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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Q Shelter has developed a model Domestic and Family Violence Leave Policy for housing and homelessness organisations. There are two version of the policy offered for consideration. Workplace Domestic and Family Violence Leave Model Policy – full version Workplace Domestic and Family Violence Leave...
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The Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) has announced the next stage of the QCOSS Movement for change – a series of Changing Lives, Changing Communities events in 13 locations across Queensland. These events will build on the knowledge gained and actions developed on the second day of the...
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The ACOSS National Conference 2018, Rise to the Challenge, will take place in Sydney on 29 and 30 October. Key conference sessions will include: Welfare conditionality - sanctions, support and behaviour change Automating inequality - how high-tech tools profile, police and punish the poor Energy -...
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Queensland Government media release People with a disability using the TransLink Access Pass (TAP) will no longer pay for replacement card charges from August 1. Card expiry dates will be extended from one to five years too, meaning eligible travellers with a permanent disability won’t need to pay...
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The Community Services Industry Alliance's (CSIA) Inclusion Ready project is providing the opportunity for organisations to develop the narrative they need alongside a theory of change to strengthen their Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) grant applications. Stories of Change to...
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The directions statement underlying the Child Protection Reform Amendment Act 2017 has been issued. The statement identifies twelve principles guiding the reforms and outlines other changes to child protection legislation in Queensland. A significant number of principles are related to cultural...
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Queensland Government media release The Palaszczuk Government will invest more than $2.3 million over three years to trial a new model of intensive family support on the Gold Coast. The program, called SafeCare, would target vulnerable families with children aged up to five years who are at risk of...
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Queensland Government media release Empowering communities to be resilient is a key focus of the Palaszczuk Government’s 2018-19 State Budget with a multi-million dollar investment to create thriving communities across Queensland, including $12.7 million for neighbourhood and community centres...
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Community-based organisations, particularly small ones, play a vital role in meeting community needs across Queensland. In times of disaster, they perform important roles at the frontline, responding to people in crisis. Often, they are also responding to broader community needs, before during and...
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Queensland Government media release The Palaszczuk Government has fulfilled its promise to fight domestic violence with 24 new specialist Police officers across the state. And the frontline officers will be backed with a $133 million commitment to help women and children experiencing domestic...

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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 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...
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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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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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Sammy Bruderer, NAPCAN Queensland Manager

As the peak national body for the prevention of child abuse and neglect, promoting Child Safe Organisations is a key part of our work at NAPCAN. 

We are thrilled to be able to run a series of FREE Child Safe Organisation workshops throughout Queensland, thanks to the State Government’s...

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Angela Massey, QCOSS

On 8 December we celebrate Community Door’s 10th birthday.

Community Door was established as a gateway for community service organisations in Queensland to access key information and resources to help them in all aspects of their operations and keep them up to date with what’s happening...

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Queensland Council of Social Service

The Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) recently released a new report revealing the interrelated nature of poverty and disadvantage, highlighting key areas in Queensland which need to be addressed with better targeted programs, policies and investment.

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