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.

Queensland’s most vulnerable children will have greater protection from this week with important reforms to Queensland’s child protection legislation coming in to effect. Minister for Child Safety Di Farmer said the latest phase of the reforms would make it easier for children on custody orders to...
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Following the successful commencement of several provisions of the Child Protection Reform Amendment Act 2017 in January, the next stage is set to commence on 23 July 2018. These important changes will ensure the safety and wellbeing of children and young people whose families are working with the...
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Queensland Government media release Sexual assault victims can access free legal help to protect their private counselling sessions from becoming public in court proceedings, after Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Yvette D’Ath today (18th July) officially launched ' Counselling Notes...
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Queensland Government media release With the rollout of the NDIS locally from 1 July, Cairns region residents with disability are being encouraged by the Palaszczuk Government to check their eligibility and take up the opportunity to sign up to the scheme. Speaking about the rollout of the NDIS...
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Events celebrating Queenslanders with disability and promoting inclusion have been given a welcome boost by the Palaszczuk Government, with the announcement of the successful recipients for this year’s Disability Community Event grants program. Funding will be provided to 39 not-for-profit and...
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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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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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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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