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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Queensland Government media release Families and communities across the state’s 33 fully drought-declared and four partially drought-declared local government areas will be supported with a grant funding package being delivered by the Palaszczuk Government. Minister for Communities Coralee O’Rourke...
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Queensland Government media release Queenslanders can now apply for a share in $250,000 towards National Reconciliation Week 2020 celebrations as part of the Palaszczuk Government’s biggest round of reconciliation grants. Deputy Premier, Treasurer and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait...
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The Inclusive Communities and You! event will showcase some of the proactive and innovative ways people in our community are pushing for a more inclusive community. The event, organised by Carers Queensland, is part of Social Inclusion Week (23 November to 1 December 2019). Attendees at the event...
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Relationships Australia Queensland, in collaboration with researchers at the University of Queensland and Australian National University, is trialling a group program that aims to increase social connections among older people living in the community. This program, called Groups for Health and...
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Queensland Government media release African Festival Townsville, Brisbane’s Luminous Lantern Parade, the Burdekin Cultural Fair, the Toowoomba Languages and Cultures Festival and the Mareeba Multicultural Festival are some of the 165 multicultural celebrations in 2020 that will share in more than $...
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Queensland Government media release Applications are now open for a share in $150,000 in grants for community organisations to host events during Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month in May 2020. Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence Di Farmer said grants of up to $5,...
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Queensland Government media release Financial assistance and support services are now available to residents in parts of the Livingstone and Noosa Shire local government areaswho have been directly affected by bushfires over recent days. Communities Minister Coralee O’Rourke said the severe...
Queensland Government media release Queensland’s business and community sectors will present a united front against domestic and family violence later this month at the Palaszczuk Government’s Not Now, Not Ever. Together Breakfast . One month on from the delivery of all 140 recommendations of the...
The Queensland Government has committed to a new way of working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders. Path to Treaty is a commitment from the Queensland Government to begin the journey towards negotiated treaties with First Nations Queenslanders. The development of Queensland's...
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Did you know that Blue Card Services offers events throughout Queensland to help the community understand how the blue card system works? There are opportunities to attend these events throughout the year. Types of events include: Community hub - general information sessions for organisations and...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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