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.

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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Queensland Seniors Week provides opportunities to promote positive community attitudes towards older people and ageing, facilitate community participation and enhance community connections aligning with the Queensland Government's and Council on the Ageing (COTA) Queensland's vision of building Age...
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Following the successful commencement of several provisions of the Child Protection Reform Amendment Act 2017 in January, the next stage is set to commence on 23 July 2018. These important changes will ensure the safety and wellbeing of children and young people whose families are working with the...
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The Protective Behaviours Australia Conference 2018 is hosted by Act for Kids and Protective Behaviours Australia. The two-day event features keynote speakers from across Australia sharing their research, insights and knowledge of protective behaviours. Combined with informative and interactive...
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Organisations are just like the human body. They need a periodic check-up to stay healthy. The Victorian Council of Social Service (VCOSS) has launched a free, online self-assessment tool to help NFPs assess their governance and financial health. Participants will be asked a series of questions...
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Queensland Government media release Sexual assault victims can access free legal help to protect their private counselling sessions from becoming public in court proceedings, after Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Yvette D’Ath today (18th July) officially launched ' Counselling Notes...
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In this 60-minute webinar, Understanding the philanthropic sector, you will learn how to build relationships between grant makers and grant seekers. It will give you valuable insight into: the challenges of the current practice model of philanthropy in Australia the relationship between...
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Volunteering Queensland, as a part of an Australian Research Council Linkage Project, is conducting an online survey to better understand the management of episodic (once-off) volunteers within the non-profit sector. The survey seeks volunteer managers or coordinators who manage episodic volunteers...
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Queensland Government media release With the rollout of the NDIS locally from 1 July, Cairns region residents with disability are being encouraged by the Palaszczuk Government to check their eligibility and take up the opportunity to sign up to the scheme. Speaking about the rollout of the NDIS...
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The Australian Government is inviting organisations to apply in an open selection process to deliver services under the Families and Communities program - Financial Wellbeing and Capability . This will include activities across Australia from 1 January 2019 to 30 June 2023. The Financial Wellbeing...

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Louise Mullins, QCOSS

National Reconciliation Week (NRW) runs annually, from 27 May to 3 June, and marks two milestones in Australia’s reconciliation journey: the 1967 referendum and the High Court Mabo decision. In 2017, we reflect on two significant anniversaries – 50 years since the 1967 referendum and 25 years...

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Dr Sonja Hood CEO of Community Hubs Australia

School readiness is a term used by educators to refer to a child’s preparedness for their first day in the classroom. If you are like me, you may be thinking it’s all about literacy and numeracy, but when I started as the CEO of Community Hubs Australia I found out it was about something much...

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Mark Henley, Queensland Council of Social Service Chief Executive Officer

Last week we marked National Close the Gap Day (16 March) - a day which calls on all Australians to take real, measurable steps to achieve equality for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples by 2030. The Close the Gap campaign was launched in 2007 and 10 years on, and while some progress...

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Sammy Bruderer, NAPCAN Queensland Manager

As the peak national body for the prevention of child abuse and neglect, promoting Child Safe Organisations is a key part of our work at NAPCAN. 

We are thrilled to be able to run a series of FREE Child Safe Organisation workshops throughout Queensland, thanks to the State Government’s...

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Michael Pegg, Jobs Australia

Whenever an organisation employs someone to do work, they enter into the world of industrial relations and human resource management.  It’s not usually the main focus for the organisation and it can be hard to see why clause xyz of the something or other award matters.  But it in the world...

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Angela Massey, QCOSS

On 8 December we celebrate Community Door’s 10th birthday.

Community Door was established as a gateway for community service organisations in Queensland to access key information and resources to help them in all aspects of their operations and keep them up to date with what’s happening...

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Lewis Atkinson, Haines Centre for Strategic Management

The traditional model of social and community benefits delivered by government, community groups, charities and the not- for profit sector, with some corporate philanthropy around the edges, has been slowing dying for some years now. 

Financial sustainability and/or independence is a...

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Dietmar Frick, QCOSS

Scamwatch is increasingly warning Australian small businesses and not for profits to beware of an invoice email scam.

The scam...

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Lyne Mear, HR Advisor and Employment Advocate, Owl Industries

Is your support worker or carer a contractor or an employee? If you are managing your own care or support arrangement, this is an important question, even if your focus is to be free of mainstream service providers and be able to determine your own life. 

Although the...

The Womens Centre Cairns is a proudly feminist not-for-profit organisation that provides services to women and children at risk of domestic violence and homelessness. Drawing funding from the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services and Department of Housing and Public...

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