise the benefits of going online. Older Australians can access the program to learn the basics of how to use a digital device, send emails, use Facebook and other social media,...
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Queenslanders with Disability Network (QDN) invites you to join them for My Housing Matters - Imagine the home you want to live in. Explore the pros and cons of options currently available in the private and public housing sectors. The workshop includes: Practical, hands on workshop for people with...
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The National Disability Services (NDS) released their flagship report the State of Disability Sector Report 2017 in early December. Alongside the report they have developed a helpful factsheet with key statistics from the report. The report is based on responses from more than 500 disability...
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The 2018 Queensland Volunteering Awards are now open for nominations. These awards recognise and celebrate the outstanding achievements of volunteers, volunteer managers and volunteer-involving organisations, and promote the importance of volunteering. This year alone 980,000 individual...

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