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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NAIDOC Week is celebrating the invaluable contributions that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have made – and continue to make - to our communities, our families, and our rich history. Q Shelter is celebrating NAIDOC Week 2018 by hosting a digital photographic exhibition showcasing...
The 2018-19 State Budget provides indexation increases to be paid on ongoing operational State funding. The indexation rate will be applied to each service stream based on the proportion of State and Commonwealth funding and respective State and/or Commonwealth indices to calculate the weighted...
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'Because of Her, We Can!' is the 2018 NAIDOC Week (8th-15th July) theme, highlighting the vital roles of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women as leaders and activists in their own communities and nationally. A boriginal and Torres Strait Islander women are the unsung heroes that continue to...
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Disability Services Consulting (DSC) is running the workshop Making Sense, Moving Forward to give you expert insights, analysis and practice implications to get your organisation ready for the Quality and Safeguarding Framework. The workshop will work on: Leveraging the new rules to enhance...
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Queensland Multicultural Month, the state's largest multicultural celebration, is held in the month of August each year. People from across the state join together to perform, share, taste, listen, learn and acknowledge that, while we may come from different cultures, we all love living in...
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The Community Services Industry Alliance's (CSIA) Inclusion Ready project is providing the opportunity for organisations to develop the narrative they need alongside a theory of change to strengthen their Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) grant applications. Stories of Change to...
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Queensland Government media release A new committee has been appointed to provide advice on applications for the state’s largest one-off grants program, which distributes approximately $54 million per year to not-for-profit community groups. Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Yvette D’Ath...
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Queensland Government media release The Palaszczuk Government will provide more than $1 million in funding to the Queenslanders with Disability Network (QDN) to help additional people access the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). Minister for Disability Services Coralee O’Rourke said the...
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The Public Guardian last week awarded Townsville local, Kris Hood, with the Public Guardian Excellence Award for her role in supporting and advocating for clients with a disability. Kris is a Support Coordinator at Mercy Community NDIS Services Townsville and was awarded for her ‘excellence in...
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This survey has been designed to gather your valuable feedback regarding the skills and career development needs of NDIS workers. It forms part of an evaluation of Workability Qld - a government-funded project building workforce supply and capability to support the NDIS. By completing this survey,...

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