Sector building is about supporting a service system that reflects the community in which it operates.
A strong, capable community services sector is critical to build inclusion and ensure equality, opportunity and wellbeing for every person in Queensland.
QCOSS is committed to working in partnership with the community services sector in Queensland to deliver innovative, sustainable and more targeted services to better respond to the needs of their communities – particularly in the rural and remote areas of Queensland.
We endeavour to use our knowledge, skills and resources to help build the capacity of community organisations to deliver on their vision and mission and ensure the experience and expertise of the sector is built into our shared policy and advocacy work.
As the state’s peak body for the community sector, QCOSS is uniquely positioned to support sector building across Queensland. We support good quality practice, systems and governance; build networks and opportunities for partnerships and collaboration; work with the community services sector to promote social justice; support adaptive and responsive service delivery through co-designed, citizen-led practice; offer and share relevant training opportunities; raise awareness of relevant information; and build capacity and identify opportunities to collaboratively advocate.
QCOSS is committed to ensuring that community service organisations stay informed and connected so they can play an active role in helping to shape the future of the sector, and the services and programs on offer.
QCOSS’ CAMS program, funded by the Department of Local Government, Racing and Multicultural Affairs, supports increased social connectedness, participation and access for community members from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds. As part of this work, QCOSS supports the Queensland Access to Interpreters Working Group (QAIWG) to ensure greater and more effective use of interpreter services throughout Queensland.
Community Door is an online gateway for community-managed organisations in Queensland to access key information to assist in all aspects of the operation of their service.
Hosted by QCOSS on behalf of the Queensland Government, the site provides up-to-date information about government reforms, free e-training modules and a whole lot more.
QCOSS provides a range of flexible supports to assist community services to implement the HSQF. This includes helping organisations understand the standards and applying them to their services, implementing a quality system, and preparing for quality assessment activities.
This assistance is targeted at organisations funded under Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors and Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women. We also provide general advice to all QCOSS members.
There are three separate but integrated programs under the Rural and Remote project. Across all programs, we have worked with approved early childhood education and care services in more than 60 rural and remote communities across Queensland to support students to progress through their qualifications, build their capacity and confidence as educators, while ensuring services are meeting legislative requirements.
This project will conclude in June 2019.
For the past three years, QCOSS has partnered with the Queensland Government to deliver webinars and workshops across the state to help community-based organisations respond effectively to funding applications for the Skilling Queenslanders for Work (SQW) initiative.
While the workshops have focussed on Skilling Queenslanders for Work, the tips learned can help with other funding proposals or grant applications.
The Human Rights Act for Queensland was passed by Queensland Parliament in 2018.
QCOSS and community service peaks in Queensland will continue to ask the Queensland Government to commit to implementing legislation as a critical step in providing people with the confidence in our system to stand up for all our rights.