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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How well do we know what the 24 per cent of Queensland’s population aged between 0 and 18, want? From as far north as the Torres Strait and as west as Mount Isa down to South-East Queensland, the Queensland Family and Child Commission (QFCC) gathered the opinions, ideas and thoughts of more than 7,...
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A new Patient Information Booklet Accessing the National Disability Insurance Scheme has been developed by Queenslanders with a Disability Network (QDN) in partnership with the Brisbane North PHN and the North Brisbane Partners in Recovery. The booklet has been developed to assist people who are...
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The Palaszczuk Government has today released Queensland’s first Youth Justice Strategy outlining ways to keep communities safer and reduce youth reoffending across the state. Minister for Child Safety, Youth and Women Di Farmer said the strategy Working Together Changing the Story 2019-2023...
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More than 150 multicultural events to be held throughout the State in 2019 will share in $1.3 million in funding from the Palaszczuk Government’s Celebrating Multicultural Grants program. Multicultural Affairs Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said the government had doubled multicultural grants funding...
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During the Christmas period many community service organisations close their doors. If you need support during the holiday season here are a list of helpful contacts: Queensland Government - 13Family hotline Phone: 13 32 64 Family Drug Support's 24/7 support line Phone: 1300 368 186 DV Connect...
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The Disability Advocacy Resource Unit has launched a new online disability advocacy course. This free, self-paced online course provides an overview of what types of disability advocacy are available, a foundation in the human rights framework and how disability advocates use legal instruments and...
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If you are a community organisation that responds to housing and social needs of people without homes or those living in social housing in Brisbane's inner-north you can take advantage of Brisbane City Council funding ranging between $2,000 and $10,000. This grant program has been made possible...
The National NAIDOC Awards recognise the outstanding contributions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Do you know someone who has improved the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in their communities and beyond? Who have promoted Indigenous issues in the wider...
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Queensland Government media release Queensland is home to more than 700,000 active volunteers, each playing their part in making the state’s thriving communities more resilient and vibrant places to live. Today (5 December) is International Volunteer Day, an opportunity for Queenslanders to...
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Multicultural Affairs Queensland commissioned Deloitte Access Economics to undertake research on the skills and overseas qualifications of migrants and refugees. The report Seizing the opportunity: Making the most of the skills and experience of migrants and refugees explores the economic and...

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Author: 
Sharon Daley, Queensland Council of Social Service

The change that has occurred in result of the successful #MeToo and #TimesUp movements has surprised many. It is hoped now that these movements will serve as a catalyst to greater gender parity around the world.

The World Economic Forum's 2017 Global Gender Gap Report...

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Author: 
Sharon Daley, Queensland Council of Social Service

Social justice is a very broad term that has local, state, national and international consequences.

According the United Nations social justice is …

an underlying principle for peaceful and prosperous coexistence within and among nations. We uphold the principles of social...

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Author: 
Louise Mullins, Queensland Council of Social Service

Many organisations have very limited resources so it is sometimes necessary to seek additional funding to ensure ongoing service delivery.

Writing a submission for funding can sometimes be overwhelming, time-consuming and at times unrewarding, if unsuccessful, for an...

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Author: 
Natalie Siegel-Brown, Public Guardian

As the Queensland Public Guardian I am pleased to announce the inaugural opening of the Queensland Public Guardian’s Excellence Awards.

As Public Guardian, I want to acknowledge the exemplary work being undertaken by staff in the community services sector across the...

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December is the perfect month to do some good by helping those most in need over the festive season.

Countless families are struggling at Christmastime and the pressure on them is often more challenging than any other time of year.

By sparing your time as a volunteer you could ease...

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Author: 
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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Author: 
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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Author: 
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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Author: 
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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