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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Queensland Government media release Queenslanders are set to benefit from a $119.45 million cash injection for community legal services over the next five years. Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Yvette D’Ath said the joint State-Commonwealth funding would ensure the ongoing provision of...
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TheCareStudy is a research project being undertaken by the School of Psychology Sciences at the University of Western Australia. The study is looking at the immediate and longer term health effects of social isolation and social distancing, and developing strategies to mitigate these effects...
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National Volunteer Week, from 18 - 24 May, is an annual celebration of the generous contribution of our nation’s volunteers. The theme for this year's event is "Changing Communities, Changing Lives", and i n uncertain times it is more important than ever to recognise and acknowledge the tireless...
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Budgeting isn't always an easy task. The arrival of unexpected bills or emergency expenses can sometimes throw a curve ball at financial planning. In this month's blog, we've taken a look at some simple money management strategies to prevent panic setting in when the unexpected happens. Read on...
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The Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA) has announced the first ever virtual Refugee Week taking place on 14-20 June 2020. RCOA has joined forces with SBS Food Online for Refugee Week 2020 as part of their ‘ share a meal, share a story ’ initiative. You’ll be able to watch and cook along with...
Grants of up to $100,000 each are now available to help Queensland communities recover from the 2019 bushfires, thanks to an $1.8 million Round One recovery package being jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland Governments. Queensland-based community groups, local councils, non-government...
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For the next five months, eligible participants will be able to flexibly use existing NDIS plan funding to purchase low-cost assistive technology. This may include smart devices, which enable continued access to disability supports through telehealth and telepractice, while physical distancing...
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Queensland Government media release On Country programs for young offenders in North Queensland are moving ahead with tenders open for the delivery of the new programs in Mount Isa, Townsville and Cairns. The trial of culture-based On Country programs was announced in March as part of the...
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The Councils of Social Service (COSS) Network partnered with Professor David Gilchrist and Thomas Emery from University of Western Australia to present a webinar on JobKeeper Payment. The webinar examined the applicability and accounting for not-for-profits and charities accessing the scheme. With...
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COVID Connect is a free service from Australian Red Cross to provide support and community connection to people who are feeling socially isolated as a result of COVID-19. COVID-19 has impacted all Australians in one way or another, so it’s really important that no one faces it alone. If you are not...

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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: 
Simone Hockins, QCOSS

May marks Queensland’s Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month, raising community awareness and sending a clear message that violence will not be tolerated in any of our communities. 

Domestic and family violence is internationally recognised as a fundamental violation...

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Author: 
Samuel Mortimer, QCOSS

Budgeting isn't always an easy task. The arrival of unexpected bills or emergency expenses can sometimes throw a curve ball at financial planning. 

In this blog we've taken a look at some simple money management strategies to prevent panic setting in when the unexpected...

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Author: 
Samuel Mortimer, QCOSS

Workplaces across Australia are innovating in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic - with many transitioning to operating in a virtual environment as employees begin to work from home.

It can be a learning curve for some people working from home for the first time, but...

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Author: 
Simone Hockins

The beginning of a new year can be an expensive time for families in Queensland. Having to fork out extra money during the back-to-school period, and bills arriving not long after the festive season can lead to problem debt. If you or someone you know is having spiralling debt issues, it’s...

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Author: 
Samuel Mortimer

Are you looking to build on your existing skills or finesse your knowledge in aspects of the community services sector during the new year? Late last year we refreshed and updated our most popular courses on the Community Door...

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Author: 
Sam Mortimer, QCOSS

The festive season is a time for relaxation and rest for many. Quality family time is front of mind as another year draws to a close. But the rapid approach of a new year can bring additional pressures as a whirlwind of overdue tasks, bills, or other financial obligations come together before 25...

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Author: 
Dr Eleanor Glenn, Common Cause

Australia reMADE is an independent alliance of engaged people and community leaders from all walks of life, working to name, plan and act on the Australia of our dreams. We started as a group of civil society leaders...

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Author: 
Samuel Mortimer

In Australia more than three million people, or 13 per cent of the population, are living below the poverty line of $433 a week (ACOSS). Many of the people affected are living in deep poverty - an average of $135 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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