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What is Community Work?

Community work can mean a range of things:

being involved in local or neighbourhood groups or associations
being a volunteer or unpaid worker
being involved in a non-profit, not-for-profit, or charitable organisation or association
doing public interest or public benefit work
doing work for a “cause” or a “calling”.

For the purposes of this web site, community work involves work done by community based, non-profit or not-for-profit associations, whether they are incorporated or unincorporated.

It is important to note that both employed staff and unpaid volunteers do community work.

Community work occurs across a range of services including information and advice, counselling, advocacy and support — targeting an equally diverse range of people and areas of interest.

The Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) describes this part of social activity as the "community sector".


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What are Community Organisations?
Community organisations are formal or informal groups of people based in or around a “community” and are organised in some way, usually having some...


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Non-profit organisation
Non-profit refers to an organisation that does not distribute any money or income it has (or receives) to its members. In this way it differs from a...


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Not-for-profit organisation, corporation
Not-for-profit refers to an organisation that is established to provide public services, which may charge fees but still does not take the extra step...


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Non Government Organisations (NGOs)
Wikipedia: "A non-governmental organisation (NGO) is a non-profit group or association that acts outside of institutionalized political structures...


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Unincorporated association
An unincorporated association is a group of persons. The association has no separate identity from its members. The association is no more than...


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Incorporated association
An incorporated association is where an association of persons, such as a group, become a separate body under law by following certain processes and...


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Companies, corporations
Some community organisations actually decide to incorporate as a company rather than an incorporated association. The most common example is the...


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Aboriginal corporations
Aboriginal corporations are created under Commonwealth law under the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006 (CATSI Act),...


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Community-based
Community based refers to a range of factors, including:


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What is the 'Legal Entity'
Something very important to bear in mind is that the community organisation is the legal entity that provides community work. This means the XYZ...


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Unfunded or Funded
Well of course funding matters, particularly if you don't have any, or enough. For the purposes of this website, community organisations include...