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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NDS Queensland is offering workshops on Costing and Pricing in a NDIS Environment in Bundaberg, Rockhampton and Hervey Bay. Costing and pricing skill and knowledge is a key area for providers to improve business practices to be prepared to operate in the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)...
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Discover how to develop a proposal that gives you the best chance of success in a competitive funding environment. Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) is partnering with the Department of Education and Training to deliver a webinar to help community based organisations respond effectively...
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The Health and Community Services Workforce Council (Workforce Council) has launched its new project – the Queensland Community Services Workforce Census. This project will collect and analyse previously hidden workforce data across all sub sectors to define job roles across the industry, and the...
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These South East Queensland (SEQ) forums will bring together a broad range of key stakeholders from across the disability sector skills ecosystem. The aim of the forums is to explore, share and hear insights and to work collaboratively to develop strategies for the greater SEQ NDIS regions (...
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ACOSS (Australian Council of Social Service) has launched a brand new version of Improve IT , a website full of free resources for people working in not-for-profit organisations who want to make the most of the technology that is available to make their work better and easier. Have a look at the...
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The NDIS workforce forum in Bundaberg and Wide Bay will bring a broad range of key stakeholders together to hear, explore and share insights and stratagies to ensure that the Bundaberg and the broader Wide Bay NDIS region has the right NDIS workforce. The forum details: Where: Sails Room, The Waves...
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Queensland Government media release The Queensland Government today released the Women’s Budget Statement in recognition of the important contribution of women to the state’s economic future. Minister for Women Shannon Fentiman released the Women’s Budget Statement at the ANROWS National Symposium...
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WorkAbility Qld is holding a Careers in Disability Expo in Toowoomba, on Friday 15 September. The event will be held at Clive Berghofer Pavilion, Toowoomba Showgrounds, between 10am and 2pm. Save the date for the event - more details to follow. Go to the WorkAbility Qld website .
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NDS Queensland is offering more one day Costing and Pricing seminars across the state - in Ipswich, Brisbane and the Gold Coast. Costing and pricing skill and knowledge is a key area for providers to improve business practices to be prepared to operate in the National Disability Insurance Scheme (...
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Queensland Government media release The Palaszczuk Government is committed to strengthening the child protection system, and last week established new minimum qualification standards for residential care workers. Child Safety Minister Shannon Fentiman said the new requirements within the...

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