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:
- Queensland Council of Social Service jobs board
- Australian Council of Social Service jobs board
- Department of Communities Careers
- Queensland Government jobs
- Ethical Jobs
- Care Careers
- Aged Care Online
- Australian Community Workers Association job central
- Peakcare Queensland jobs board
- Youth Affairs Network of Queensland jobs board
- Australian Jobsearch
- Career One
- My Career
- Pro Bono Australia
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.
- Community Door eTraining website – a variety of free online training for community sector workers.
- The Strengthening non-government organisations courses were produced to build capacity of government funded organisations and provide practical support for their work.
- The governance eTraining course is designed to introduce new or prospective committee/ board members to governance and to the duties that are imposed by law and custom.
- The course ‘An introduction to the social service sector for managers and organisations’ provides information on what it is like to work in the sector, where to find information and how to run an organisation successfully. If you are a frontline worker then you might be interested in the course ‘An introduction to the social service sector for frontline workers’ which provides information to those who are new to the sector, or those who are studying to enter the sector.
- My Future provides advice and information about career planning and education.
- Skilling Solutions Queensland is a State Government initiative to help you get the qualifications you need to succeed in today’s competitive job market. It’s all about helping you open the doors to new employment opportunities.
- International Association for Public Participation promotes and improves the practice of public participation or community engagement. They list upcoming training opportunities, events and awards.
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.