Author: 
Louise Mullins, Queensland Council of Social Service
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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.

Careers within the social service sector are for people who are passionate about working to improve the lives and circumstances of individuals, families, and groups.

Community sector careers

Looking for a career, or a change of job, in the community services sector in Queensland? There are several job search websites for the community services sector:

Professional development

Are you looking for professional development opportunities? There are a range of training resources and advice for community service workers to help improve their skill set.

Education

A range of qualifications in the community service sector are available. Universities and the VET sector generally recognise prior learning and experience (upon application) through the granting of exemptions, credit transfers or recognition of prior learning (RPL, also known as recognition of current competency).

Learning support is often available – enquire with the individual training providers. Have a look at the education section for course options for the sector.

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