QCOSS is the Queensland state-wide peak body for individuals and organisations working in the social and community service sector and a voice for people experiencing poverty and disadvantage. By working with communities during the last 60 years, QCOSS has drawn upon a range of strategies and tools to empower communities, build better service systems, and promote social inclusion and citizen governance.
QCOSS supports locally led change in communities and supports place-based approaches through partnering with organisations in the region to form part of a ‘container for change’. Our approach is to build on existing strengths in a community and support the development of local leadership that can progress the work.
We are physically based in Brisbane and our approach is inherently shaped by our perspective as an organisation and as workers that are often external to the regions we work in. We acknowledge there are both benefits and disadvantages from being external to regions outside Brisbane.