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, in partnership with Glencore, are calling for applications for the Queensland Indigenous Youth Leadership Program held from 24 June to 30 June 2017 at Parliament House, Brisbane. If you know an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslander aged 18 to 25 who shows...
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On 21 September 2016 the Premier of Queensland requested the Queensland Family and Child Commission (QFCC) undertake a review of the blue card system, the approval and monitoring processes for foster carers (including kinship carers and provisionally approved carers) and pressure points in child...
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Queensland Government media release Hundreds of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander newborns will be tucked safely into bed with funding for more safe co-sleeping spaces. Mothers in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities will be provided with a Pēpi-Pod for their babies to sleep safely...
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Access to suitable, accessible housing is one of the greatest challenges for the aged and people with disability. Spinal Life Australia is seeking feedback on mandating accessible housing by 2020 and making communities more inclusive for people with disabilities. The feedback will shape the...
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Griffith University is leading on national research that aims to advance the quality of social work research and will consult service leaders, policy makers and end users in the project. Quality research is critical to inform policies, program design and implementation, and innovative ways of...
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Australian Government grants of up to $10,000 are now open to assist people with disability to participate in nationally-focussed disability Conferences in Australia, between 1 July 2017 and 30 June 2018. The Australian Government is inviting organisations to apply via an open process to deliver...
The NDIS is rolling out out across Toowoomba and west to the borders from January 1 2017. The NDIA will conduct local NDIS information sessions for people with disability, family, carers, providers and community members. This is a great opportunity to understand how to get ready for the NDIS and...
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ADA Australia will be holding their national conference Human Rights and Social Justice: Shifting Client Control on the Gold Coast, on 23-24 March. The aged care, disability and guardianship sectors are undergoing significant reform with the promise of increased client choice and control. This...
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Queensland Government media release The Palaszczuk Government has extended its offer of $20,000 for employers hiring staff aged between 15 and 24 years in regional Queensland for another eight months. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the $20,000 Youth Boost employer support payment was provided...
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Queensland Women’s Week recognises and celebrates the achievements of Queensland’s women and girls. Everyone has a role to play in creating a supportive and inclusive environment where women and girls can succeed. This year Queensland Women’s Week celebrations will be held from 6 to 12 March with...

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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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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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