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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