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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Throughout May, June and July 2015, the Human Services Quality Framework team in the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services, in partnership with the Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS), delivered presentations to service providers around Queensland through 15 face-...
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Older Queenslanders will have greater opportunities to connect with their family and the community through technology, with the launch of a new state-wide program aiming to help seniors navigate the digital world. Seniors Minister Coralee O’Rourke and Science and Innovation Minister Leeanne Enoch...
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Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced the Queensland Government will implement all 140 recommendations in Dame Quentin Bryce’s landmark Not Now, Not Ever report into domestic and family violence. Key actions include increasing criminal penalties for domestic and family violence, to reflect...
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In the first reading of the 2015 Queensland Budget Speech on 14 July 2015, Treasurer Pitt announced that the Queensland Government will pilot three social benefit bonds aimed at sourcing funds from the private sector to finance the achievement of quantifiable social outcomes in the community. The...
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On 17 July the Honourable Curtis Pitt MP, Treasurer, Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships, spoke about the state budget and how it will impact on the community service sector at the QCOSS State Budget Breakfast. You can...
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The Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services has released a regularly updated calendar of events related to the rollout of the NDIS in 2016. The new NDIS events calendar connects Queenslanders with disability, their families and carers, businesses and service providers with...
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The Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) report , Inequality in Australia: A nation divided , has found that there is a big gap in incomes and wealth between different groups in society. While inequality is not as extreme in Australia by international comparison, we are trending in the...
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The 2016 Australian of the Year Awards are now open for nomination. Each year our nation celebrates the achievement and contribution of eminent Australians through the Australian of the Year Awards by profiling leading citizens who are role models for us all. They inspire us through their...
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The Hon Shannon Fentiman MP, Minister for Communities, Women and Youth, Minister for Child Safety and Minister for Multicultural Affairs, and the Hon Coralee O’Rourke MP, Minister for Disability Services, Minister for Seniors and Minister Assisting the Premier on North Queensland, have today...
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Know Your Community – Key insights into Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders , is a new tool which enables anyone to build a community profile containing information and data about Queensland's first nation peoples and the communities they live in. Whether you are developing a...

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