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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On 28 August 2015, Disability Services Minister Coralee O’Rourke announced the Queensland Government’s support for the ‘Queensland NDIS non-government sector workforce strategy’ at a National Disability Services (NDS) National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) briefing in Brisbane. The Queensland...
2015 QCOSS State Conference - Individuals building thriving communities 13 and 14 October 2015 Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre Visit the conference website to learn more about the conference. Register here to be part of this exciting two-day event DAY ONE – TUESDAY 13 OCTOBER This year...
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During May to July 2015, QCOSS delivered a series of workshops that introduced participants to the Business Development Package, including the online Organisational Development Toolkit, developed as part of the Sector Readiness and Workforce Capacity Initiative. These free workshop were designed to...
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Since the QCOSS Community Door website was established in 2008, over one million people have visited the site to find information, news and resources on the community sector. Thank you to everyone who entered the one million doors competition. We received some great feedback and were pleased to...
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Ansvar’s Community Education Program (CEP) provides grants up to $50,000 for programs supporting Australian youth which fall under two categories: Empowerment and Education: Programs within this category must provide opportunities to develop positive values that lead to healthy lifestyle choices...
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Carers Link is a quality provider of personalised care for people with disability, frail older people, and carers. They are inviting people to join their focus group, to provide your input on the issues that affect your accessibility to the community, and what information might address these issues...
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This webinar draws on the new resource Continuity of Learning: A resource to support effective transition to school and school age care . The publication, by Professors Sue Dockett and Bob Perry, provides an overview of the research base underpinning the importance of effective transitions and...
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Registrations for the 2015 QCOSS State Conference are now open and the full program is also available. This year the QCOSS conference will be presented in two exciting formats – day one will be a conference day of plenary sessions and concurrent content, while day two will be presented in a series...
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There are a number of scholarships currently available to board members, managers and frontline workers in the community services sector. NFP Fullbright scholarship Westpac bicentennial social change fellowships Myer innovation fellowships Stanford Australia Foundation scholarship Stanford...
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Do you assist clients struggling with energy bills and want to learn more about how you can help them and what assistance is available? Do you want to be involved in a conversation about energy issues in your region? If you are a frontline worker for a community organisation who assists clients...

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