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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The Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) and Infoxchange are working together to advance digital inclusion and technology for social justice as key public policy issues. Together they are published Measuring Australia's Digital Divide: The Australian Digital Inclusion Index 2018. First...
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The Accessible Housing Options Paper has been circulated for public consultation. The Australian Building Codes Board's Options Paper provides a preliminary menu of options and costings on the possible inclusion of a minimum accessibility standard for housing in the National Construction Code (NCC...
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Accounting standards for not-for-profit organisations are set to change on 1 January 2019. Will you organisation be ready? Join this Pro Bono Australia webinar facilitated by CPA Australia's Ram Subramanian, in conversation with sector experts David Hardidge and Andrew Marks, where you'll be guided...
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The Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience has developed two national publications on disaster resilience. Public Information and Warnings Handbook This authoritative national guide for those who provide warnings before, during and after emergencies. The handbook outlines evidence-based,...
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Christmas can be a difficult time of year for children and young people living in care who can’t live with their own families. In addition to gifts purchased by wonderful foster and kinship carers, The Queensland Government is asking people to donate a Christmas gift to show your support...
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The Queensland Government has tabled the Human Rights Bill and it has been referred to the Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee for community consultation. The committee will be considering submissions from all over Queensland. To find out more information about how you can make a...
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Queensland's Domestic and Family Violence Protection Act was most recently amended in January this year. Magistrates Court practice in this area continues to evolve with the roll-out of specialist courts across the state. Staying up-to-date in this area is essential to provide clients with...
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Queensland Government media release The Palaszczuk Government is further strengthening Queensland’s blue card system with eight more disqualifying offences and the introduction of a new Bill legislating the ‘No Card, No Start’ scheme. Attorney-General Yvette D’Ath said the Palaszczuk Government...
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The Queensland Alliance for Mental Health Conference will be held in Cairns on 28 to 29 May 2019. It will explore the theme 'A Pathway to Wellness: Being the Frontline of Community Mental Health'. The conference will focus on what is happening in the mental health sector in Queensland, how services...
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Do you have an idea for a project, initiative or event to help continue the conversation around sexual violence across Queensland communities? Applications are now open for grants of $500 to $5,000 for projects, initiatives or events during March and April 2019. Applications are invited for...

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Angela Massey, QCOSS

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Queensland Council of Social Service

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