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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Elections are exciting and offer opportunities for real positive change, but how do you position your organisation to take advantage of these opportunities and avoid the risks? This webinar will discuss campaign and communications case studies from Australia and the UK and help you identify the...
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NDS Invitation - Navigating Disability Housing in the NDIS Context: Using SDA & SIL to drive innovation NDS is hosting this forum to assist disability service providers to navigate the complexities of the NDIS disability housing environment. We will hear from a number of key stakeholders who...
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The NDIS has released a number of information videos in Australian Sign Language (Auslan). Videos include 'About the NDIS', 'My NDIS Pathway', and 'Key NDIS concepts'. To access the videos go to the NDIS YouTube channel.
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The Federation of Ethnic Communities' Councils of Australia's bi-annual conference Celebrate. Reflect. Advance: Challenges and Possibilities for Multicultural Australia is taking place in Darwin on the 8-10 October 2017. The 2017 FECCA conference will provide opportunities to share knowledge and...
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All Australians should be able to live with dignity in their community of choice. Australia’s fourteenth annual Anti-Poverty Week, runs from 15 October through to 21 October 2017. To align with the United Nations’ International Day to Eradicate Poverty, 17 October, you are invited to a public forum...
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Applications are invited for one-off funding of up to $5,000 (GST exclusive) to hold awareness raising events, projects or activities during Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month in May 2018. Applications are invited for events, project and activities that aim to: promote partnerships and...
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Building disaster resilience is everyone’s responsibility and we all have a role to play in helping our communities cope with and recover from natural disaster. ‘All of this can be a challenge because you can’t manage what you can’t measure’ The Department of Communities, Child Safety and...
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As part of the Queensland Youth Strategy, the Queensland Government has launched the Youth Engagement Hub, an online platform to give young people a voice and share information about Queensland Government policies, programs and broader issues that impact them. As projects and activities are...
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Nominations are open for the Queensland Young Achiever Awards which acknowledge, encourage and promote the positive achievements of all young people. Categories include: Community Volunteer Award Arts and Fashion Award Online Achievement Award Regional Achiever Award Aboriginal Achievement Award...
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Embracing technology, encouraging innovation and skilling workers for the jobs of the future are some of the priorities for action targeted in a newly released strategy for Queensland’s community services industry. Developed jointly by industry members and the Queensland Government, Partnering for...

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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
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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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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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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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