August 2022 Edition

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The Complexities of Speaking Truth to Power
A Conversation with Dr Lindy Annakin

“The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.” - Martin Luther King Jnr

Dr Lindy Annakin will be addressing many questions about advocacy, speaking out and listening to those who do so in her keynote presentation at our Platform 1225 Forum on 24th October. She’s dedicated her life and her work to honesty and truth and finding ways through complex systems to enable those telling their stories to be heard. She’s committed herself to this process through her PhD on whistleblowing and as the lead writer of the out-of-home care chapter of the Final Report of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
Speaking on current movements, such as Me Too and Black Lives Matter: “To me it feels a bit like the 1960s and 70s whereby we saw dramatic changes in activism, social attitudes and moral commitment. It’s an interesting reflection of that time of civil rights, anti-war and student protests. It is also about time for these issues. I think the demonstration of courage is emboldening for people raising issues. Someone showing moral courage also becomes a standard bearer for people generally when speaking to such important issues – just look at what Grace Tame has achieved.”

Continue reading here
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Australia’s housing crisis is impacting more than our ability to find a home, costing local economies hundreds of millions of dollars. Many Australians are feeling the effect, with rapidly increasing rental prices and a lack of housing availability leading some into homelessness for the first time in their lives.

Flow on effects are now impacting, particularly in regional areas with employers struggling to attract staff due to the lack of affordable housing for potential employees.

The connection between increased rents, low vacancy rates and unfilled job vacancies has been highlighted in a special Impact Economics analysis of five regional economies commissioned by Everybody’s Home.
Everybody's Home
Campaign spokesperson Kate Colvin says the housing crisis has now become a ‘deep economic crisis.’ “Our completely lopsided housing system is choking off the economic potential of regional Australia… The link between housing and jobs must be the focus for the jobs and skills summit.”
Read the full report here.

Read media coverage:

How Australia’s housing crisis is burning a $2.6 billion hole in the economy

Millions of dollars lost due to crisis in regional Australia

Soaring rents adding to job vacancies in major regions
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Success of Housing First
Shines Again

AHURI’s report Housing First: An evidence review of implementation, effectiveness and outcomes has established that Housing First is most cost-effective for those with complex needs facing chronic homelessness. The report shows that assessments of Housing First programs constantly report high levels of tenants sustaining their housing (typically ranging from 66% to 90%), which is significantly higher compared to "treatment as usual" approaches.
Read more here.


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Homelessness Week Launch

In case you missed it, you can watch the Homelessness Week launch here. This event featured the new Minister for Housing and Homelessness, Honourable Julie Collins MP.
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Donating the Cost of a Coffee
to Homelessness

On 5 August, Café Smart held their annual fundraiser to support local grassroots homelessness initiatives across Australia. Over 600 cafes around Australia participated in the event to take action against homelessness. In 2021, cafes and coffee roasters raised $169,000 that was distributed to 96 community organisations. Find out more here.
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Housing in the News

Housing affordability is impacting the nation. With soaring house prices, rental hikes and a shortage of homes, it’s a national priority.
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To End Homelessness,
We Need a Plan

Homelessness Week took place from 1st to 7th August 2022. Homelessness Australia launched ‘A Plan to End Homelessness’. Housing is at the centre of Australia’s cost-of-living crisis. As rents rapidly rise and the cost of living races ahead of household incomes, the need to do more to avoid homelessness is evident. Key recommendations in the report include:
  • Building 25,000 social housing properties a year
  • Providing a housing guarantee to women and children fleeing family violence
  • Increasing JobSeeker to at least $70 per day and boosting Commonwealth Rent Assistance by 50%
Read the full report here.
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Help to Home

Queensland Government is assisting Queenslanders who are struggling to find a rental property through Help to Home, a program that secures unused properties across the state for those in housing need. Keys to the first properties - 18 townhouses in Beenleigh - are being handed over soon.

The program continue to identify unused properties - including short-term or holiday accommodation and properties previously used for commercial purposes. Help to Home will endeavour to deliver additional housing outcomes for those eligible for social housing.
Find out more here.

Latest Poverty and Inequality Report

Everybody’s Home is a national campaign to address the housing crisis. Building more social and affordable housing and providing immediate relief for Australians in chronic rental stress are critical steps to ensure ongoing stability and prosperity for all.

Everybody’s Home is calling on all Australians to act. During Homelessness Week, many supported the campaign, including MPs signing up to the pledge to build social housing. QYHC has signed the pledge, join us by doing the same. Access the pledge here.
Find out more here.


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Be a Part of Addressing Poverty

Poverty is the key underlying cause of homelessness. The campaign to Raise the Rate for Good is essential to reducing poverty and inequality in Australia. This requires an income of at least $70 a day.

Key recommendations include increasing the base rate of JobSeeker Payment so everyone can cover the cost of the basics; indexation of payments in line with wage movements at least twice per year; and increase Commonwealth Rent Assistance by 50%. The campaign recently conducted a cost of living survey, the findings of which will be available soon.

You can take action by signing up to the campaign, calling your Federal MP or writing a letter to the editor.
Find out more here.
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National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day

On 4th August we celebrated National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day. Every year on this date, all Australians have the opportunity to show their support for our First Nation children whilst learning about the crucial impact that culture, family and community play in the life of every child.

The 4th of August was one of the dates historically used to communally celebrate the birthdays of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children who were taken from their families at a young age, without knowing their birthday – the Stolen Generations. We know Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are disproportionately represented in our child protection and criminal justice systems (amongst others). It’s time to raise the age of criminal responsibility and invest in supportive mechanisms and programs so kids can stay connected with their families and culture. It’s time.
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Multicultural Action Plan for QLD

August saw the celebration of Multicultural Queensland Month. As Queenslanders, we speak an incredible number of languages and dialects, and practice a broad range of faiths. Throughout the month the many ways in which language is fundamental to building a truly inclusive Queensland was explored through the theme: 'Inclusion in action.'

The Multicultural Action Plan was released to support Queenslanders from diverse backgrounds to overcome barriers to getting involved in local life.

The new plan consists of six actions to build the economy and community, provide better access to interpreters, and improve cultural diversity data to enhance service delivery. The plan ensures people from all backgrounds are supported in practical ways and have opportunities to feel valued and welcome – whether it’s in local neighbourhoods, sporting clubs, community groups, cultural events, school communities or workplaces.

Find out more here and here.
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Know Your Rights Cards – Awareness Campaign

Last year QATSICPP released the Know Your Rights cards, an initiative designed to empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and raise community awareness of the rights of families in the child protection system in Queensland.

Over the next four months QATSICPP is partnering with Triple A Murri Country to ensure children, young people and families know about the cards and where to find a copy. The campaign includes informative videos, social media posts, and radio ads via the National Indigenous Radio Service (NIRS) network. The campaign will launch with a Know Your Rights panel discussion on Let’s Talk 9am Friday 2 September 2022.

Tune into launch here. Find cards here.
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Raise the Age of Criminal Responsibility

It’s well understood that children do best when they are supported, nurtured and loved. However, across Australia, children as young as 10 can be arrested by police, charged with an offence, hauled before a court and locked away in a prison.

In QYHC’s 2020 Submission to the Council of Attorneys-General Age of Criminal Responsibility Working Group review, we were clear in our position to raise the rate, and remain so: From QYHC’s perspective, offending behaviours and homelessness sit within a symptomatic continuum of structural imbalances, poverty and social disadvantage. Relevant to this is the reality that, in Australia, 1 in 8 young people are living in poverty (ACOSS) and in Queensland 83% of children in the youth justice system were known to Child Safety Services in 2014 (Atkinson, 2018).

Criminalising children’s behaviours that are often trauma based is counter-intuitive and potentially re-traumatising. Most commonly, behaviours displayed have an underlying message that adults need to pay attention to. QYHC asserts that the role for adults and systems in Australia is to pay more attention to what children and young people have to say. As an organisation we aim for the developmental needs of children and young people to be more widely recognised across our society in order that children receive the appropriate supports and interventions as they need them. Criminal behaviours exist in a continuum of many behaviours associated with complex social and familial factors. These need to be addressed in a holistic manner that includes a collaborative systems approach inclusive of: families, communities and government and non-government organisations across the spectrum of education, housing and homelessness, health, child safety, juvenile justice, domestic and family violence and other relevant providers (Stewart, 2014; Lynch, 2003).

The more healthy relationships a child has, the more likely he will be to recover from trauma and thrive. Relationships are the agents of change and the most powerful therapy is human love. (Bruce D. Perry)

It’s time for the federal, state and territory governments to do what’s right and change the laws to raise the age, so children aged 10 to 13 years are not sent to prison. Children belong in classrooms and playgrounds, not in handcuffs, courtrooms or prison cells. Join the call to #RaiseTheAge of criminal responsibility from 10 to at least 14 years old.
Sign the petition here.
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The Australian Human Rights Commission have relaunched their anti-racism campaign, Racism: It Stops With Me. The refreshed campaign website provides tools and resources to assist people and organisations learn about racism and take action to create change. Find out more here.
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The Sunshine Coast Council also launched their Shine a Light on Racism campaign. The campaign was co-designed with the Sunshine Coast community and aims to promote everyone's responsibility in being anti-racist. Supporters are encouraged to sign on to the campaign and to educate themselves and others to #DoTheWork to help address racism in our communities. Find out more here.

Much Needed Funds
for DVConnect

The Palaszczuk Government is providing crucial support to domestic violence hotline DVConnect, to help the service keep up with high demand. State-wide provider DVConnect will receive an extra $2 million over the next two years, to assist women and families when they need it most.

Following a number of tragic murders of women and children across Queensland, the demand for specialist services remains high. Additionally, the Covid-19 pandemic has compounded the complexities experienced by families impacted by domestic and family violence.

While it is good news that more women are reaching out for support, and more men are being referred, the team at DVConnect are under increasing pressure due to the volume and nature of calls. Continued funding helps the DVConnect team to provide a path to safety for every brave Queenslander who calls their service.

Funding Wins for Youth Justice

An internationally respected program that has succeeded in getting high-risk youth offenders to turn their back on crime is set to be trialled on the Gold Coast. The Youth Advocate Program, to be run by Life Without Barriers, had received almost $227,000 in funding through the $1.4 million Community Partnership Innovation Grants initiative. The Youth Advocate Program has been delivered for over 45 years around the world, including in the United States and Ireland, and has shown to reduce the amount and severity of reoffending, and successfully support young people to achieve their goals. The pilot program starts in September.

Young People from the Pasifika community in Logan will soon be able to access culturally responsive wrap-around support through a locally designed initiative aimed at tackling youth crime. KOKO Pasifika Youth Holistic Hub will be delivered by Village Connect to work with young offenders who are in youth detention, or leaving, and their families.

Given the strong interest in the Community Partnership Innovation Grants, this year’s State Budget provided funds to expand the program in 2022–23. A total of $3 million will be available to support additional initiatives that enhance community safety. More information here.

Farewell Lisa from IYS

This month saw IYS farewell CEO Lisa. Thank you Lisa for your dedication to supporting homeless young people. IYS staff shared the following statements:

"Lisa's impact on the community and her team at IYS over the past 6 years has been nothing short of inspiring; living and breathing IYS values.
Her dedication and commitment to improving the lives of vulnerable young people has impacted many lives, facilitated community development, raised early intervention awareness and promoted lasting change that has grown IYS and the communities' opportunities and created a sustainable future for IYS. This has enhanced the long-standing support for IYS and has preserved the 30-year-old bond since its inception.
As a brilliant, strong female leader her legacy stands assured; leaving behind an organisation developed with strength through kindness creating something beautiful to inspire young people and their families. Her gift to her team of dedicated youth workers is inspiration and it has been well received. She will be deeply missed."

Congratulations Lisa! It’s clear you’ve made and impact. All the very best with your future endeavours.

Queensland Government
on the Path to Treaty

On 16 August, the Palaszczuk Government announced the historic next steps on the Path to Treaty. This marked an historic leap toward reconciliation in Queensland including the structures to be established in legislation – a First Nations Treaty Institute and a Truth Telling and Healing Inquiry.

At the launch, Premier Palaszczuk signed a Statement of Commitment with First Nations leaders and hundreds of guests. An excerpt from the Statement reads: This Path to Treaty is a journey, not for the timid, but for those who are courageous to confront our uncomfortable past, the curious who long to find out and live with the truth, and the optimists who dream of the possibilities of a future where we live comfortably with the past, free of blame and rancour.’
Read more here.
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Young Queenslanders
Driving Change

Twenty young Queenslanders have been selected to lead the charge in modernising the way government listens, engages and delivers for the state’s youngest cohort with their appointment to the Youth Strategy Engagement Group. The Youth Strategy Engagement Group will inform the themes and priorities of the draft strategy, as well as the consultation plan for young people by seeking feedback from their networks and peers. The group will also review the final draft of the youth strategy following public consultation which is expected in late 2022. Find out more here.
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Brisbane Under 16s Youth Survey

In Australia, the ABS identified that around 19,400 ‘children’ (aged 0-14) experienced homelessness making up 17% of the homeless population. However, official counts of homeless young people under 16 often do no provide an accurate snapshot of this cohort.

Community Connections is conducting an initial scoping survey to better understand the barriers experienced by young people who become homeless before the age of 16. Perspectives of both workers in the sector and young people who have experienced homelessness before the age of 16 are being sought.
Find the worker survey here.
Find the young person survey here.

The Loss of a Legend

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander readers are advised this article contains names and images of deceased people.
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Celebrated Aboriginal musician, songwriter and artist Archie Roach passed on 30 July 2022 at the age of 66. Archie Roach first became famous after his song Took the Children Away featured on his debut album Charcoal lane in 1990. He went on to win numerous awards, including a Deadly Award for a Lifetime Contribution to Healing the Stolen Generations in 2013. His sons said in their statement: “We are so proud of everything our dad achieved in his remarkable life. He was a healer and unifying force. His music brought people together."


Queensland Child Protection Week takes place from 4th - 10th September 2022. One of the main objectives of the week is to raise the profile of all issues connected with child protection, including child abuse prevention, treatment, research, education, service provision and support for children, young people and families.
You can check out the QCPW Launch and Award recipients live here or check out the posts and photos on QCPW Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.
Find events happening all over Queensland here.
Find resources here.
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Women's Health Week is a nationwide campaign of events and online activities – all centred on improving women's health and helping women to make healthier choices. Taking place from the 5th to 11th of September, Women’s Health Week serves as a reminder to set aside time for your health and wellbeing. Find out more here.
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Swing into Spring

The countdown is on, with the Laidley Spring Festival making its triumphant return on 9th - 10th September. A highlight of the stellar program will be the Spring Festival Grand Street Parade, which kicks off at 10am on 10 September on Patrick Street in the Laidley CBD. The Parade will showcase stunning decorative floats, as well as heritage trucks, vintage vehicles, community groups, schools, businesses and bands. The 2022 parade theme is Swing into Spring!
Find out more here.
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National Online Event

This year's Indigenous Literacy Day, National Digital Event, Celebrating Stories, Cultures and Languages is a magical story led by children from remote Milikapiti and Jilkminggan in the Northern Territory. Joined by music icon Jessica Mauboy and dynamic performer Gregg Dreise, this 20 minute engaging video is must watch for all ages.

The National Digital Event is airing 10.30 am AEST Wednesday 7th September 2022. Tune in to watch live or online at a later date. Find out more here.
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Child Protection Week Seminar Hosted by IFS

On Thursday 1 September 2022, Families Together IFS are hosting a Child protection Week seminar. This event will take place at Westside Church of Christ in Jamboree Heights from 9:00am to 1:00pm. There will be guest speakers from services including Think U Know, Ways to Wellness and Red Rose Foundation.
Register here.
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Brisbane Pride Month

September is Brisbane Pride month. Across the month agencies can actively showcase diversity and inclusion initiatives, share stories and show how workplaces value diversity and support LGBTIQ+ employees. The month is a celebration and recognition of the LGBTIQ+ community of Brisbane which ends with the Pride Rally and March on Saturday 24 September 2022. Find out more here.
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R U OK? Day is on Thursday 8 September 2022. It is a national day of action in which Australians are reminded that every day is the day to ask ‘are you OK?’ and start a meaningful conversation whenever they see signs that someone they care about might be struggling with life.

R U OK? has released resources, tips and ideas to help drive genuine change in workplaces, schools and the community. Find out more here.


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Human Rights Training

The Queensland Human Rights Commission has multiple training sessions that draw on case studies from real complaints to bring human rights legislation to life and are designed to raise awareness, develop skills and contribute to cultural change. Upcoming training sessions include: Introduction to the Human Rights Act, Introduction to the Anti-discrimination Act and Unconscious Bias. Find out more here.

Sleep Out for Homeless Youth

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On Thursday 15 September 2022, sleep out on the rooftop of Queens plaza in Brisbane City to fundraise for homeless young people. This event supports the Property Industry Fund in their mission to partner with frontline charities and fund the build of homes and projects. Find the Information Pack here.
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QCOSS Conference 2022

Registrations are open for the 2022 Conference: Power and Politics of the Care Economy. It will commence with a welcome event on 6 September at GOMA. Boasting dynamic presenters and special networking events, the main event will be held at
Sofitel Brisbane Central on 7 and 8 September. Register here.
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Call for Contributions!

Parity is seeking contributions for their upcoming October edition “Towards a New National Homelessness Strategy.” The aim of this edition is to give all stakeholders in the response to homelessness the opportunity to participate in a discussion of what a future National Homelessness Strategy should look like.

Contributions can be up to 1600 words in length and the deadline for submission is Friday 21st October 2022. Find out more here.
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Consent and Respect for
Youth Practitioners

This event provides consent and respectful relationship education for practitioners working with young people. You will learn about the myths and facts on sexual and intimate partner violence, understand the role of respect and consent in intimate relationships and support young people to create safer, healthier and more equal relationships with friends and intimate partners.

This training will be held on Thursday 15th December 2022 from 9:30am to 12 midday. Register here.
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Save the Date

2022 sees the ‘Brisbane Mental Health Expo’ returning for its 12th year! The Expo has grown, moved, and evolved greatly into, what is now, a feature calendar event during mental health week.

Theme: Awareness, Belonging & Connection in overcoming Loneliness
Time: 10:30am – 2:30pm, Date: Friday 14th October
Venue: The Plaza, Brisbane Powerhouse New Farm
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Register for QShelter
Learning Exchange

You are invited to register for QShelter’s learning exchange. This series will be held online on the first Tuesday of every month – the next one being on 6 September 2022. These sessions provide a space for housing and homelessness and other support services to discuss challenges, exchange ideas and find out about resources. Register here.

Free Webinar:
Supporting Young Parents with an Out-of-Home Care Experience

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Many young people with experience of out-of-home care (OOHC) have complex histories of trauma and neglect and generally poorer health, education and employment outcomes than their peers. They are also more likely to become parents at a young age and to have their children enter the child protection system or be taken into care. This webinar shares researcher, practitioner and service user insights about supporting young parents with an OOHC experience.

Wednesday 7th September 2022 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm (AEST). Register here.
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QShelter’s Go for Gold encourages a comprehensive suite of solutions to housing supply and affordability, with a focus on early planning the 2032 Brisbane Olympic and Paralympic Games. The Legacy Learning Series is taking place as part of Q Shelter’s Feeling the Pulse sessions on housing investment and growth and in partnership with CHIA Qld and National Shelter. Upcoming sessions include:

Liveable higher density social and affordable housing. 21st September 2022. 2.00pm - 3.00pm.
Dr Sacha Reid will present key elements of research highlighting practical ways we can achieve enough housing supply to meet the community’s needs while also achieving high quality, livable homes and places. Register here.

Case Study of Glasgow 2014. Wednesday 19 October 2022. 4:00pm- 5:00pm.
As we strive for significant housing legacy from Brisbane 2032, this session will deep-dive on the combined impacts of housing legacy and intentional approaches to inclusion in employment opportunities as part of Glasgow 2014. Register here.
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Upcoming Training

Blue Knot Foundation’s training programs foster the knowledge, skills and tools you need when working in the field of trauma. Their training programs are focused on informing your practice in the field, leading teams, and supporting self. They range from foundational programs to clinical practice which all contribute to building safe organisations and providing better outcomes for you, your clients and organisation.
View calendar of training here.

Update from HIDRR

Emergency Preparedness Survey of People Experiencing Homelessness
HIDRR is trying to learn more about how homeless people cope in a disaster and are seeking participants for their survey. Find out more here.

Person-Centred Emergency Preparedness Short Course
HIDRR are now accepting expressions of interest in the P-CEP Short! Find out more here.

HIDRR Knowledge to Action Workshops - Join us for an interactive workshop around Homelessness Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction (HIDRR)
We need to work together to make sure everyone is safe when disasters strike. This includes people who are homeless. People who have lived experience of homelessness, service providers working in the housing, homelessness, health, disability, and community services and emergency managers in councils, emergency services and state government should attend these workshops. Building disaster resilience requires multiple stakeholders working together to identify and remove underlying social and economic inequities that increase vulnerability to disaster. Person-centred approaches put people and their support needs at the centre of disaster management. Register here.


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Community Grants Program

Round 1 of Lockyer Valley Regional Council’s Community Grants Program is set to open on 1 September. Grants of between $1000 and $4000 are available for not-for-profit community organisations to undertake projects, activities or events which benefit the wider community. Grants will be awarded to applications that focus on community development, arts and cultural development, social services, recreational services and environmental initiatives. Find out more here.
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Nominate Now for the
National Human Rights Awards

The Australian Human Rights Commission’s annual Human Rights Awards celebrate outstanding achievements to advance human rights in Australia. They recognise the important work of individuals, communities and organisations from across the country.

Nominations are now open for the 2022 Human Rights Awards. The categories for this year’s awards are:
  • Human Rights Medal
  • Young People’s Human Rights Medal
  • Community Award
  • Law Award
Nominate here.

New Funding Round for Skilling Queenslanders for Work

The Palaszczuk and Albanese Governments are ready to fund another $40 million worth of community-based projects to support unemployed and underemployed Queenslanders to join the state’s workforce and build rewarding careers. This program has dual benefits for Queensland, by delivering job ready staff to employers and by ensuring people looking for jobs have pathways that will assist them to take on more productive roles.

In addition to offering local assistance Skilling Queenslanders for Work projects can focus on assisting particular groups of people who face real barriers when they apply for jobs. This can include young people, mature-age jobseekers, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people from culturally or linguistically diverse backgrounds, women re-entering the workforce, people with disability or veterans and ex-service personnel.

Applications for the next Skilling Queenslanders for Work funding round are now open and will close on 22 September 2022. Find out more here.
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Nominate Now!

The 2022 My Home Awards for public housing tenants are now open. The awards were a chance for public housing tenants to be recognised for their efforts in gardening, arts, culture, volunteering and community connections. There are prizes across nine different award categories that allow people to embrace their creative sides and community spirit. Tenants are invited to enter their garden or tell their story about home, community or celebrating culture.
Find out more here.


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Pregnancy, Birth and Baby is a national service providing support and information for expecting parents and parents of children, from birth to 5 years of age. Support is provided to parents on the journey from pregnancy, to baby and pre-school, offering guidance and reassurance about behavioural and development concerns. The service is facilitated by maternal child health nurses and can be offered via phone and video chat. The website also has lots of blog posts about common questions and themes regarding little ones. Find out more here.

Current Groups at QuIHN

QuIHN has a number of groups running at the moment. As their counselling waitlist is approximately 3 months, please encourage clients to attend the groups that are on offer:
  • Mud Maps: A group for people seeking support around substance use; find flyer here.
  • Nuts and Bolts: Relapse prevention and harm reduction; one hour per week over four weeks; find flyer here.
  • Maise: For people with mental health and substance use issues (must register); find flyer here.
  • Mindfulness: Learn to manage feelings and thoughts; find flyer here.
QuIHN is a SPER hardship partner – clients can reduce their SPER debts by attending groups.
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Graduated year 12 and need help with what to do next? Link and Launch officers are based at participating schools to connect with young people who have completed Year 12 but not yet transitioned to further study, training or work. These officers assist young people to navigate a range of post-school study, training and work options in line with their individual goals, aspirations, skills and strengths and support them to make independent choices that will equip them to make a successful transition.

Young people who are not in education, employment or training and also completed year 12 in the previous 2 years are eligible to join the program. All eligible young people who have completed their senior studies can join the program irrespective of which school they attended. Find out more here.

Resource for Parents Whose Children Run Away

Intercept Youth and Family Service have produced a resource to assist parents when their child/adolescent has run away from home. This resource booklet has been put together following interviews with parents who have had children and/or adolescents run away from home. It also includes information from the different services in Moreton Bay Region who work with either families or children.

Some of the sections outlined in the resource include legal rights of parents, legal rights of children, communicating with your child after they have run away, what to do if your child does not want to return home and what to do when my child wants to return home. Find the resource here.
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Qld Government’s Student Wellbeing Package

The Student Wellbeing Package commits $100 million to increase the wellbeing workforce by up to 464 full-time equivalents over three years. Funding has been allocated to regions to distribute to schools based on understanding of local needs. The employment of psychologists is the preferred option for wellbeing professionals. However, workers from other disciplines of social work and youth work can also be hired.

As a part of this package, a pilot program of GPs in schools is being trialled. This program will provide students enrolled in pilot schools with access to free, confidential health and mental health support at school. Find out more here and here.
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Nature Freedom Programs

Nature Freedom is all about inclusion, creating positive and meaningful access and opportunities for participation in the natural environment. It’s also about employment for young people living with a disability and/or mental health issues.
Their programs are designed with a focus on the lived experiences of young people with disabilities and/or mental health issues, co-design, accessibility, and inclusiveness. Various events and activities are offered both indoors and outdoors in locations around Brisbane City, Moreton Bay and Logan. The programs are all about getting together to help each other experience the joys and benefits of being in nature.
Find more information and register here.
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The Handy Guide for Homeless Women provides a guide of support services for women who are without shelter or at risk of becoming homeless. It provides details of vital services including:
  • Accommodation such as emergency accommodation, short and long-term accommodation units and housing services
  • Food and welfare such as food vans, kitchens, laundry, showers, and Centrelink
  • Support centres such as Drop-in Centres, Community Centres, and Assessment and Referral Services
  • Health services such as emergency choices, street doctors, and specialty services
  • Legal assistance for tenancy/housing problems, victims of crime, Centrelink and more
  • Community and specialist services for domestic violence support, family support and immigration support
  • Facilities such as public libraries, lockers, free transport and toilets.
The Handy Guide is now been made available as an online resource. Access it here.


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QDN-Y Online Support Group

Queensland Disability Network is inviting young people with a disability living in Queensland to participate in their QDN Y online peer support group. This support group will be held on the fourth Wednesday of the month from 4pm to 5:30pm on zoom, with the next group being held on 28th September 2022.

RSVP on 1300 363 783 or peersupport@qdn.org.au.
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Youth Ally Workshop

In this two-day workshop series, young people (12-25) are empowered to be allies to their peers experiencing violence. They are also provided with understanding and knowledge of consent, respectful relationships, and skills to create primary prevention of violence initiatives within their own communities.

These workshops are being held on 22 and 23 September 2022 at Women’s Health and Equality Queensland in Greenslopes.
Register here. Find program flyer here.
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Nominate Your Team for
QLD Murri Carnival

The Murri Carnival is back for 2022 from Tuesday 27th September to Sunday 2nd October! Come support your Mob at the Redcliffe Dolphins Moreton Daily Stadium as teams go head-to-head to become Murri Carnival champs.

The Arthur Beetson Foundation conducts the Murri Carnival and uses the carnival to engage the community to empower Indigenous Australians for better outcomes in health, education, sport, employment and business development.
Find the program flyer here.
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BABI September
School Holidays Program

Babi are hosting a free school holidays program for young people aged 12 to 25 in the Bayside area. Places are LIMITED so get in touch today to book your spot. Find program here.
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Gays and Greys Workshops

Picabeen Community Centre are holding workshops for inclusive intergenerational connections where participants can create, learn and grow. The workshops are open to all genders, sexualities, identities and allies aged 12 and over.

These workshops will be held on Wednesdays from 3:00pm to 5:00pm, commencing in term 3 and running through term 4 until 23 November 2022.
Access the program flyer here.

QUBE Effect 2023 - Apply Now!

Brisbane City Council’s The QUBE Effect provides 24 musical acts the opportunity to take part in a nine-month music development program.

Being part of The QUBE Effect will provide you with opportunities to network with and be mentored by some of Brisbane’s most influential music industry experts. You will develop your skills, have live performance opportunities, make incredible industry connections and have your own music video filmed for thousands of people to watch and vote for in the People’s Choice Award.
To be eligible, at least 50% of your musical act must be aged between 12 and 25 years and be living within the Brisbane Local Government Area.
Find out more and apply here.
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Referrals Open for Camps

Edmund Rice Camps QLD provides recreational, group based experiences for vulnerable children aged 8 - 16 years who are experiencing hardship, and would otherwise not have the opportunity. Their 1:1 ratio of volunteers to children provides a high level of support, enabling mentorship and positive role modelling for each individual on camp.

Referrals are open for Head2Heart camps that are occurring in September. Please note that these camps are for boys/those identifying as male only.
Find out more here.
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