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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Queensland Government media release Queenslanders with disability are set to benefit from a record $1.887 billion in the State Budget for disability services and the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) rollout. Disability Services Minister Coralee O’Rourke said the Budget again showed the...
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Queensland Government media release The Palaszczuk Government’s 2017-18 Budget will invest $1.37 billion to keep children safe and support vulnerable Queenslanders. Minister Shannon Fentiman said the Palaszczuk Government had restored services for families after the LNP cut more than $259 million...
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The Create Foundation has released Go Your Own Way (leaving care) Kit for young people, aged 15 and above, who are starting to plan for their transition to adulthood and independence. The kit is filled with resources and information to assist the planning process and provide caseworkers, young...
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The NDIS is fast approaching commencement in Ipswich, from 1st July 2017! The transition to the NDIS is both exciting and daunting. Carers Link invites you to attend our interactive workshop, held in conjunction with NDIS Partner Carers Qld, to help you understand and prepare for the rollout. The...
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Show your support of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) , on Thursday 15 June, the day is designated by the United Nations as a time where we join together to voice our opposition to the abuse, neglect and suffering inflicted on older people. Elder Abuse is a single or repeated act which...
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Changes to the Domestic and Family Violence Protection Act from 30 May will mean greater protection for victims and their children. The changes strengthen police and justice responses, and allow for improved information sharing between government and non-government organisations. The Queensland...
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Queensland Government media release The Palaszczuk Government is committed to strengthening the child protection system, and last week established new minimum qualification standards for residential care workers. Child Safety Minister Shannon Fentiman said the new requirements within the...
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Supported Independent Living (SIL) is assistance with and/or supervising tasks of daily life to develop the skills of individuals to live as autonomously as possible. On 1 June 2017, a new way of processing SIL quotes will be implemented by the NDIA. All providers will be required to use the new...
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The Queensland Government has set bold and ambitious targets to increase the number of women on boards, and wants to support and encourage others to do the same. New resources are now available to assist those working on boosting women's representation on government, business and community boards,...
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The Queensland Government is committed to establishing a three-year $6 million Empowering Families Innovation Fund to generate and support new programs and initiatives that reduce the disproportionate representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in the child protection system...

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The road ahead
Author: 
Valmae Rose, Queensland Council of Social Service

In the social service sector we are currently seeing a lot of interest and focus on outcomes. Given the desire to determine ‘value for money’ and other objectives of public investment in social services, there is renewed interest in the outcomes we are achieving, at a client and program level....

Effective communication
Author: 
Shelley Dunlop, QCOSS

The University of Western Sydney, in collaboration with the Western Sydney Community Forum, have developed a resource handbook titled “Developing a Common Language between...

Peter Kenyon
Author: 
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
Author: 
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...

Green lightbulb
Author: 
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...

Happy children lying in a circle
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...

The Queensland Plan logo
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...

Outcomes signpost
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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