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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Your invited to join the Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) for their 2018 State Conference on 16 and 17 May to be part of a movement for change . They will focus on the stories we tell as organisations and as a community, and explore how we change the narrative and inspire more positive...
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Volunteering Queensland offers accredited training for volunteer managers with a Certificate IV in Coordination of volunteer programs. The qualification is appropriate for workers who are responsible for the coordination of volunteers within a program or organisation. Volunteer coordinators provide...
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Legal Aid Queensland invites you to join them for a webinar in Understanding legal issues in banking, credit and debt. The webinar for community, health and education workers will examine credit, debt and financial issues including: common credit and debt issues faced by consumers following...
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The National Disability Services (NDS) released their flagship report the State of Disability Sector Report 2017 in early December. Alongside the report they have developed a helpful factsheet with key statistics from the report. The report is based on responses from more than 500 disability...
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A new campaign has been launched to get more Australians volunteering in the disability sector to help meet the surging demand for disability workers under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). Volunteer For Disability is a new campaign created by leading disability services organisation...
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From January 2018, the NDIS is rolling out to more areas in Queensland. All eligible people living in Rockhampton, Gladstone and west to the borders region will begin to enter the NDIS from 1 January. The NDIS will become available in Brisbane City north and south of the Brisbane River, the Gold...
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Registrations are open for the 2018 Community Legal Centres Queensland Annual Conference. The Conference is being held on 8-9 March 2018 at the Oakwood Hotel and Apartments, Brisbane. Keep an eye out for the full program for the event which will be released shortly. For further information go here...
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The Australian Charities Report 2016, launched last week, has found that charities recorded total revenue over $142.8 billion, with the sector spending more that $137.1 billion pursuing their charitable purpose. It analyses the annual reporting data from more than 52,000 registered charities,...
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In 2018, the NDIS will be hosting provider forums across the country, including dates in Brisbane and Townsville. The forums are an opportunity for providers to hear the latest from the NDIA and key stakeholders in the sector. Forums will provide an update on the independent pricing review, the...
The NDS Queensland state committee invites service providers of the Sunshine Coast, Cairns and Fraser Coast regions to discuss questions around the NDIS rollout. Committee members hold a range of experience covering various rollout regions and service size, and offer an afternoon of sharing...

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