The Queensland social service sector incorporates a range of service delivery, community development, social justice, and advocacy organisations operating across a range of areas, including but not limited to: health, housing, employment, disability, aged care, services for children and young people, Indigenous affairs and multicultural affairs. Inclusion in the sector is less about the specific service being provided and more about commitment to a shared vision and a set of values. Organisations which are not-for-profit, community based and have a shared vision and central values are considered to be part of the social service sector.

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.

This section contains details on the social service sector in Queensland, including reform processes, networks, research and reports.

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Responsible Gambling Awareness Week (RGAW) is an annual event that encourages gamblers to stay within their limits and highlights the support available to people who feel gambling may have become a problem for them. This year, RGAW will be held in Queensland from 29 July to 4 August 2019. If you or...
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Queensland Government media release Communities right across Queensland will share a $9.5 million disaster mitigation fund for 62 regional projects designed to greatly improve various infrastructures’ ability to withstand extreme weather events. All the selected, high-priority works are being...
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The strategic plan which will set the path for the Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors (DCDSS) for the next four years has been published. DCDSS's new strategy aligns with their vision for Thriving Queensland communities, where people of all ages, background and abilities can...
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The Feed Appeal grants will provide community food relief charities throughout Australia the opportunity to grow their current programs, commence new projects, expand their reach and provide access to food and meals for the people that are hungry in their community. The grants program is state-...
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Transurban have two grant rounds per year and offer grants of up to $5,000 for projects bringing social and environmental benefits to communities in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane near Transurban's roads. Grants are open to a wide range of organisations and initiatives encouraging inclusion,...
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Grants of up to $150,000 each are now available to help FNQ & NQ communities recover from the 2019 Monsoon Trough, thanks to a $4.5 million Round One recovery package being jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland Governments. Queensland-based community groups, local councils, non-...
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Do you come into contact with children and young people affected by domestic violence? Enhance your skills in adopting a child-centred approach with Keeping Kids Central, a free online training program developed by the Institute of Child Protection Studies. The program is recommended for people who...
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Queensland Government media release Grants that support First Nations peoples in their work to protect Country are now open, and Minister for Environment Leeanne Enoch is encouraging groups to apply for a share in $500,000 worth of funding. Coinciding with NAIDOC Week, the next round of Looking...
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While implementing the HSQF can appear daunting at first, w e spoke with representatives from Gailes Community House, and Mununjali in Beaudesert, to hear their first-hand experiences. They talk about completing various aspects of the HSQF certification and assessment processes and share some of...
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Expression of interest applications are now open for the Myer Innovation Fellowships 2020. The program seeks exceptional leaders across all sectors (private, public and non-profit) and from all types of professional backgrounds, with a breakthrough idea and the capacity to bring it to fruition. A...

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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 Financial Counsellors' Association of Queensland is the peak professional body representing the membership of 74 Financial Counsellors throughout inner city, suburban and regional Queensland. The FCAQ is also a not for profit organisation whose members provide a fee and accessible financial...
QCOSS has held a number of webinars on various topics related to the Cost of Living. You can watch a recording of the webinars or download a copy of the presentations. Energy literacy webinar This webinar covers everything you need to know about energy bills including how to read a bill, what the...
Legal Aid have a series of captioned recordings about Legal Aid Queensland services on their YouTube channel . Videos for community, health and education workers can be found here and include their published community legal education webinars. Upcoming webinars can be found on the Information for...
The Legal Health Check is a collaboration between the Queensland Public Interest Law Clearing House (QPILCH) and the National Association of Community Legal Centres Inc. The Legal Health Check provides a number of resources and tools to help organisations identify their clients' legal needs and...
In the first reading of the 2015 Queensland Budget Speech on 14 July 2015, Treasurer Pitt announced that the Queensland Government will pilot 3 social benefit bonds aimed at sourcing funds from the private sector to finance the achievement of quantifiable social outcomes in the community. The pilot...
An inaugural benchmarking survey draws together insights from over 100 survey respondents on topics such as governance, strategy, fundraising, risk management and the use of volunteer and professional resources. The survey results highlight that many not-for-profit organisations rely heavily on...
The presentations below are from the QCOSS State Conference on 17 October 2014.
The Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) has produced the Planned Support Guide: an approach to case management for people working in a wide range of community services. If you are a front line worker, supervisor or manager this guide is for you. The guide assists in the development of a...
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Author: 
Samuel Mortimer, QCOSS

Being young should allow you a certain freedom to freely explore and embrace a newfound independence as you look toward that future. Unfortunately, as rosy this outlook may be, Queensland has a number of issues affecting youth.

According to a Queensland Government youth...

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Author: 
Sam Mortimer, Queensland Council of Social Service

Are you looking to build on your existing skills or finesse your knowledge in aspects of the community services sector during the new year?

Community Door's eTraining suite offers a number of free courses you can complete at your own...

Author: 
Sam Mortimer, Queensland Council of Social Service

Are you looking for suggestions for easy and inexpensive ways to enjoy the New Year break? We’ve compiled a list of our favourite free things to do around the state, great causes to support, books to read and where to find a helping hand if you need it.

Free things to do...

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Author: 
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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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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Author: 
Louise Mullins, Queensland Council of Social Service

Because of Her, We Can! – is the theme for NAIDOC Week 2018, which will be held nationally between 8 and 15 July.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have played, and continue to play, active and significant roles at community, local, state and national levels.

Sadly,...

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Author: 
Sharon Daley, Queensland Council of Social Service

Did you know that every minute 20 people leave everything they have behind in order to escape war, persecution or terror?

The United Nations has marked 20 June as World Refugee Day and it is on this day that, 'we commemorate the strength, courage and perseverance of millions of refugees...

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Reconciliation Australia

Reconciliation must live in the hearts, minds and actions of all Australians as we move forward, creating a nation strengthened by respectful relationships between the wider Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Make reconciliation part of your story and your...

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