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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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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Queensland Health will be updating progress on implementing the Government response to the Barrett Adolescent Centre Commission of Inquiry report by hosting several Youth Mental Health Forums, throughout May 2017. At the forums you can: Be updated on the implementation of the Government response to...
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On 21 September 2016 the Premier of Queensland requested the Queensland Family and Child Commission (QFCC) undertake a review of the blue card system, the approval and monitoring processes for foster carers (including kinship carers and provisionally approved carers) and pressure points in child...
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Access to suitable, accessible housing is one of the greatest challenges for the aged and people with disability. Spinal Life Australia is seeking feedback on mandating accessible housing by 2020 and making communities more inclusive for people with disabilities. The feedback will shape the...
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