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 Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services (DCCSDS) is partnering with Act for Kids and the Domestic Violence Prevention Centre Gold Coast to improve how they respond to child safety notifications. Assessment and Service Connect (ASC) began operating on the Gold Coast in...
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Queensland Family and Child Commission (QFCC) has released an information sharing myth busting guide for child and family support professionals, highlighting key aspects of information sharing that are often overlooked or misunderstood. The fundamental goal of the guide is to know when to share...
The Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services' (DCCDS) Community Recovery section is encouraging individuals, carers and service providers in the DCCSDS North and Far North Queensland area to be prepared in relation to Tropical Cyclone Debbie. The likely impacts of a tropical...
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National Youth Week, held from 31 March to 9 April 2017, is an important opportunity to celebrate the achievements, vitality and strength of young people aged 12 to 25 and to acknowledge their positive contribution to our communities. The Queensland Government fund the Queensland Police-Citizens...
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Not-for-profit organisation Micah Projects plans to open a Hope St Café, in South Brisbane, to provide training and employment opportunities for people who are keen to develop self-confidence, skills, qualifications and employment. They currently run Hope St Café in West End, in partnership with...
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The Queensland Family and Child Commission is working with government and non-government workforce innovators to co-design a Career and Capability Framework for child and family support services. The framework is a sector-wide approach to workforce planning and development that will: identify key...
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Queensland Government media release Women and girls will be encouraged to get more active through round three of the Queensland Government’s Get Out, Get Active program. Sport Minister Mick de Brenni and Commonwealth Games Minister Kate Jones today invited submissions for the program, with a total...
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NAPCAN is running a two-day course for professionals who want to a run respectful relationships programs for high school age young people. Love Bites is a Respectful Relationships Education Program for 15 – 17 year olds. It consists of two interactive workshops - one on Relationship Violence and...
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Queensland Government media release Applications are now open for the second round of the Palaszczuk Government’s $2.5 million Dignity First Fund. Minister for Housing and Public Works Mick de Brenni said the fund was seeking proposals for innovative projects that will meet immediate needs of...
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If your not-for-profit organisation is in need of financial guidance and has an annual turnover of under $250,000, you can sign up to the Mentor the Treasurer program . In partnership with Pro Bono Australia, CPA Australia assists not for profits by connecting them with qualified CPA Australia...

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Shelley Dunlop, QCOSS

Last week on 17 October 2014 the QCOSS State Conference - Building strength was held at the Convention and Exhibition Centre in Brisbane.

The program aimed to build on the strengths already existing within Queensland’s strong and resilient community service sector, as well...

Books
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Candice Bool, Open Minds

Open Minds recently participated in a research project called The Blue Portraits Project.  This project  proved to be a fantastic opportunity for the organisation to not only  increase its understanding of...

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Carly Allen, Manager Essential Services, Queensland Council of Social Services

Electricity prices have increased by 86 per cent over the last five years and this is having an impact on households across the state. Community organisations have reported growing numbers of clients presenting with financial stress as a direct result of an electricity bill they couldn’t...

The balance between people and money
Author: 
Alyce Maschio, Foresters Community Finance

For social enterprises and non-profit organisations, access to capital means they can build financial independence, own assets, leverage greater community benefits, and develop capacity to build a sustainable long-term future.

As the funding landscape changes and major sector...

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Lucas Moore, Queensland Coordinator, CREATE Foundation

This month marks Child Protection Week (7-13 September) around Australia with the theme Protecting Children is Everybody’s Business.  For the broader community, the initiative focuses on raising awareness about child protection issues including child abuse prevention...

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Tiffany Tento, Queensland Council of Social Service

The Queensland Government’s ambitious and visionary Queensland Plan has set out a positive framework for the next 30 years, but its success will depend on whether it can inspire real action.

The Queensland Plan is not...

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Author: 
Jane Grant, Queensland Council of Social Service

This week I had the opportunity to undertake training on Social Return on Investment (SROI). Part of the SROI Network’s vision...

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Megan Smith, Homelessness Planning and Coordination Officer, QCOSS

The 2014 ACOSS conference was recently held in Brisbane on 11-12 June 2014, with a theme of Global problems, local solutions: tackling inequality in Australia and beyond. The conference...

Community of practice
Author: 
Anne Curson, Queensland Council of Social Service

It’s uncomfortable, complex, frustrating and is the origin of many of our struggles. Change - it is something that we all experience daily but don’t necessarily embrace. In the community services sector, change is something that we are accustomed to in our work places. It is a process that can...

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Author: 
Tiffany Tento, Queensland Council of Social Service

Pro Bono Australia founder, Karen Mahlab has delivered her top 10 trends for the social sector in 2014.

Karen's predictions include:

  • The future of reform
  • ...

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