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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A new campaign has been launched to get more Australians volunteering in the disability sector to help meet the surging demand for disability workers under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). Volunteer For Disability is a new campaign created by leading disability services organisation...
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From January 2018, the NDIS is rolling out to more areas in Queensland. All eligible people living in Rockhampton, Gladstone and west to the borders region will begin to enter the NDIS from 1 January. The NDIS will become available in Brisbane City north and south of the Brisbane River, the Gold...
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Registrations are open for the 2018 Community Legal Centres Queensland Annual Conference. The Conference is being held on 8-9 March 2018 at the Oakwood Hotel and Apartments, Brisbane. Keep an eye out for the full program for the event which will be released shortly. For further information go here...
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The Australian Charities Report 2016, launched last week, has found that charities recorded total revenue over $142.8 billion, with the sector spending more that $137.1 billion pursuing their charitable purpose. It analyses the annual reporting data from more than 52,000 registered charities,...
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The Queensland program of assistance to survivors of torture and trauma (QPASTT), in partnership with QUT, is pleased to invite you to attend this one day symposium, Healing in Exile - The Challenges in Context. The program is structed to start a conversation amongst delegates on the many...
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The Family Matters 2017 report examines the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in out-of-home care. The report has been published by the Family Matters campaign, led by SNAICC - National Voice for our Children. The report examines progress made towards...
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CheckUP’s annual Health in Focus survey is now open . The survey takes just five minutes to complete and all respondents can go in the running to win great prizes including one of three Apple Watches, two iPads and a Fitbit Zip. Now in its ninth year, Health in Focus is one of the largest snapshots...
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In 2018, the NDIS will be hosting provider forums across the country, including dates in Brisbane and Townsville. The forums are an opportunity for providers to hear the latest from the NDIA and key stakeholders in the sector. Forums will provide an update on the independent pricing review, the...
The NDS Queensland state committee invites service providers of the Sunshine Coast, Cairns and Fraser Coast regions to discuss questions around the NDIS rollout. Committee members hold a range of experience covering various rollout regions and service size, and offer an afternoon of sharing...
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This workshop introduces the Unpacking Priorities and Practices (UPP) Framework developed for non-profit organisations by Dr. Aastha Malhotra. Building on an evolutionary review of non-profit management that brings order to the often competing demands faced by organisations; the framework positions...

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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...
Legal Aid have a series of captioned recordings about Legal Aid Queensland services on their YouTube channel . Videos for community, health and education workers can be found here and include their published community legal education webinars. Upcoming webinars can be found on the Information for...
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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December is the perfect month to do some good by helping those most in need over the festive season.

Countless families are struggling at Christmastime and the pressure on them is often more challenging than any other time of year.

By sparing your time as a volunteer you could ease...

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Author: 
Sharon Daley, QCOSS

International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) is held on 3 December each year.

It is a United Nations (UN) sanctioned day, celebrated internationally and aiming to increase public awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with disability, as well as to celebrate the...

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Author: 
Emma Garton, Queensland Council of Social Service

Transition to Independence Month (T2I Month), held annually in November, aims to raise awareness about the needs of young people as they transition from out-of-home care to independence. 

This year’s theme Road to Independence… Journey to success aims to promote the idea that a...

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Being a foster carer means opening the door to children who you are related to biologically; children and young people who can’t live in their own home because they have experienced emotional, physical or sexual abuse or neglect, are at risk of experiencing one of those forms of harm or...

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Author: 
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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Author: 
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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Author: 
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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