Policy templates have been developed by QCOSS to assist organisations with implementing the Human Services Quality Framework (HSQF). The Human Services Quality Standards (the standards) set a benchmark for the quality of service provision. Each standard is supported by a set of performance indicators which outline what an organisation will be assessed against in order to show they meet the standard.
The templates provide a way for organisations to check whether their existing policies and procedures meet all the criteria of the standards or to draft new policies and procedures if needed.
Find an overview of the Human Services Quality Framework and additional resources including assessment user guides on the Queensland Government website.
Using the templates
The HSQF standards are designed to apply to a range of service types and it does not prescribe specific policies. In order to be compliant organisations need to demonstrate they have guiding documents (policies, procedures, plans etc), records, staff awareness and client understanding around each of the indicators.
Your organisation may reuse, adapt and build upon these templates, and include any branding for your organisation as required – no acknowledgement of QCOSS is necessary. Please note, these policy templates respond to the indicators but are not intended to be exhaustive. Depending on how your organisation works some policies may make more sense if they are combined into one. Other areas may be complex and more manageable if divided into several separate policies.
The policy templates sit beneath the relevant standard, below. Please note, some policy templates sit beneath multiple standards – where this applies you only need to write one policy to meet all applicable standards.
Read the Policy and Procedure Guidelines to help you use the templates.
Please note: QCOSS is in the process of reviewing templates to incorporate updates contained within HSQF Version 7.0, recently released by Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors. The available templates still reflect HSQF Version 6.0.