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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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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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

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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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