We are QCOSS (Queensland Council of Social Service), Queensland’s peak body for the social service sector.
Our vision is to achieve equality, opportunity and wellbeing for every person, in every community.
For 60 years, we’ve been the champions for people experiencing poverty and disadvantage in communities across the breadth of Queensland – from Torres Strait to the Tweed, from Burketown to Burleigh – in metropolitan, regional and remote areas.
We create positive social change through our work in advocacy, policy development, engaging and empowering the social service sector and communities. We’re committed to self determination and opportunity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Our vision is for equality, opportunity and wellbeing for every person, in every community. We believe that every person in Queensland – regardless of where they come from, who they pray to, their gender, who they love, how or where they live – deserves to live a life of equality, opportunity and wellbeing.
We are a conduit for change. We bring people together to help solve the big social issues faced by people in Queensland, building strength in numbers to amplify our voice. We connect communities, our members, the sector, other peak bodies, government and business, collaborating with our diverse stakeholders to create social change.
QCOSS acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the original inhabitants of Australia and recognises these unique cultures as part of the cultural heritage of all Australians. We support their right to self-determination. We pay our respect to the Elders of this land; past, present and future.
We’re driven by an aspiration for a better future for every person, in every Queensland community.
Our strategic plan
We have a strategic plan that outlines the actions we will take from 2019 – 2023 to achieve our vision.
QCOSS is committed to self-determination of our First Nations People. Our Reconciliation Action Plan outlines how we do that.
Our annual report
Each year our annual report provides a comprehensive summary of our achievements and the work we have been doing.
QCOSS (Queensland Council of Social Service) is a company limited by guarantee. This is our constitution.
The QCOSS Board of Directors is elected by the QCOSS membership.
Our staff have a diverse skill set to deliver the broad ranging QCOSS work.
Honorary Life Members
QCOSS Honorary Life Members span decades and have contributed greatly to the sector.
Working with the National Councils of Social Service
QCOSS works alongside the National COSS (Councils of Social Service) Network, together using our expertise and reach, we work to support people who experience poverty, disadvantage and inequality in our communities.
Collaborating with Community Service Peaks in Queensland
Queensland’s Community Service Peaks are well positioned to use this collaborative capacity to support ambitious systemic reform across government, community and the private sector. Collectively we are more and can deliver more than if we stand alone.
QCOSS is supported by the vice-regal patronage of His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC, Governor of Queensland. His Excellency accepted the role in 2015 when he was appointed Governor, in acknowledgment of the vital state-wide work QCOSS does to reduce poverty and disadvantage.
The Governor is committed to enhancing social cohesion and encouraging Queenslanders to build thriving, equitable communities. In an address at Government House, His Excellency noted the extensive range of areas where QCOSS is implementing practical, outcomes-based programs – from domestic and family violence to homelessness to the unmet demand for services for our culturally and ethnically diverse communities.
Together with QCOSS, His Excellency, the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC, Governor of Queensland is confident that the vision of a Queensland free of poverty and disadvantage can be achieved if, together, we acknowledge and confront these challenges with courage, commitment and compassion. (Full speech on the Government House website)