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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People in Logan who are struggling to make ends meet, or who just want financial advice, are invited to attend a range of free financial literacy sessions during the Logan Money Talks week of action from 22 to 27 July. Organised by Logan Financial Literacy Action Group (FLAG), the week is open to...
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Queensland Government media release The Palaszczuk Government is offering a share of $150,000 to the organisers of events and activities across the state that recognise the achievements and contributions of people with disability. Minister for Disability Services Coralee O'Rourke announced that...
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Need help writing successful grant or funding applications? Looking for tips to make your funding applications stand out? Want to know more about Skilling Queenslanders for Work and how to apply for funding? Come along to one of the tender writing workshops being run by QCOSS. They will help you to...
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Specialist domestic and family violence service managers and staff are warmly invited to attend a regional forum introducing the new Queensland domestic and family violence workforce service. The new service was announced by the Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence in May, in...
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Community Services Industry Alliance's (CSIA) Workforce Summit will explore how the Community Services Industry, government and industry leaders can work together through strategy, governance, reviewing industry insights and working in new ways to deliver better workforce solutions. Workforce...
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The Anti Discrimination Commission is now known as the Queensland Human Rights Commission (QHRC). They are running training sessions around Queensland's new Human Rights Act throughout the second half of 2019, in locations across the state. Workshop topics include: Business benefits of inclusion...
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The Minister for Disability Services Coralee O'Rourke recently launched Queenslanders with Disability Network's (QDN) new initiative QDeNgage , which is providing consultancy, engagement, training and speakers for Queensland businesses and organisations. QDN recognises that by involving people with...
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$63.6 million over four years and $18.7 million per annum ongoing has been committed to continue Early Childhood Early Development Programs (ECDPs) for Queensland children with disability from birth to five years old. The continuation of ECDPs confirms the Queensland Government's commitment to give...
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Queensland Government media release Central Queensland communities will get a helping hand to recover from last year’s bushfires with $1.1 million in grants awarded for community recovery and resilience projects. The grants have been jointly funded by the Commonwealth-Queensland Disaster Recovery...
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Queensland Government media release Applications for a share in $500,000 worth of grants to tackle cyberbullying have been extended to 21 July. Minister for Youth Di Farmer said grants between $500 and $1500 for young Queenslanders aged 10 – 17 years and grants of $1500 – $5000 for community...

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Author: 
Ula Cavanagh, REFOCUS

REFOCUS Chief Operating Officer Ula Cavanagh was determined to use the Human Services Quality Framework (HSQF) to make the organisation shine.

Based on the Sunshine Coast, Moreton Bay and Gympie, REFOCUS specialises in providing services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families...

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Author: 
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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Author: 
Sharon Daley, Queensland Council of Social Service

The change that has occurred in result of the successful #MeToo and #TimesUp movements has surprised many. It is hoped now that these movements will serve as a catalyst to greater gender parity around the world.

The World Economic Forum's 2017 Global Gender Gap Report...

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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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Author: 
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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December is the perfect month to do some good by helping those most in need over the festive season.

Countless families are struggling at Christmastime and the pressure on them is often more challenging than any other time of year.

By sparing your time as a volunteer you could ease...

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Author: 
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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Author: 
Emma Garton, Queensland Council of Social Service

Transition to Independence Month (T2I Month), held annually in November, aims to raise awareness about the needs of young people as they transition from out-of-home care to independence. 

This year’s theme Road to Independence… Journey to success aims to promote the idea that a...

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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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