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 more than 55 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 AC, Governor of Queensland.
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.
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 is supported by the vice-regal patronage of His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC, Governor of Queensland
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...
Read more about who we are and how we work:
- QCOSS Board Members
- QCOSS Constitution
- Read our Reconciliation Action Plan
- What it's like working at QCOSS
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. We also maintain a consultants register which provide services to or consult directly with community sector organisations. Obtain an application form for the consultants register and for further information refer to the advertising, sponsorship and endorsement policy. Contact us via email
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.