The social service sector in Queensland is currently subject to a number of government reform processes.

In this section you will find information on the individual reform processes, as well as current news and resources related to social service reform in general.

Department of Social Services reforms (Australia-wide)

The Department of Social Services has implemented grant arrangements to bring together 18 grants programmes from five former Departments into seven larger broadbanded programmes aligned to the priorities of Government. The programmes have been combined and streamlined to capitalise on common client needs and service delivery outcomes. These programmes aim to provide civil society with greater flexibility to address service needs of individuals, families and communities.

In addition to the existing four Ageing and Aged Care grant programmes, the new grant programmes are:

  • The Families and Communities Programme
  • Housing and Homelessness Programme
  • Disability, Mental Health and Carers Programme

The new grant arrangements include:

  • new grant programmes that better reflect the way community services are delivered
  • longer term grant agreements where appropriate, to offer certainty in service delivery
  • a move towards a single grant agreement for each provider to reduce administrative burden
  • a new and streamlined approach to programme performance reporting which is mutually beneficial
  • simplified financial acquittal reporting to cut down on administrative costs for providers
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Shaping technology priorities for community services industry – Your invitation (forum & survey) Like most industries, the community services industry is experiencing significant change. As identified in the Partnering for the future: Advancing Queensland's community services industry 2017-25...
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The Queensland Government is building a new child protection and family support system to meet the needs of children, young people and families, now and into the future. To do this, contemporary child protection laws are needed to support the child and family reforms and ensure children and young...
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The Queensland Government and the community services industry have co-developed the Partnering for the future: advancing Queensland's services industry 2017-25 strategy as a roadmap for proactively addressing changes and driving collaboration towards the industry's 2025 vision. To help your...
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Embracing technology, encouraging innovation and skilling workers for the jobs of the future are some of the priorities for action targeted in a newly released strategy for Queensland’s community services industry. Developed jointly by industry members and the Queensland Government, Partnering for...
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The Australia Council of Social Service (ACOSS) is campaigning against the government's Welfare Reform Bill as they believe it will increase pressure on people living in poverty. They are asking for signatures for their petition Stop the cuts. Stop the attack which calls on the government to...
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Victorian Council of Social Service (VCOSS) has released a major study on the human impact of power prices: POWER STRUGGLES: Everyday battles to stay connected. The report argues government must remember that real people are at the centre of our nation’s energy price crisis. The report is based on...
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Changes to the Domestic and Family Violence Protection Act from 30 May will mean greater protection for victims and their children. The changes strengthen police and justice responses, and allow for improved information sharing between government and non-government organisations. The Queensland...
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Queensland Government media release The Palaszczuk Government is committed to strengthening the child protection system, and last week established new minimum qualification standards for residential care workers. Child Safety Minister Shannon Fentiman said the new requirements within the...
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The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will become available in Ipswich, Lockyer Valley, Scenic Rim and Somerset local government areas from 1 July 2017. A two-day expo in Ipswich is open to participants, service providers and community members. Where : North Ipswich Reserve, The Terrace,...

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