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.

With the commencement of the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission, there are important changes to reporting responsibilities of service providers especially in relation to the use of restrictive practices. The Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors has developed information...
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Queensland Government media release Queenslanders and families in need of extra help over the festive season will be able to access Emergency Relief support such as food vouchers and third-party payments, thanks to ongoing Palaszczuk Government funding. Eighty-three Emergency Relief services will...
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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 Queensland Consumers Association says many Queensland consumers could save hundreds of dollars a year by using fuel price apps and websites to compare fuel prices, and switching to cheaper servos. Association spokesperson, Ian Jarratt, says fuel prices can vary greatly between servos, even in a...
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Queensland Government media release Queenslanders are being encouraged to celebrate the contributions of volunteers in making their communities more inclusive as part of International Volunteer Day today (5 December). This year, the theme for International Volunteer Day is Volunteer for an...
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The Human Rights Month speaker series was aimed at providing those in the public sector with an opportunity to hear from experts on the Queensland Human Rights Act 2019. Queensland Human Rights Commission has recordings of the speaker series on its website. Sessions include 'What is the right to...
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The Australian Government's $60 million Safe Places Emergency Accommodation capital grant round is now open. Safe Places will provide new or expanded emergency and crisis accommodation for women and children experiencing domestic and family violence. Organisations interested in applying for Safe...
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CCIQ ecoBiz is a free program, funded by the Queensland Government, to help organisations save money across their energy, water and waste bills. With the help of the ecoBiz coaches' advice you will be able to develop and implement an action plan to help your organisation save money and increase...
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Queensland Government media release Disaster preparation is set to become more inclusive in Queensland, thanks to the launch of new risk reduction resources to help people with disability be prepared for when disasters strike. Minister for Communities and Minister for Disability Services and...
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Applications for the Celebrating Multicultural Queensland program funding round will close on 6 December 2019. This funding round is for multicultural projects that create pathways to participation for people from culturally diverse backgrounds, including people who arrived in Australia as migrants...

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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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Sam Mortimer, QCOSS

The festive season is a time of relaxation and rest for many - with quality family time 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...

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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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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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