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 Human Rights Act 2019 creates important opportunities to address human rights violations of vulnerable Queenslanders, including people with disability. With the commencement of the obligations under this legislation from 1 January 2020, the Act will be another tool for advocates to use to...
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The Talking Treaty event is a sincere discussion of the matter of treaty, between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and all levels of Australian government. The event will be guided by Mary Graham, Kombu-merri/Waka Waka philosopher, Dale Ruska, Goenpul Goori First Nation sovereign owner...
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The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) is holding workshops across the state with a focus on access to the scheme. The workshop will cover: NDIS eligibility criteria How to request access What information to provide Where to go for more information Event details Brisbane When : 9 December...
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Queensland Government media release Financial assistance and support services are now available to residents of targeted areas within the Scenic Rim Regional Council area who have been directly affected by bushfires over recent days. Communities Minister Coralee O’Rourke said parts of the Scenic...
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Queensland Government media release African Festival Townsville, Brisbane’s Luminous Lantern Parade, the Burdekin Cultural Fair, the Toowoomba Languages and Cultures Festival and the Mareeba Multicultural Festival are some of the 165 multicultural celebrations in 2020 that will share in more than $...
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Queensland Government media release Applications are now open for a share in $150,000 in grants for community organisations to host events during Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month in May 2020. Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence Di Farmer said grants of up to $5,...
Queensland Government media release Queensland’s business and community sectors will present a united front against domestic and family violence later this month at the Palaszczuk Government’s Not Now, Not Ever. Together Breakfast . One month on from the delivery of all 140 recommendations of the...
The Queensland Government has committed to a new way of working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders. Path to Treaty is a commitment from the Queensland Government to begin the journey towards negotiated treaties with First Nations Queenslanders. The development of Queensland's...
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Did you know that Blue Card Services offers events throughout Queensland to help the community understand how the blue card system works? There are opportunities to attend these events throughout the year. Types of events include: Community hub - general information sessions for organisations and...
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With the recent passing of the Human Rights Act in Queensland there is a great focus among the public, community, and research sectors about the implications of the Act for organisations and individuals. At the same time, Australia continues to grapple with reform around care services, access, and...

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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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Author: 
Dr Eleanor Glenn, Common Cause

Australia reMADE is an independent alliance of engaged people and community leaders from all walks of life, working to name, plan and act on the Australia of our dreams. We started as a group of civil society leaders...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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