What is the community 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. Non-government services are delivered by commercial and not-for-profit organisations.

Is the community service sector for you?

Workers in the social service sector are expected to display sensitivity, a concern for others, good communication skills, and a non-judgmental approach to issues faced by individuals and communities. Those who work with children in a regulated sector (as defined by the Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian Act 2000) are required to undergo a suitability check for working with children and be the holder of a current Blue Card. Refer to the Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian Act 2000 for information.

Workforce and training resources

In this section you can find a number of resources on what it's like to work in the social service sector, career opportunities, courses and training you can undertake, and details of free online professional development training. Use the left hand "Workforce and Training" menu to find the information you are looking for.

If you haven't already taken a look, browse the Community Door eTraining courses - they are all free, online and accessible to anyone. Topics include strengthening NGOs, governance, collaboration and cultural awareness.

Justice Connect runs regular webinars on all aspects of managing a community organisation. You can register for upcoming webinars or watch a recording of previous webinars.

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Do you work with and support families and children? Find out when you can share information with other agencies to help ensure children’s safety and wellbeing. Check out the new Information Sharing Guidelines for practical support and guidance to help understand your obligations when sharing...
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Not-for-profit Law runs regular training on a range of common legal issues faced by community organisations and individuals within them. The training is aimed at small to medium not-for-profit organisations. It is presented by Not-for-profit Law lawyers and guest presenters. Have a look at their...
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Brisbane City Council supports community, social enterprise and not-for-profit organisations by providing access to free professional advice to assist with their growth and sustainability. It established the Inclusive Brisbane Professional Advice Alliance in 2013 to provide pro bono high-level...
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Join the National Disability Service (NDS) and Workability Qld for a breakfast event with author Neil Eastwood. Neil Eastwood has written the book 'Saving Social Care: How to find the more of the best frontline employees and keep the ones you have'. Across Australia, developing a workforce that...
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Queensland Government media release A new app that connects Queensland foster and kinship carers with important information about children in their care is being launched as part of Queensland’s Child Protection Week. Carer Connect was developed after feedback from foster carers, who said...
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The NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission is a new independent agency established to improve the quality and safety of NDIS supports and services. They regulate the NDIS market and handle complaints about the quality and safety of NDIS supports and services. This means there will be changes for...
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Community Legal Centres Queensland members provide free legal help to anyone who needs it. Their centres are located throughout Queensland and provide specialist and general legal services. They have recently produced a range of posters and postcards promoting their services. If the people...
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Community, health and education workers are invited to attend a free legal information webinar about how Legal Aid Queensland can help your clients with legal protection from violent relationships. The webinar will be delivered by Jason Garrick, family lawyer from our Violence Prevention and Women’...
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Queensland Government media release The first sod has been turned for the $3.6 million Yarrabilba Family, Children and Community Hub, creating 12 jobs during construction. Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Cameron Dick said the State Government had fully...
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The Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors has been established as a stand-alone department within the Queensland Government. The Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors, formally commenced operating in its new structure last week with central office staff...

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Shelley Dunlop, QCOSS

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Anne Curson, Queensland Council of Social Service

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