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.

Automation, ethics and society is a public symposium hosted by the University of Queensland on 21 November 2019. Join thought leaders, educators, businesses and humanists to discuss the issues that will inform policy agendas for governments, universities, businesses and communities to navigate a...
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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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Queensland Government media release The path to treaty in Queensland takes another step forward this week, with statewide consultation sessions set to commence in Cairns today (Thursday 17 October). Cairns will host the first of 26 sessions to be held in every corner of the state to engage...
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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 Government media release The Palaszczuk Government has listened to victims and survivors to create Queensland’s first ever Sexual Violence Prevention Framework. Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence Di Farmer said Prevent. Support. Believe. Queensland’s Framework to...
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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...
More than 2.5 million people are currently not online in Australia and four million have limited digital skills. Get Online Week, 14-20 October 2019, is bringing together partners, volunteers and communities to ensure everyone can take part in an increasingly digital world. Events are taking place...
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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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A policy and advocacy two-day intensive workshop will be in Cairns this week, 16 October to 17 October 2019. The workshop, by organisation For Purpose, will provide professionals with the opportunity to work alongside like-minded individuals to develop the critical skills required to navigate the...

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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...
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...
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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Author: 
Samuel Mortimer

In Australia more than three million people, or 13 per cent of the population, are living below the poverty line of $433 a week (ACOSS). Many of the people affected are living in deep poverty - an average of $135 a...

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Samuel Mortimer, QCOSS

Being young should allow you a certain freedom to freely explore and embrace a newfound independence as you look toward that future. Unfortunately, as rosy this outlook may be, Queensland has a number of issues affecting youth.

According to a Queensland Government youth...

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Author: 
Sam Mortimer, Queensland Council of Social Service

Are you looking to build on your existing skills or finesse your knowledge in aspects of the community services sector during the new year?

Community Door's eTraining suite offers a number of free courses you can complete at your own...

Author: 
Sam Mortimer, Queensland Council of Social Service

Are you looking for suggestions for easy and inexpensive ways to enjoy the New Year break? We’ve compiled a list of our favourite free things to do around the state, great causes to support, books to read and where to find a helping hand if you need it.

Free things to do...

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Author: 
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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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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Louise Mullins, Queensland Council of Social Service

Because of Her, We Can! – is the theme for NAIDOC Week 2018, which will be held nationally between 8 and 15 July.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have played, and continue to play, active and significant roles at community, local, state and national levels.

Sadly,...

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Sharon Daley, Queensland Council of Social Service

Did you know that every minute 20 people leave everything they have behind in order to escape war, persecution or terror?

The United Nations has marked 20 June as World Refugee Day and it is on this day that, 'we commemorate the strength, courage and perseverance of millions of refugees...

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