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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MultiLink Community Services are holding a free lunch celebrating Queensland Women’s Week, with guest speakers from the local Logan Community aimed at improving women’s financial literacy and capability. Date : 6 March 2019, 1:30pm - 3:00pm Location : Logan Central Community Centre, 9-11 Jacaranda...
Deal with Debt Day in Logan
With so many people in the greater Logan area struggling financially, the Deal with Debt Day event aims to connect vulnerable people to professionals who can make a positive difference to their financial wellbeing. Get free advice and information from experts around topics a number of topics: Get...
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Queensland Government media release Sporting clubs hit hard by recent flooding can now apply for an additional $20,000 funding to assist with repairs and rebuilding. Attending the Western Lions Rugby League Club with Aaron Harper MP, Minister for Sport Mick de Brenni announced the Palaszczuk...
Queensland Alliance for Mental Health (QAMH) would like to announce that their upcoming conference, Mental Health in the Community State Conference on 28 and 29 May 2019, will be postponed until further notice. A new date will be provided in the near future. In a statement, the organisation...
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The Lord Mayor's Multicultural Business Scholarship Program and Mentoring Scheme provides business training and mentoring opportunities for Brisbane residents from multicultural backgrounds. It is a 12 month program with monthly workshops which assists existing business owners to grow their...
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The Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies at QUT aims to bring to the community the benefits of teaching, research, technology and service relevant to philanthropic and nonprofit communities. Their latest webinar, featuring Denise McNerney and Dr Lewe Atkinson, looks at methods...
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Residents in flood-affected areas across north Queensland can access free legal information and advice from Legal Aid Queensland. Legal Aid Queensland CEO Anthony Reilly said people affected by natural disasters often experienced a range of legal issues - like disputes over insurance claims,...
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Queensland Government media release Minister for Women Di Farmer has urged Queenslanders to ensure women feature prominently in nominations for this year’s Queensland Greats Awards. Ms Farmer said women were integral to shaping and developing Queensland, and as Minister for Women she wanted their...
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Queensland Government media release Disaster assistance has now been extended to Diamantina Shire Council and additional assistance has been made available in parts of Winton Shire Council as the record-breaking monsoonal floods continue to affect central western Queensland. Assistance is being...
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Queensland Government media release The Queensland Government is investing $17 million into new and improved initiatives in the youth justice system aimed at improving the outcomes for young people engaged with the youth justice system, their families and their communities. Minister for Youth Di...

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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

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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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Shelley Dunlop, QCOSS

You have by now no doubt heard of the incredible success of the new game, Pokémon Go. And even if you haven't, you have probably noticed a marked increase in people roaming around parks, shopping centres and other public areas, intent on their smartphones.

The new mobile app allows users...

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Joel Ainscough, Queensland University of Technology

In the midst of a changing work environment there are some factors that employers in non-profit organisations may need to consider.

Provided here are some human resource management tips for consideration in the modern Australian workforce.

Work-life balance

The term “Work-...

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Queensland Council of Social Service

The Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) recently released a new report revealing the interrelated nature of poverty and disadvantage, highlighting key areas in Queensland which need to be addressed with better targeted programs, policies and investment.

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Shelley Dunlop, Queensland Council of Social Service

You may have seen the Network Spaces tab at the top of the Community Door site. You may even think Network Spaces is actually Community Door, a common assumption since the whole of Community Door used to be that green colour.

So what is Network Spaces and why would you want to use it?...

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The Social Benefit Bond Program, Queensland Treasury

The competitive tender process for the Queensland government's new Social Benefit Bonds program has recently been launched, and the Invitation for Expressions of Interest (EOI) documents are available via...

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