The community service sector is vital to supporting resilient and thriving Queensland communities. From providing places of connection, to supporting the fabric of communities in crisis, community organisations are there when Queenslanders need them the most. Our sector is ensures that equality, opportunity, and wellbeing is a reality for all Queenslanders.
The community services sector is part of the largest employer group in Queensland. There are more than 131,000 dedicated staff working across more than 8,500 charities. Our essential work is supported by more than 328,000 volunteers.
With the 2032 Olympics on the horizon, the coming decade presents an invaluable opportunity to create a legacy where all Queenslanders have access to new opportunities. The economic transformation that the Olympics brings our state should ensure that no Queenslander is left behind, that gender inequality is addressed and that everyone has a roof over their head.
The Queensland government must invest in strategic, long-term initiatives that reduces homelessness and inequality. These investments should aim to strengthen the community services sector, end the housing crisis, bridge the digital divide, expand low-income households’ access to the renewable energy transformation and eliminate gender inequality and the gender pay gap.