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 The Palaszczuk Government will invest a further $12 million in to new and expanded initiatives across Queensland to fight the scourge of sexual violence. Minister for Child Safety, Youth and Women and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence Di...
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The ACOSS National Conference 2018, Rise to the Challenge, will take place in Sydney on 29 and 30 October. Key conference sessions will include: Welfare conditionality - sanctions, support and behaviour change Automating inequality - how high-tech tools profile, police and punish the poor Energy -...
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Queensland Government media release The Palaszczuk Government has given the go ahead to commence construction for a specialised youth housing service in Southport, with contracts awarded to a local builder and a local support provider. Based on the internationally recognised Youth Foyer model, the...
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Homelessness Week is an annual week, coordinated by Homelessness Australia, to raise awareness of people experiencing homelessness, the issues they face and the action needed to achieve enduring solutions. In 2018, Homelessness Week is the 6-12 August with a theme 'Ending homelessness together'...
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The Advance Queensland Community Digital Champions program encourages Queenslanders to explore and enjoy the benefits of the digital age - through the stories and activities of inspirational champions. Champions come from all walks of life and may represent and industry, community or demographic...
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Queensland Government media release People with a disability using the TransLink Access Pass (TAP) will no longer pay for replacement card charges from August 1. Card expiry dates will be extended from one to five years too, meaning eligible travellers with a permanent disability won’t need to pay...
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A Report on Youth Justice produced by Mr Bob Atkinson, former Queensland Police Commissioner and Commissioner on the recently concluded Royal Commission into Institutional Reponses to Child Sexual Abuse was presented to the Honourable Di Farmer MP, Minister for Child Safety, Youth and Women and...
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Community organisation Logan Together is holding an induction session for organisations and individuals to find out more about what they do. At the session you can find out more about the movement and their roadmap strategies and projects. It's a chance for anyone who hasn't yet been immersed in...
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Social Traders has hosted the Social Enterprise Conference and Social Enterprise Awards since 2013 providing a unique platform for Australian social enterprise to grow, connect, learn and share. This year the Social Enterprise Conference will operate over two days. Catering specifically for Social...
Queensland’s most vulnerable children will have greater protection from this week with important reforms to Queensland’s child protection legislation coming in to effect. Minister for Child Safety Di Farmer said the latest phase of the reforms would make it easier for children on custody orders to...

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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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Emma Garton, Queensland Council of Social Service

Transition to Independence Month (T2I Month), held annually in November, aims to raise awareness about the needs of young people as they transition from out-of-home care to independence. 

This year’s theme Road to Independence… Journey to success aims to promote the idea that a...

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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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Emma Garton, Queensland Council of Social Service

This year Carers Queensland will show carers they count by celebrating their contribution and dedication to the care of others at local events around the state, during National Carers Week.

The week provides an opportunity for local communities to raise awareness, from 15 to...

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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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Queensland Child Protection Week

Queenslanders are being called upon to support children everyday this Child Protection Week - Sunday 3 to Saturday 9 September 2017 - as communities across the state are reminded that ‘Protecting Children is Everybody’s Business.’

With more than 22,581 notifications made to...

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House Call Doctor

Research shows Indigenous health professionals account for only 0.3% of the national healthcare workforce.

This severe underrepresentation has a number of repercussions for the industry and Indigenous members of the community seeking culturally appropriate healthcare.

“The...

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Emma Garton, Queensland Council of Social Service

The theme for 2017’s Homelessness Week is ‘Action and Innovation’ which will highlight the work of specialist services in response to the homelessness crisis. 

Homelessness Australia coordinate Homelessness Week by facilitating events around Australia to create awareness...

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Lisa Hodgkinson, COTA Queensland

Coordinated by the senior’s peak organisation Council on the Ageing (COTA) Queensland on behalf of the Queensland Government, Queensland Seniors Week is an opportunity for older Queenslanders to explore programs and services, events and activities and connect with people of all ages and...

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Domnica Sparkes, UnitingCare Queensland Elder Abuse Prevention Unit Project Officer

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day falls each year on 15 June and is denoted by the colour purple which, represents wisdom, dignity, independence and creativity.

Each year, between five to 10 per cent of older people are victims of abuse or mistreatment.  Much of this is unreported and many...

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