What is the community 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. Non-government services are delivered by commercial and not-for-profit organisations.

Is the community service sector for you?

Workers in the social service sector are expected to display sensitivity, a concern for others, good communication skills, and a non-judgmental approach to issues faced by individuals and communities. Those who work with children in a regulated sector (as defined by the Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian Act 2000) are required to undergo a suitability check for working with children and be the holder of a current Blue Card. Refer to the Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian Act 2000 for information.

Workforce and training resources

In this section you can find a number of resources on what it's like to work in the social service sector, career opportunities, courses and training you can undertake, and details of free online professional development training. Use the left hand "Workforce and Training" menu to find the information you are looking for.

If you haven't already taken a look, browse the Community Door eTraining courses - they are all free, online and accessible to anyone. Topics include strengthening NGOs, governance, collaboration and cultural awareness.

Justice Connect runs regular webinars on all aspects of managing a community organisation. You can register for upcoming webinars or watch a recording of previous webinars.

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National Disability Services (NDS) in conjunction with The MindShift Foundation invites you to the first CEO Boardroom lunch for 2018. The guest speaker is Fran Connelley, a non-profit marketing specialist and the author of How to thrive under the NDIS . At the lunch Fran will talk about the...
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The disability sector has a diverse range of jobs to match across a range of life experience, skills and qualifications. The Careers in Disability website is the place to get connected to vacancies and opportunities within the sector. The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) creates...
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The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) has developed a toolkit to find charities within federal electorates. The purpose of the MP Charity Toolkit is two-fold: To help Federal MPs and their staff search for, and engage with, local charities To provide useful and succinct...
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The ABC have announced a Regional Storyteller Scholarship for regional Australians with a disability, who are interested in enhancing their storytelling skills and experience. Worth more than $20,000, the scholarship is a bespoke ABC experience that will be tailored to the recipient’s content...
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The Advance Queensland Community Digital Champions nominations will close on 19 November 2017. As part of Advance Queensland, the Advance Queensland Community Digital Champions program aims to encourage Queenslanders to explore and enjoy the benefits of the digital age – through the stories and...
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Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Frameworks are becoming increasingly important for developing an agreed approach to the assessment of results achieved and to aid organisational learning. The M&E Framework identifies expected results, key evaluation questions and the means to answer these...
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Older people within our communities bring strength of knowledge, skills and experience about disasters. As well as being a valuable community resource for disaster resilence, some older people may require support to ensure their safety and wellbeing at times of disasters. In recognition of the...
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Health care and social assistance is already the biggest industry in Central Queensland. Planning for further growth requires a deep understanding of local needs and strong and strategic connections between organisations and sectors. The Rockhampton Women's Breakfast will focus on the need for...
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Legal Aid Queensland has published a series of captioned recordings about their services on their YouTube channel . Videos for community, health and education workers can be found here and include their published community legal education webinars. The next webinar is Child Protection - the law and...
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The Queensland Government and the community services industry have co-developed the Partnering for the future: advancing Queensland's services industry 2017-25 strategy as a roadmap for proactively addressing changes and driving collaboration towards the industry's 2025 vision. To help your...

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