About Us

 About QCOSS

The Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) is the state-wide peak body for individuals and organisations working in the social and community service sector.

For almost 60 years, QCOSS has been a leading force for social change to build social and economic wellbeing for all. With members from throughout Queensland, QCOSS undertakes informed advocacy and supports a strong community service sector.

QCOSS’ key activities focus on providing effective policy advice, working to strengthen responsive community services and having productive partnerships with the community sector, government, private sector, academia, media and the broader community. This work is done with a Queensland free of poverty and disadvantage front of mind.

QCOSS, together with our members, provides a crucial advocacy role in a broad number of areas including:

  • service practice and reform
  • homelessness and housing
  • early intervention and prevention
  • cost of living pressures including low income energy concessions and improved consumer protections in essential services, and
  • early childhood support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and culturally and linguistically diverse peoples.

QCOSS is part of the national network of Councils of Social Service lending support and gaining essential insight to national and other state issues.

QCOSS is supported by the vice-regal patronage of His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey ACGovernor of Queensland.

Join QCOSS here.


Our strategic plan

Our vision A Queensland free of poverty and disadvantage.

Our purpose To be the leading force for social change to eliminate poverty and disadvantage.

Our values 

QCOSS will always act:

courageously, leading  the campaign  to end  poverty and disadvantage

collaboratively, working together with our members and our stakeholders

creatively, exploring better ways to achieve our vision

knowledgeably, using sound evidence to inform our work

inclusively, respecting the diversity of our communities and sector.

We underpin all of this by behaving with integrity.

We recognise the traditional custodians of the land, and the importance of self-determination and an end to disadvantage for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. QCOSS strongly supports reconciliation. 

Our key result and strategic intent areas

Effective policy advice - a policy agenda to eliminate poverty and disadvantage through informed advocacy

Responsive community services - innovative, effective, valued community services

Productive partnerships - mutually beneficial relationships with our stakeholders

A thriving organisation - a strong, sustainable and effective organisation

QCOSS Patron
QCOSS is supported by the vice-regal patronage of His  Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC, 
 Governor of Queensland







Join us

By joining QCOSS, individuals and organisations are helping to build a fairer Queensland. Members contribute to QCOSS’s advocacy work as well as inform, support and strengthen sector development projects. QCOSS Members also receive a variety of member benefits.   For more information and to join click here...

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Advertise with QCOSS

There are many opportunities to advertise with us. QCOSS' enewsletter - Focal point - reaches more than 2,000 mailboxes,  we have a well-visited website, and we hold a conference every year. For further information refer to the advertising, sponsorship and endorsement policy. Contact us via email


We value feedback from our members and from interested members of the community. Feedback can be provided by contacting QCOSS directly or via our online feedback form.

Of course we recognise that from time to time people may wish to submit a complaint.  Our complaints process allows us to collect and analyse information as a further way for us to improve our services. Download our Complaints Guide.