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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Around one million families are set to receive free child care during the coronavirus pandemic under a plan from the Federal Government intended to deliver hip pocket relief and help the early childhood education and care sector make it through to the other side of this crisis. Under the plan, the...
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Youth Affairs Network Queensland (YANQ) is asking for responses to undertake informed advocacy on issues impacting the youth sector and lobby for extra supports needed during the COVID-19 crisis. If you wish to raise various concerns about continuity of service to marginalised young people, have...
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Queensland Government media release A Care Army of professionals and volunteers will rally around Queensland’s seniors, while a new telephone hotline is also being launched, to help ensure the wellbeing of older people during the Coronavirus pandemic. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the risk of...
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Maxima is a not-for-profit community organisation here to help people with medical conditions, disabilities or injuries and out of work either get back into employment directly or provide them with upskilling to increase their employability. In the current COVID-19 crisis, mental health, anxiety...
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Arm yourself with the best top legal tips for running a community organisation. Join Justice Connect for a webinar that will unpack some key areas of law for not-for-profits. It will breakdown the most popular legal resources and training sessions into a bite-sized, easy to follow overview of...
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Logan Financial Literacy Action Group and Legal Aid Queensland have produced a series of factsheets to help people to manage their money. The factsheets answer common questions around topics including: Insurance (PDF) Pawning items (PDF) Small amount loans (PDF) Your credit report (PDF) Buying a...
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Queenslanders with Disability Network (QDN) is working with the Queensland Government to ensure Queenslanders with disability can get the information, resources and tools they need to prepare for this evolving COVID-19 pandemic. They have released a suite of resources and tools to give people with...
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Red Cross Australia has assembled a helpful guide to help you speak to children and young people about the COVID-19 pandemic. Like adults, children are navigating something they have never experienced before. Finding the right way to talk to them about COVID-19 can help protect children and reduce...
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To assist charities through the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, emPower have announced that their "Let's Get Digital" Not-For-Profit (NFP) Workshop will be run as a one-day virtual online workshop. No matter where you are located in Australia or overseas, you will be able to access this pioneering...
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Australian Government media release (Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash) The Government has already put in place flexible job seeking arrangements as a result of the impact of COVID-19. All Mutual Obligation requirements have been suspended until 31 March to help ease congestion on the MyGov website...

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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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Samuel Mortimer, QCOSS

Workplaces across Australia are innovating in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic - with many transitioning to operating in a virtual environment as employees begin to work from home.

It can be a learning curve for some people working from home for the first time, but...

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Simone Hockins

The beginning of a new year can be an expensive time for families in Queensland. Having to fork out extra money during the back-to-school period, and bills arriving not long after the festive season can lead to problem debt. If you or someone you know is having spiralling debt issues, it’s...

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Samuel Mortimer

Are you looking to build on your existing skills or finesse your knowledge in aspects of the community services sector during the new year? Late last year we refreshed and updated our most popular courses on the Community Door...

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Sam Mortimer, QCOSS

The festive season is a time for relaxation and rest for many. Quality family time is front of mind as another year draws to a close. But the rapid approach of a new year can bring additional pressures as a whirlwind of overdue tasks, bills, or other financial obligations come together before 25...

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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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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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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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