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.

Brisbane City Council’s grants programs provide funding to help local not-for-profit organisations to develop and improve facilities and services in Brisbane. Building Stronger Communities Grant Program The Building Stronger Communities Grant Program funds community-based not-for-profit...
The lack of gender diversity on boards in Queensland is being challenged under a State Government initiative launched at Parliament House in Brisbane today. Minister for Women Shannon Fentiman today announced the Towards Gender Parity: Women on Boards Initiative to increase the number of women on...
2Spirits (QuAC) and Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) have partnered up to inquire into the challenges faced by people who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Sistergirl, Brotherboy, Transgender, Queer and Intersex who experience domestic and family violence. This is an anonymous survey...
Google believes technology can make a better world, faster. The Google Impact Challenge supports non-profit innovators using technology to tackle the world's biggest social challenges. Google will award $4.5 million across 10 Australian organisations to help bring their ideas to life. Four winning...
More than 80 per cent of Australians believe our society is becoming a lonelier place, according to a new survey recently released by Lifeline Australia. CEO Pete Shmigel said findings from the national charity’s recent Loneliness Survey highlight the lifesaving importance of caring real-world...
The Federal Department of Social Services recently commissioned a research report to better understand volunteering and giving within culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) and Indigenous communities. The research provides some insights and case stories, highlighting the valuable contribution...
The Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social and Emotional Wellbeing Action Plan 2016-18 ‘Proud and Strong’ has been released by the Queensland Mental Health Commission. The Action Plan aims to improve social and emotional wellbeing, and outlines 62 actions to be taken by government...
Not-for-profit organisations may need to register for fringe benefits tax (FBT) if they provide benefits to employees during an FBT year (1 April to 31 March). Depending on the type of organisation, it may be entitled to a rebate or an exemption for FBT. The Australian Taxation Office has produced...
The Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Service's Social Service Performance and Reform Program is progressing priorities related to the following elements of the Department's Strategic Plan 2015 - 2019: Social Services and Reforms; and Community inclusion, participation and...
One in ten Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young men rate their happiness as zero, compared to just one per cent of non-Indigenous young people. In their annual youth survey, Mission Australia found that one-quarter of Indigenous young people also reported high levels of concern about...

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Author: 
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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Author: 
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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Author: 
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...

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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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Author: 
Megan Smith, Homelessness Planning and Coordination Officer for Central Queensland, Queensland Council of Social Service

In light of recent severe weather events, discussions on the impact on people experiencing poverty and disadvantage and the wider sector that supports them is emerging. As a non-scientist Social Worker I will leave the debate surrounding climate change and have written this Blog on the...

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Author: 
Anne Curson, Queensland Council of Social Service

This blog is managed by the Queensland Council of Social Service as a part of the Community Door project, which is funded by the Queensland Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services.

At this blog we...

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