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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The Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience has developed two national publications on disaster resilience. Public Information and Warnings Handbook This authoritative national guide for those who provide warnings before, during and after emergencies. The handbook outlines evidence-based,...
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The Queensland Government has tabled the Human Rights Bill and it has been referred to the Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee for community consultation. The committee will be considering submissions from all over Queensland. To find out more information about how you can make a...
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Queensland's Domestic and Family Violence Protection Act was most recently amended in January this year. Magistrates Court practice in this area continues to evolve with the roll-out of specialist courts across the state. Staying up-to-date in this area is essential to provide clients with...
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Conversations are happening across the state to develop an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Housing Action Plan. The Department of Housing and Public Works need your views and ideas to help shape this plan and provide better housing outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples...
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Queensland Government media release The Palaszczuk Government is ensuring vulnerable Queenslanders not eligible for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) are still able to live independently and remain connected and involved in their communities, with funding now available for...
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Queensland Government media release The Palaszczuk Government is set to boost it's investment in reducing social isolation, providing one-off funding of $100,000 for an initiative in a south-east Queensland community centre. Acting Minister for Communities Shannon Fentiman last week (7 November)...
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Community Services Industry Alliance (CSIA) has partnered with the Office for Women, Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services to research the current state of gender parity of boards in the community services industry. CSIA is hosting three breakfast events at Mount Isa,...
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Fiftysix Creations and the Australian Government are putting on a free workshop to support older Queenslander's to get connected and participate in the online world, with the objective of increasing digital inclusion amongst the ageing and helping to reduce social isolation. The workshop aims to...
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Peak body PeakCare is holding the event The Speak Out: Improving Outcomes through Advocacy Symposium which will feature a thought-provoking program. The event will include speeches and key note addresses by: Bob Atkinson AO APM , former Queensland Police Commissioner, former Commissioner on the...
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Queensland Government media release Young Queenslanders transitioning from care to adulthood will have access to support until they reach 25 years under changes made to state legislation. Child Safety Minister Di Farmer said that help was previously only available until the age of 21 for the more...

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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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Simone Hockins, Queensland Council of Social Service

Last year Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) and Queensland Families and Communities Association (QFCA) consulted with neighbourhood and community centres across Queensland.

The report, which was the largest community consultation of its kind in Queensland, found three key...

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Author: 
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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Author: 
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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Author: 
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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