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 National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) has released the new Price Guides, which will come into effect as on 1 July 2018. Price increases 7.6% price increase for standard intensity attendant care (i.e. with daily personal activities and assistance with community participation). This is a...
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The directions statement underlying the Child Protection Reform Amendment Act 2017 has been issued. The statement identifies twelve principles guiding the reforms and outlines other changes to child protection legislation in Queensland. A significant number of principles are related to cultural...
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National Disability Services (NDS) will hold their annual one-day conference on everything NDIS in Brisbane on 24 July 2018. NDS will present you with their plan for the way forward to ensure a strong and sustainable disability services sector. With almost 1,800 CEOs and senior managers attending...
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Queensland Government media release The Palaszczuk Government will invest more than $2.3 million over three years to trial a new model of intensive family support on the Gold Coast. The program, called SafeCare, would target vulnerable families with children aged up to five years who are at risk of...
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Queensland Government media release The Palaszczuk Government has opened applications for the third round of its Dignity First Fund to support Queenslanders to help other Queenslanders who are experiencing homelessness. Making the announcement at the annual Vinnies CEO Sleepout at Brisbane’s...
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Community engagement is about ensuring that those most impacted by social challenges have a say in designing and implementing solutions. Evidence and practice shows that the participation of intended beneficiaries and their families, neighbours, and trusted leaders can be critical to collaborations...
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Queensland Government media release Community groups, non-government organisations and local councils only have until next Monday (25 June) to apply for the Palaszczuk Government’s Advancing Queensland: Age-friendly community grants program , to help make Queensland a more age-friendly state...
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Queensland Government media release Minister for Multicultural Affairs Stirling Hinchliffe is calling on Queenslanders to show their support for refugees on World Refugee Day (Wednesday 20 June). “World Refugee Day reminds us that right now, there are millions of refugees throughout the world...
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On Tuesday, Queensland's 2018-19 State Budget was delivered. I want to take this chance to let you know some of the significant highlights announced to support and benefit the women and girls of Queensland. We have already made great strides towards gender equality in Queensland and it is very...
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Join Fusion in partnership with TAFE Queensland East Coast for the Bi-annual Mental Health Winter Forum: Choice, Chance and Change. Hear from a range of high-profile guest speakers including Queensland Mental Health Commissioner Ivan Frkovic. The forum will be held on 6 July 2018, between 8:30am...

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Nandjimadji art group
Author: 
Shelley Dunlop, QCOSS

You can now access a series of resources that showcase best practice HACC Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander service delivery models. 

The three booklets tell the stories of innovative and positive service delivery practices that meet the cultural needs of their...

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Author: 
Shelley Dunlop, QCOSS

The Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) has just released a new cost of living report examining the cost of living pressures across six Queensland regional centres – Brisbane, Gold Coast, Cairns, Mount Isa, Rockhampton and Kingaroy.

The report uses the existing Cost of Living...

The road ahead
Author: 
Valmae Rose, Queensland Council of Social Service

In the social service sector we are currently seeing a lot of interest and focus on outcomes. Given the desire to determine ‘value for money’ and other objectives of public investment in social services, there is renewed interest in the outcomes we are achieving, at a client and program level....

Effective communication
Author: 
Shelley Dunlop, QCOSS

The University of Western Sydney, in collaboration with the Western Sydney Community Forum, have developed a resource handbook titled “Developing a Common Language between...

Peter Kenyon
Author: 
Shelley Dunlop, QCOSS

Last week on 17 October 2014 the QCOSS State Conference - Building strength was held at the Convention and Exhibition Centre in Brisbane.

The program aimed to build on the strengths already existing within Queensland’s strong and resilient community service sector, as well...

Books
Author: 
Candice Bool, Open Minds

Open Minds recently participated in a research project called The Blue Portraits Project.  This project  proved to be a fantastic opportunity for the organisation to not only  increase its understanding of...

Green lightbulb
Author: 
Carly Allen, Manager Essential Services, Queensland Council of Social Services

Electricity prices have increased by 86 per cent over the last five years and this is having an impact on households across the state. Community organisations have reported growing numbers of clients presenting with financial stress as a direct result of an electricity bill they couldn’t...

The balance between people and money
Author: 
Alyce Maschio, Foresters Community Finance

For social enterprises and non-profit organisations, access to capital means they can build financial independence, own assets, leverage greater community benefits, and develop capacity to build a sustainable long-term future.

As the funding landscape changes and major sector...

Happy children lying in a circle
Author: 
Lucas Moore, Queensland Coordinator, CREATE Foundation

This month marks Child Protection Week (7-13 September) around Australia with the theme Protecting Children is Everybody’s Business.  For the broader community, the initiative focuses on raising awareness about child protection issues including child abuse prevention...

The Queensland Plan logo
Author: 
Tiffany Tento, Queensland Council of Social Service

The Queensland Government’s ambitious and visionary Queensland Plan has set out a positive framework for the next 30 years, but its success will depend on whether it can inspire real action.

The Queensland Plan is not...

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