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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This QCOSS webinar will examine the detail around engaging and working with interpreters in Queensland. Topics covered: What is a ‘certified’ interpreter? The benefits of engaging a certified interpreter Assessing the need for an interpreter How to engage and work with interpreters with some tips...
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Queensland Government media release The Queensland Government introduced legislation into Parliament on 14 June aiming to keep young people out of watch houses and detention while maintaining community safety. The Youth Justice and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2019 supports the government’s...
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Energy Made Easy is a free, independent website run by the Australian Energy Regulator. It can help you – whether you’re a consumer or a small business – to find an energy plan that suits your needs. If you live in New South Wales, South Australia, South East Queensland, Tasmania or the Australian...
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The Celebrating Multicultural Queensland (CMQ) program is an annual program that provides funding towards multicultural events and projects that engage people from culturally diverse backgrounds, including people who arrived in Australia as migrants or refugees, people seeking asylum, members of...
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With the aim of empowering the next generation of not-for-profit leaders, the Australian Scholarships Foundation has joined forces with McKinsey & Company to offer scholarships to McKinsey Academy’s Young Leaders Forum this year. Emerging leaders are operating within an increasingly complex and...
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This interactive, 6-week (18-hour) online course will enhance your clinical skills and evidence-based knowledge to serve in disaster-affected areas. As a participant, you will learn the history, theories, and interventions associated with disaster mental health counselling, with a special focus on...
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Refugee Week is Australia’s peak annual activity to raise awareness about the issues affecting refugees and celebrate the positive contributions made by refugees to Australian society. Originally celebrated in 1986, Refugee Week coincides with World Refugee Day (20 June). Refugee Week 2019 runs...
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World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) is commemorated each year on 15 June to highlight one of the worst manifestations of ageism and inequality in our society, elder abuse. Elder abuse is any act which causes harm to an older person and is carried out by someone they know and trust such as a...
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Queensland Government media release Eliminating elder abuse will be a key focus of the 2019-20 State Budget, with the Palaszczuk Government reaffirming its commitment to respond to, and prevent, the abuse of the state’s seniors through ongoing investment. The continued focus on elder abuse forms...
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Abuse and neglect has adverse effects on the social, emotional, psychological, and cognitive development of children. Many children benefit from therapeutic interventions to address these impacts. The Child Proection Practitioners Association of Queensland (CPPAQ) will present this practice paper...

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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, 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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Author: 
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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Author: 
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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Reconciliation Australia

Reconciliation must live in the hearts, minds and actions of all Australians as we move forward, creating a nation strengthened by respectful relationships between the wider Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Make reconciliation part of your story and your...

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