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Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) is Queensland’s peak body for the community service sector. Our vision is to achieve 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.

QCOSS is a conduit for change. We bring people together to help solve the big social issues faced by people in Queensland. Our advocacy and policy development, capacity building work and engagement with the social service sector and the community is all geared to achieving positive social change for Queensland.

To achieve our vision, we work hard to connect communities, our members, the sector, other peak bodies, government and business.

By working together, we amplify our collective voice and achieve the results our community needs.

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A Recovery for All Queenslanders

The economic challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic means more Queenslanders than ever are under financial pressure. QCOSS is calling for the Queensland Government to commit to:

  • a game-changing investment in social housing
  • investment in energy efficiency and solar energy for low-income households
  • a Community Sector Resilience Fund to financially support the sector’s response to COVID-19.

No Interest Loan Scheme

QCOSS welcomes the Queensland Government’s 2020 budget commitment to deliver $4 million over two years to employ 20 NGO workers to help people access the No Interest Loan Scheme. This commitment came after a QCOSS campaign to promote the financial wellbeing of Queenslanders during the economic impacts of COVID-19.


Income support measures need to be maintained at a level above the poverty line. We want to see a permanent increase to JobSeeker so that there is a proper social safety net in place for Queenslanders.

Raise the Age

QCOSS is working with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Service (ATSILS) and Youth Advocacy Centre (and the Human Rights Law Centre nationally) to lead the Queensland-focused arm of the national campaign to raise the age of criminal responsibility to 14 years old.

QCOSS is also an active partner in:

  • Make Renting Fair in Queensland Alliance
  • Family Matters campaign
  • Stop the Debt Alliance – a campaign to stop unscrupulous lending practices and to save responsible lending laws.

As the Queensland community services sector’s peak body, QCOSS delivers a year-round research and advocacy program to deliver change on structural social issues and to promote the work and needs of the sector.

QCOSS offers members a range of opportunities to inform and engage with our advocacy agenda.

Community Services CEO Network (Quarterly)

Bringing together community services leaders to identify issues impacting the sector, share perspectives and shape solutions.

Policy Networks (Quarterly)

Contribute your experience and perspective to shape the QCOSS research and advocacy agenda. Topic areas include:

  • Living Affordability
  • Housing and Homelessness
  • Women’s Equality
  • Essential Services Consultative Committee

Research and Evaluation Network (Quarterly)

Collaboration and knowledge sharing for research and evaluation professionals to more effectively use community sector resources and data.

Webinars and online forums

Hear from the leading voices in our sector for analysis of immediate and long-term issues.

Budget Breakfast (June 2021)

Annual Conference (November 2021)

The community service sector’s premiere annual networking event.

QCOSS membership introduces you to an industry of professionals, striving to make a measurable difference to their clients and their communities.

QCOSS runs a series of professional development programs exploring the latest developments in service delivery, management and governance. You not only have access to these programs but the opportunity to shape and influence what’s on offer.

QCOSS In Conversation

This event series connects the Queensland community service sector with Queensland’s politicians and policy makers to explore leading social issues and how to affect change.

Community of Practice – Place-based Work

This Community of Practice brings together service providers to explore how placed-based approaches can collaboratively and innovatively address the needs of individual communities, allowing those community to implement local solutions for local issues.

Community of Practice – Human Rights, Housing and Homelessness

This Community of Practice explores how a rights-based approach can transform the delivery of housing services and benefit clients experiencing housing stress or homelessness.

Quality Collaboration Network

The Quality Collaboration Network is a peer-led network for those involved in implementing the Human Services Quality Framework within their organisation. It provides an opportunity to share experiences, information and resources on audit and quality matters, as well as identifying common issues across the sector to inform system updates to government.

Involvement is open to quality, policy or compliance risk professionals working in community services non-government organisations in Queensland.

Human Rights in Action

A webinar series exploring new developments in the implementation of the Human Rights Act in Queensland and building the sector’s understanding and capacity to implement the Act.

Join us

In joining QCOSS, you are joining a community dedicated to delivering equality, opportunity and wellbeing for every person, in every community.

You will have the opportunity to shape our agenda as we advocate for better outcomes for Queenslanders and lead the campaign for social change.

QCOSS membership is open to

Individuals: people who work directly in/with the community service sector or are interested in progressing the vision of QCOSS

Organisations: a not-for-profit and non-government organisation engaged or with an interest in some form of social, community or health service or social welfare

Associate membership is offered to organisations falling outside the definition. Associate members receive the same benefits however are not eligible to vote or be appointed as a director of QCOSS.

All memberships must be approved by the QCOSS Board.

Cost of membership (effective 14 June 2021)

Join a community of social services professionals and gain access to sector-leading professional development and resources

QCOSS membership is the most cost-effective way to attend any of our events.

  • Exclusive and free access to training and professional development opportunities
  • Free attendance at events that profile leading voices in our sector (usually $80 per event)
  • Generous member-only discounts for the QCOSS annual conference
  • Access to QCOSS research, reports and analysis
  • Conduit e-newsletter delivering sector news and events straight to your inbox
  • The opportunity to stand for the QCOSS Board and AGM voting rights
Individual membership Cost
$80 annually ($10 unwaged membership)

Shape our advocacy for a better Queensland and a stronger Queensland community services sector

  • Invitation to join the QCOSS CEO Network (not-for-profit members only)
  • Invitation to join the QCOSS Policy Networks (not-for-profit members only)
  • Invitation to join the Quality Collaboration Network (open to quality, policy or compliant risk professionals working in community services non-government organisations in Queensland)
  • Opportunity for staff to join QCOSS Communities of Practice
  • Access to QCOSS research, reports and analysis
  • Exclusive and free access to training and professional development opportunities for your staff
  • Free-for-members-only staff attendance at events that profile leading voices in our sector
  • Member-only discounts for staff for the QCOSS annual conference
  • Unlimited copies of Conduit e-newsletter, delivering sector news and events straight to your inbox
  • Free marketing and advertising opportunities on the QCOSS website (usually $99 per listing)

The cost of organisation membership is scaled according to your organisation’s size.

Annual Income Cost
Less than $100,000 (not available for government/council) $100
$100,000 – $500,000 $525
$500,000 – $1.5 million $830
$1.5 million – $5 million $1,350
$5 million – $20 million $2,150
$20 million – $50 million $2,850
More than $50 million $6,300
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