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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Queensland Government press release Queenslanders who want to make a difference are being encouraged to nominate for the Multicultural Queensland Advisory Council. Multicultural Affairs Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said nominations are now open for a number of places on the 11-member Council for a...
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Queensland Government media release A disability housing project in Maroochydore is expected to deliver long-term sustainable accommodation for nine people with disability, thanks to $1 million in Palaszczuk Government funding. The housing project on Millwell Rd is being delivered in partnership...
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Queensland Government media release More North Queensland residents are now able to access financial assistance and support services following the extreme flooding over recent days, with parts of the Burdekin and further areas of Townsville now activated. Acting Communities Minister Shannon...
Legal Aid Queensland invites community, health and education workers to attend a free community legal education webinar taking place at 10:00-11:00am, 21 February 2019 . The webinar will be delivered by Paul Holmes, a senior lawyer with Legal Aid Queensland, and will cover: • the current issues in...
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The Community Services Peaks all support the goals and principles of the NDIS and have banded together to share peoples NDIS stories and answer key questions about eligibility, signing up and where to go for help. The Community Service Peaks include COTA Queensland, Community Legal Centres...
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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...

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....

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...

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...

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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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Author: 
Tiffany Tento, Queensland Council of Social Service

Pro Bono Australia founder, Karen Mahlab has delivered her top 10 trends for the social sector in 2014.

Karen's predictions include:

  • The future of reform
  • ...
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Author: 
Megan Smith, Homelessness Planning and Coordination Officer for Central Queensland, Queensland Council of Social Service

In light of recent severe weather events, discussions on the impact on people experiencing poverty and disadvantage and the wider sector that supports them is emerging. As a non-scientist Social Worker I will leave the debate surrounding climate change and have written this Blog on the...

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Author: 
Anne Curson, Queensland Council of Social Service

This blog is managed by the Queensland Council of Social Service as a part of the Community Door project, which is funded by the Queensland Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services.

At this blog...

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