The Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) held its inaugural meeting on 1 September 1958. It brought together a group of passionate organisations, professional bodies and churches who believed that combining their voices in calling for prevention and early intervention services would be more effective than continuing to advocate alone.
As a peak body and member-based non-profit, QCOSS encourages and supports individual organisations to uphold their unique missions within the community sector, while actively contributing their voice and knowledge. Throughout its long history, QCOSS has demonstrated its abilities, its innovative approaches and its practicality in advocating for Queenslanders experiencing poverty and disadvantage.
We continue to listen, engage and collaborate with communities, our peers, and other experts to facilitate positive social change.
We actively build the sector and strongly support the valuable services that community organisations provide.
Through our place-based engagement work, we harness the power of communities for local solutions and local ownership. We listen and engage with people with lived experience and share their success stories of what can be achieved with improved circumstances. By bringing stories to the forefront, we aim to increase understanding and connection within communities and beyond.