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.

Funding of $2.5 million is available in 2017-18 under the First Start program for community-based organisations (CBOs) to offer opportunities to young people and disadvantaged job seekers to gain nationally recognised qualifications and 12 months employment by undertaking a traineeship. First Start...
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Foster carers come from all walks of life. But no matter who they are, foster carers all have one thing in common — they have a place in their hearts for a child who needs love and understanding. One couple who have opened their hearts and their home to some of Queensland’s most vulnerable children...
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NDS invites you to this half day workshop, Social Innovation in the NDIS Marketplace , which will focus on developing your organisation’s understanding of key themes in social innovation, and develop your business capability to deliver positive social impact as the sector transitions to an...
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With the Waste Reduction and Recycling Amendment Bill 2017, which legislates a container refund scheme and a plastic bag ban, now passed by Parliament, the introduction of a Container Refund Scheme in July 2018 is confirmed. Boomerang Alliance and Scouts Association Queensland would like to invite...
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This week is Anti-Poverty Week (15-21 October) where all Australians are encouraged to organised or take part in an activity aiming to highlight or overcome issues of poverty and hardship here and overseas. The main aims of the week are to: Strengthen public understanding of the causes and...
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Queensland Government media release The Palaszczuk Government is taking action to reduce cost of living for Queensland seniors, with increased funding for energy, rates and water concessions. Speaking in Parliament today, Minister for Seniors Coralee O’Rourke said the government had increased the...
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White Ribbon is the world’s largest movement of men and boys working to end men’s violence against women and girls, promote gender equality, healthy relationships and a new vision of masculinity. White Ribbon Australia, as part of this global movement, aims to create a society in which all women...
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The Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability has released the Supporting Families Changing Futures report to provide an overview of progress during 2016-17. The Queensland Government is committed to restoring child safety services and has backed the reform program with an investment...
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Queensland Government media release A Palaszczuk Government program designed to help tenants with complex needs avoid homelessness has so far assisted 133 social housing tenants to maintain safe, secure accommodation. Speaking on World Homelessness Day (10 October 2017), Minister for Housing and...
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The Women's Legal Service Queensland has developed the Penda app, a new free smartphone app to provide women who have experienced domestic and family violence with financial, legal and referral information. It has been tailored for intimate relationships but still may be relevant to other...

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Are you looking for support in Queensland, or trying to find a service that meets your needs? Now you can search oneplace , the service directory hosted by the Queensland Family and Child Commission. oneplace is an easily accessible directory of community services to help Queensland families to get...
The Financial Counsellors' Association of Queensland is the peak professional body representing the membership of 74 Financial Counsellors throughout inner city, suburban and regional Queensland. The FCAQ is also a not for profit organisation whose members provide a fee and accessible financial...
QCOSS has held a number of webinars on various topics related to the Cost of Living. You can watch a recording of the webinars or download a copy of the presentations. Energy literacy webinar This webinar covers everything you need to know about energy bills including how to read a bill, what the...
The Legal Health Check is a collaboration between the Queensland Public Interest Law Clearing House (QPILCH) and the National Association of Community Legal Centres Inc. The Legal Health Check provides a number of resources and tools to help organisations identify their clients' legal needs and...
In the first reading of the 2015 Queensland Budget Speech on 14 July 2015, Treasurer Pitt announced that the Queensland Government will pilot 3 social benefit bonds aimed at sourcing funds from the private sector to finance the achievement of quantifiable social outcomes in the community. The pilot...
The Community Resource Handbooks were launched by Volunteering Queensland on 12 May 2015. They consolidate the knowledge gained through Volunteering Queensland's community leadership work with more than 2,000 community groups over the past fifteen years. The handbooks are aimed at small to medium...
An inaugural benchmarking survey draws together insights from over 100 survey respondents on topics such as governance, strategy, fundraising, risk management and the use of volunteer and professional resources. The survey results highlight that many not-for-profit organisations rely heavily on...
Amnesty International has released ‘The State of the World’s Human Rights’. The 2014/15 report documents the state of the world's human rights during 2014. Read more
The presentations below are from the QCOSS State Conference on 17 October 2014.
The Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) has produced the Planned Support Guide: an approach to case management for people working in a wide range of community services. If you are a front line worker, supervisor or manager this guide is for you. The guide assists in the development of a...
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Emma Garton, Queensland Council of Social Service

This year Carers Queensland will show carers they count by celebrating their contribution and dedication to the care of others at local events around the state, during National Carers Week.

The week provides an opportunity for local communities to raise awareness, from 15 to...

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Louise Mullins, Queensland Council of Social Service

Would it surprise you to know that poverty and severe hardship affects more than a million Australians? And around the world more than a billion are desperately poor?

Anti-Poverty Week 2017 encourages all Australians to highlight issues of poverty and hardship here, at home, and overseas...

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Julie Martin, Queensland Mental Health Week Coordinator

Celebrate good mental health and wellbeing by getting involved in 2017 Queensland Mental Health Week.

The week is an opportunity to promote good mental health and wellbeing, create understanding of mental illness, and celebrate the lives of people living with mental illness.

This...

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Queensland Child Protection Week

Queenslanders are being called upon to support children everyday this Child Protection Week - Sunday 3 to Saturday 9 September 2017 - as communities across the state are reminded that ‘Protecting Children is Everybody’s Business.’

With more than 22,581 notifications made to...

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House Call Doctor

Research shows Indigenous health professionals account for only 0.3% of the national healthcare workforce.

This severe underrepresentation has a number of repercussions for the industry and Indigenous members of the community seeking culturally appropriate healthcare.

“The...

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Emma Garton, Queensland Council of Social Service

The theme for 2017’s Homelessness Week is ‘Action and Innovation’ which will highlight the work of specialist services in response to the homelessness crisis. 

Homelessness Australia coordinate Homelessness Week by facilitating events around Australia to create awareness...

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Lisa Hodgkinson, COTA Queensland

Coordinated by the senior’s peak organisation Council on the Ageing (COTA) Queensland on behalf of the Queensland Government, Queensland Seniors Week is an opportunity for older Queenslanders to explore programs and services, events and activities and connect with people of all ages and...

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Domnica Sparkes, UnitingCare Queensland Elder Abuse Prevention Unit Project Officer

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day falls each year on 15 June and is denoted by the colour purple which, represents wisdom, dignity, independence and creativity.

Each year, between five to 10 per cent of older people are victims of abuse or mistreatment.  Much of this is unreported and many...

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Louise Mullins, QCOSS

National Reconciliation Week (NRW) runs annually, from 27 May to 3 June, and marks two milestones in Australia’s reconciliation journey: the 1967 referendum and the High Court Mabo decision. In 2017, we reflect on two significant anniversaries – 50 years since the 1967 referendum and 25 years...

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Dr Sonja Hood CEO of Community Hubs Australia

School readiness is a term used by educators to refer to a child’s preparedness for their first day in the classroom. If you are like me, you may be thinking it’s all about literacy and numeracy, but when I started as the CEO of Community Hubs Australia I found out it was about something much...

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