The Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) considers that the following key principles inform the delivery of social services in Queensland:

  • Inclusive social and economic policy
  • Human rights instruments as key reference points for policy and practice
  • Practice informed by evidence and lived experience
  • Focus on prevention and early intervention
  • Focus on person-centred policy and practice
  • People who use services actively informing the policy decisions that impact on their lives
  • Communities actively informing local responses to need
  • Timely access to data for planning and measuring impact
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The Family Matters Report 2019, released today, sets out what governments are doing to turn the tide on over-representation and the outcomes for children and their families. Currently, there are 20,421 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in out-of-home care making them 37.3 per cent of...
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Community Legal Centres is holding a webinar on the implementation of the Human Rights Act 2019. The Queensland Human Rights Act commences on 1 January 2020, protecting 23 human rights in Queensland law. Under the Act, 'public entities' including government departments and agencies are required to...
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The Department of Employment, Small Business and Training (DESBT) and WorkAbility Queensland are hosting an NDIS Indigenous Business Forum. The NDIS sector (and broader disability support sector) provides business opportunities for: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander micro businesses Aboriginal...
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Queensland's state cabinet has endorsed the introduction of a portable long service leave scheme for the social and community service sector. Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace announced her endorsement of the scheme which will cover all employees covered by the Social, Community, Home Care...
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Social enterprises can be non-profit, for-profit or hybrid businesses that exist to benefit the public and community and are established to address a range of cultural, social and environmental issues. The Social Enterprise Grants Program will provide assistance between $5,000 to $50,000 to enable...
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How can we inspire hope and take courageous action to create the Queensland we really want? QCOSS invites you to join them for a hands-on gathering to develop a vision, common agenda and key actions for change. QCOSS, Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) and Common Cause Australia have come...
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Help improve the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people by completing the Coalition of Peaks Closing the Gap survey. The Coalition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peak Organisations is working with the Australian government to develop a new National Agreement on Closing the...
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During the Christmas period many community service organisations close their doors. If you need support during the holiday season here are a list of helpful contacts: Queensland Government - 13Family hotline Phone: 13 32 64 Family Drug Support's 24/7 support line Phone: 1300 368 186 DV Connect...
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Queensland Government media release Seventy-three neighbourhood centres across Queensland will share in more than $600,000 under the Palaszczuk Government’s Thriving Queensland Communities Grants program. Minister for Communities Coralee O'Rourke today (24 October) announced the successful...
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Not-for-profit Law runs regular training on a range of common legal issues faced by community organisations and individuals within them. The training is aimed at small to medium not-for-profit organisations. It is presented by Not-for-profit Law lawyers and guest presenters. Have a look at their...

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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...
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Simone Hockins, Queensland Council of Social Service

Last year Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) and Queensland Families and Communities Association (QFCA) consulted with neighbourhood and community centres across Queensland.

The report, which was the largest community consultation of its kind in Queensland, found three key...

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Author: 
Louise Mullins, Queensland Council of Social Service

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...

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Author: 
Louise Mullins, Queensland Council of Social Service

Did you know as many as one in five Queenslanders has a disability? Every day, some face barriers to participating in their own community.

Everyone has a role to play in creating a more inclusive Queensland, whether as an individual, through business or as a member of a community group....

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Author: 
Michael McAfee, PolicyLink President

Michael McAfee, President of PolicyLink, in the United States of America, gave an inspiring speech to delegates of the Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) conference in 2016. He held the...

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Author: 
Sharon Daley, Queensland Council of Social Service

Social justice is a very broad term that has local, state, national and international consequences.

According the United Nations social justice is …

an underlying principle for peaceful and prosperous coexistence within and among nations. We uphold the principles of social...

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Author: 
Louise Mullins, Queensland Council of Social Service

Many organisations have very limited resources so it is sometimes necessary to seek additional funding to ensure ongoing service delivery.

Writing a submission for funding can sometimes be overwhelming, time-consuming and at times unrewarding, if unsuccessful, for an...

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Natalie Siegel-Brown, Public Guardian

As the Queensland Public Guardian I am pleased to announce the inaugural opening of the Queensland Public Guardian’s Excellence Awards.

As Public Guardian, I want to acknowledge the exemplary work being undertaken by staff in the community services sector across the...

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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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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: 
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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