What is the community 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. Non-government services are delivered by commercial and not-for-profit organisations.

Is the community service sector for you?

Workers in the social service sector are expected to display sensitivity, a concern for others, good communication skills, and a non-judgmental approach to issues faced by individuals and communities. Those who work with children in a regulated sector (as defined by the Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian Act 2000) are required to undergo a suitability check for working with children and be the holder of a current Blue Card. Refer to the Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian Act 2000 for information.

Workforce and training resources

In this section you can find a number of resources on what it's like to work in the social service sector, career opportunities, courses and training you can undertake, and details of free online professional development training. Use the left hand "Workforce and Training" menu to find the information you are looking for.

If you haven't already taken a look, browse the Community Door eTraining courses - they are all free, online and accessible to anyone. Topics include strengthening NGOs, governance, collaboration and cultural awareness.

Justice Connect runs regular webinars on all aspects of managing a community organisation. You can register for upcoming webinars or watch a recording of previous webinars.

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The Queensland Community Achievement Awards are designed to encourage, acknowledge and reward the valuable contributions individuals, communities and businesses are making throughout Queensland. Each of the category winners will receive a $2,500 award prize, courtesy of the Commonwealth Bank. Do...
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The NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission is a new independent agency established to improve the quality and safety of NDIS supports and services. They regulate the NDIS market and handle complaints about the quality and safety of NDIS supports and services. This means there will be changes for...
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The Brisbane Careers in Disability Expo will bring job seekers, disability service providers, job agencies and training organisations together. At the Expo you can find out about a diverse range of jobs available, meet employers and get practical advice about pathways and training. Expressions of...
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Queensland Government media release One of North Queensland’s most prominent community services providers has celebrated a significant milestone, with NQ Community Services officially changing its name to the very fitting title of ‘Community Gro’. Speaking at the launch of Community Gro on Friday (...
The Queensland Alliance for Mental Health has partnered with the Governance Institute of Australia to develop two highly informative training courses on Governance and the NDIS. The NDIS Governance Essentials and NDIS Risk Management Essentials courses have been tailored to assist executives to...
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The Refugee Employment Information Expo is to help refugees start their job search. There will be interpreters available for a number of languages and information to take home. At the expo there will be employers and industry representatives who can talk about what employers are looking for in new...
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If organisations want to create their preferred futures under the NDIS it is essential that they critically question whether they are creating the future they want. NDS is inviting disability service providers and other stakeholders who are considering providing services under the National...
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Community Legal Centres Queensland members provide free legal help to anyone who needs it. Their centres are located throughout Queensland and provide specialist and general legal services. They have recently produced a range of posters and postcards promoting their services. If the people...
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Register for this complimentary webinar to discover the latest trends in not-for-profit remuneration. In April, Pro Bono Australia released the 2018 Salary Survey . As the largest and most comprehensive report of its kind, it provides practical and in-depth information on building a remuneration...
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The Small Business Entrepreneur Grants Program is now open for applications. The Grants are helping new small businesses to get off to a better start with access to planning, coaching and training. Grants up to $5,000 (matched by participants) are available to help small businesses engage a...

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Embrace training for kindergarten educators
Author: 
Cherie Lamb, Queensland Council of Social Service

The EMBRACE Culture in Kindy Program aims to increase kindergarten participation for children from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse backgrounds in Queensland.

Our ‘Embracing cultural diversity in...

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...

Report
Author: 
Anne Curson, Queensland Council of Social Service

This month QCOSS releases the Rethinking Resources: Case Studies of Financial Resilience from Community Services report, in which community organisations from Queensland share...

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