The Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) considers that the following key principles inform the delivery of social services in Queensland:

  • Inclusive social and economic policy
  • Human rights instruments as key reference points for policy and practice
  • Practice informed by evidence and lived experience
  • Focus on prevention and early intervention
  • Focus on person-centred policy and practice
  • People who use services actively informing the policy decisions that impact on their lives
  • Communities actively informing local responses to need
  • Timely access to data for planning and measuring impact
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Anti-Poverty Week in 2018 (14-20 October) focuses on poverty around the world especially in the poorest countries but also in wealthier countries such as Australia. Its main aims are to: strengthen public understanding of the causes and consequences of poverty and hardship around the world and...
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There have been recent changes to the minimum entitlement for domestic and family violence leave under all modern awards. As a result of the four-yearly review of modern awards, all employees under industry and occupation awards are now entitled to a minimum of five days’ unpaid domestic and family...
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Want to drive large-scale social change in your region through better collaboration? How do you organise, manage and sustain collaboration? How is collaboration different from other ways of working together? What skills and qualities do I need to help bring about effective collaboration in my...
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The ChangeFest conference 2018 is a collaboration between Logan Together, Opportunity Child, Collaboration for Impact and Griffith University. The conference organisers are on the look out for speakers for the event happening on 19-23 November 2018, at the Logan Entertainment Centre. They are...
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Not-for-profit Law runs regular training on a range of common legal issues faced by community organisations and individuals within them. The training is aimed at small to medium not-for-profit organisations. It is presented by Not-for-profit Law lawyers and guest presenters. Have a look at their...
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Queensland Government media release The Palaszczuk Government is delivering on its commitment to Queensland’s Neighbourhood Centres through continued investment in these important pieces of local infrastructure. Minister for Communities Coralee O’Rourke today told the Queensland Parliament in...
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Community, health and education workers are invited to attend a free webinar about meeting the access requirements for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in Queensland. This webinar is for community, health and education workers with a basic understanding of the NDIS. The webinar will...
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Join the National Disability Service (NDS) and Workability Qld for a breakfast event with author Neil Eastwood. Neil Eastwood has written the book 'Saving Social Care: How to find the more of the best frontline employees and keep the ones you have'. Across Australia, developing a workforce that...
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Q Shelter has developed a model Domestic and Family Violence Leave Policy for housing and homelessness organisations. There are two version of the policy offered for consideration. Workplace Domestic and Family Violence Leave Model Policy – full version Workplace Domestic and Family Violence Leave...
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The Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) has announced the next stage of the QCOSS Movement for change – a series of Changing Lives, Changing Communities events in 13 locations across Queensland. These events will build on the knowledge gained and actions developed on the second day of the...

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Are you looking for support in Queensland, or trying to find a service that meets your needs? Now you can search oneplace , the service directory hosted by the Queensland Family and Child Commission. oneplace is an easily accessible directory of community services to help Queensland families to get...
The Community Resource Handbooks were launched by Volunteering Queensland on 12 May 2015. They consolidate the knowledge gained through Volunteering Queensland's community leadership work with more than 2,000 community groups over the past fifteen years. The handbooks are aimed at small to medium...
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Louise Mullins, Queensland Council of Social Service

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...

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Louise Mullins, Queensland Council of Social Service

Did you know as many as one in five Queenslanders has a disability? Every day, some face barriers to participating in their own community.

Everyone has a role to play in creating a more inclusive Queensland, whether as an individual, through business or as a member of a community group....

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Michael McAfee, PolicyLink President

Michael McAfee, President of PolicyLink, in the United States of America, gave an inspiring speech to delegates of the Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) conference in 2016. He held the...

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Sharon Daley, Queensland Council of Social Service

Social justice is a very broad term that has local, state, national and international consequences.

According the United Nations social justice is …

an underlying principle for peaceful and prosperous coexistence within and among nations. We uphold the principles of social...

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Author: 
Louise Mullins, Queensland Council of Social Service

Many organisations have very limited resources so it is sometimes necessary to seek additional funding to ensure ongoing service delivery.

Writing a submission for funding can sometimes be overwhelming, time-consuming and at times unrewarding, if unsuccessful, for an...

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Natalie Siegel-Brown, Public Guardian

As the Queensland Public Guardian I am pleased to announce the inaugural opening of the Queensland Public Guardian’s Excellence Awards.

As Public Guardian, I want to acknowledge the exemplary work being undertaken by staff in the community services sector across the...

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Author: 
Sharon Daley, QCOSS

International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) is held on 3 December each year.

It is a United Nations (UN) sanctioned day, celebrated internationally and aiming to increase public awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with disability, as well as to celebrate the...

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Being a foster carer means opening the door to children who you are related to biologically; children and young people who can’t live in their own home because they have experienced emotional, physical or sexual abuse or neglect, are at risk of experiencing one of those forms of harm or...

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Author: 
Louise Mullins, Queensland Council of Social Service

Would it surprise you to know that poverty and severe hardship affects more than a million Australians? And around the world more than a billion are desperately poor?

Anti-Poverty Week 2017 encourages all Australians to highlight issues of poverty and hardship here, at home, and overseas...

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Sammy Bruderer, NAPCAN Queensland Manager

As the peak national body for the prevention of child abuse and neglect, promoting Child Safe Organisations is a key part of our work at NAPCAN. 

We are thrilled to be able to run a series of FREE Child Safe Organisation workshops throughout Queensland, thanks to the State Government’s...

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