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 media release Young Queenslanders transitioning from care to adulthood will have access to support until they reach 25 years under changes made to state legislation. Child Safety Minister Di Farmer said that help was previously only available until the age of 21 for the more...
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Queensland Government media release Applications are open for grants up to $40,000 for projects that encourage people from migrant and refugee backgrounds to participate in all Queensland has to offer. Multicultural Affairs Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said the Celebrating Multicultural Queensland...
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Queensland Government media release Applications for grants totalling $30,000 to run an activity, project or event during Queensland Youth Week (April 3-14) next year are now open. Minister for Youth Di Farmer said the grants of up to $2,000 allowed young Queenslanders, local councils and not-for-...
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Youth workers and educators are invited to attend a free community legal education webinar. The webinar will be delivered by David Law, principal lawyer, in Legal Aid Queensland's Youth Legal Aid team. It will cover: dealing with the police drugs, alcohol and parties how to support young people...
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Following a successful consultation in Cairns, community consultations are continuing in other locations across Queensland. Share your ideas on the future direction of the Queensland AIDS Coucil (QuAC) for all LGBTI Queenslanders. QuAC exists as the representative of a diverse range of individuals...
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Purchase your ticket today to the Queensland Government's 2018 White Ribbon Day Breakfast and show your support in ending domestic and family violence. Event MC, Kay McGrath OAM, will lead a panel of some of Queensland’s most respected advocates in the field of domestic and family violence as they...
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Queensland Government media release Young Gold Coast people will be offered safe and secure housing in a new complex to be built by the Palaszczuk Government in Southport, Housing Minister Mick de Brenni announced today. Mr de Brenni said the Gold Coast Youth Foyer – based on an internationally...
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Make sure your organisation has a say in the development of the Child and Family Support Sector's Excellence Framework for Child Safe Organisations and is briefed on the Industry Development work that Community Services Industry Alliance (CSIA) and Queensland Family anc Child Commission are...
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Approval for commencement of the third and final stage of the Child Protection Reform Amendment Act 2017 has been received, with changes set to come into effect from Monday 29 October 2018. This stage of amendments represents an important shift for the child protection and family support system to...
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Do you work with and support families and children? Find out when you can share information with other agencies to help ensure children’s safety and wellbeing. Check out the new Information Sharing Guidelines for practical support and guidance to help understand your obligations when sharing...

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Outcomes Working Group February 2015
Author: 
Richard Fahy, Lutheran Community Care

Lutheran Community Care’s vision is aligned to making quality of life better for the clients we serve. In the light of this it is important to us that we can also quantify what has changed for the client since they have been using our services. Through adopting an outcome-based framework we seek...

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....

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...

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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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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