Welcome to Community Door's resources on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities.

Across key social and economic indicators Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Queensland consistently experience the highest level of disadvantage. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are over-represented in the justice and child protection systems, they experience lower educational and training attainment, have lower incomes and higher unemployment rates, and experience a higher burden of poor health and injury across all of the life-stages.

Find more information on mental health issues affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

This section of Community Door provides access to organisations working in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander space, along with useful information and resources.

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The Queensland Anti-Cyberbullying Taskforce has launched consultation to seek community views about how to prevent and respond to cyberbullying of young people up to the age of 15. The Taskforce has invited submissions and is holding public forums and roundtable consultation meetings across the...
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The vision for Family Matters Week of Action campaign is that all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people grow up safely in their home, receive a good education, and grow up healthy and proud of who they are. The theme for the 2018 Family Matters National Week of Action is...
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Family Matters Queensland will be holding a community screening of Cherbourg Women - My Struggle, My Fight on 19 May 2018. The event will be part of Family Matters National Week of Action, 14-20 May, 2018. It will commence with a Welcome to Country and Traditional Dancers and will conclude with a Q...
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Queensland Government media release Forty community celebrations will be funded by the Palaszczuk Government through the new Celebrating Reconciliation Small Grants Program. Deputy Premier and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships Jackie Trad today announced the first...
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The Queensland Family and Child Commission is holding its fifth Research in the Round forum to be held in Townsville, on 7 June 2018. This forum has an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander focus, with the theme of Family wellbeing and loss of identity. All presenters, panel members and the...
Young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people across Queensland can now apply to participate in this year’s Queensland Indigenous Youth Leadership Program (QIYLP). The program is an opportunity for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to develop leadership skills and learn about...
Nominations are now open for stories celebrating the achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women leading in business. Successful applicants will have their stories showcased in an e-book titled Because of Her, We Can to be launched during NAIDOC Week 2018. The e-book is being...
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The Workforce Council has a suite of cultural change workshops, designed and delivered in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, to build organisational culture, capability, practice and policy. As the peak body for the health and community services workforce, the Workforce...
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Queensland Government media release The Palaszczuk Government has announced a new $100,000 funding initiative that will help more Queensland communities celebrate National Reconciliation Week (27 May – 3 June 2018). Deputy Premier, Treasurer and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander...
Did you know community based organisations can apply for funding to employ a trainee within your organisation? Funding is still available under the First Start program in 2017-18 for not-for-profit organisations to offer opportunities to young people and disadvantaged job seekers to gain nationally...

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Are you looking for support in Queensland, or trying to find a service that meets your needs? Now you can search oneplace , the service directory hosted by the Queensland Family and Child Commission. oneplace is an easily accessible directory of community services to help Queensland families to get...
The Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) is a world-renowned research, collections and publishing organisation. They promote knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island cultures, traditions, languages and stories, past and present...
Inclusion Support Agency Far North Qld - 07 4032 1713 Sunshine Coast North West Qld - 07 4743 5888 Central West Fitzroy Mackay South West Qld Darling Downs Brisbane Brisbane South West / Redlands Gold Coast Brisbane North Wide Bay Burnett North Queensland Other organisations Secretariat of...
Reconciliation Australia is the national organisation promoting reconciliation between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the broader Australian community. Our vision is for an Australia that recognises and respects the special place, culture, rights and contribution of Aboriginal...
The Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Service (ATSILS) aims to ensure that Indigenous Australians receive fair and equitable treatment within the justice system and acts as an advocate on behalf of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. ATSILS is dedicated to the process...
The Queensland Indigenous Substance Misuse Council (QISMC) is an association of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled Alcohol and other Drugs agencies which are located in various sites across the state of Queensland. Community controlled alcohol and other drug services are...
The Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council (QAIHC) is the state’s peak body representing, advocating and supporting the Community Controlled Health Services sector in development and delivery of comprehensive primary health care services to their local communities. QAIHC represents the...
Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Protection Peak (QATSICPP) was formed in May 2004 in response to the release of a report by the Crime and Misconduct (CMC) Inquiry. It highlighted that the rights and interests of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, young people,...
Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care (SNAICC) is the national non government peak body in Australia representing the interests of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families. www.snaicc.org.au
Legal Aid have a series of captioned recordings about Legal Aid Queensland services on their YouTube channel . Videos for community, health and education workers can be found here and include their published community legal education webinars. Upcoming webinars can be found on the Information for...
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander households could be eligible for the Queensland Government Electricity Rebate to assist with their electricity costs. To be eligible your must hold one of the following cards: Pensioner Concession Card Queensland Seniors Card Department of Veterans' Affairs...
The Queensland Disaster Management website and the Get Ready website have a range of information and useful resources that can assist you to plan and prepare for an emergency. As part of your preparedness and planning for weather events, access regular weather forecast updates from the Bureau of...
The Community Resource Handbooks were launched by Volunteering Queensland on 12 May 2015. They consolidate the knowledge gained through Volunteering Queensland's community leadership work with more than 2,000 community groups over the past fifteen years. The handbooks are aimed at small to medium...
This guide is designed to support workers and agencies working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people who use alcohol and other drugs. Read more
beyondblue , with the Hunter Institute of Mental Health, has developed resources for people who have attempted suicide and their close family and friends. These resources were developed with major input from many people who have attempted suicide and their family and friends. They have been...
In August 2014, QCOSS released a report which explores the experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander customers using electricity pre-payment meters in remote communities. Click here to download the report.
The Yarning Circle is a collection of stories about and by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with a disability. These stories were produced to provide information about the state-wide Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Disability Network and to start a conversation about the NDIS and...
Are you wanting to connect with First Nations peoples? Do you have job opportunities that need to be promoted to First Nations people? Deadly Futures connects opportunities to community right across this country. Their subscription based model makes it easy and affordable for employers to advertise...
Selwyn Button is the CEO of the Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council. Speaking at the QCOSS conference in September 2013, he talks about how organisations can engage with community controlled organisations. He challenges the notion that community engagement is the same as community...

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An Act to promote equality of opportunity for everyone by protecting them from unfair discrimination in certain areas of activity and from sexual harassment and certain associated objectionable conduct .
Power of Attorney A power of attorney is a formal document allowing someone else to make decisions on your behalf; both personl and financial. This person can apply for a Domestic Violence Order on the behalf of someone experiencing domestic and family violence. The Powers of Attorney Act 1998...
All service providers operating in Queensland are required to comply with the Queensland Anti-Discrimination Act 1991 . The Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT) has jurisdiction to hear and decide complaints about contraventions of this Act. Frequently Asked Questions There are also...
There are a range of legal structures which may be suitable for Queensland not-for-profit community groups. The four main options are: an incorporated association: Associations Incorporation Act 1981 (QLD) and Associations Incorporation Regulation 1999 (QLD) a company limited by guarantee:...
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Ula Cavanagh, REFOCUS

REFOCUS Chief Operating Officer Ula Cavanagh was determined to use the Human Services Quality Framework (HSQF) to make the organisation shine.

Based on the Sunshine Coast, Moreton Bay and Gympie, REFOCUS specialises in providing services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families...

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House Call Doctor

Research shows Indigenous health professionals account for only 0.3% of the national healthcare workforce.

This severe underrepresentation has a number of repercussions for the industry and Indigenous members of the community seeking culturally appropriate healthcare.

“The...

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Louise Mullins, QCOSS

This year’s NAIDOC Week theme Our Languages Matter celebrates the essential role that Indigenous languages play in cultural identity and the importance of preserving them for future generations.

More than 250 Indigenous language groups existed at first (significant) European...

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Louise Mullins, QCOSS

National Reconciliation Week (NRW) runs annually, from 27 May to 3 June, and marks two milestones in Australia’s reconciliation journey: the 1967 referendum and the High Court Mabo decision. In 2017, we reflect on two significant anniversaries – 50 years since the 1967 referendum and 25 years...

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Mark Henley, Queensland Council of Social Service Chief Executive Officer

Last week we marked National Close the Gap Day (16 March) - a day which calls on all Australians to take real, measurable steps to achieve equality for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples by 2030. The Close the Gap campaign was launched in 2007 and 10 years on, and while some progress...

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Tiffany Tento, Queensland Council of Social Service

National Reconciliation Action Week (27 May to 3 June) is celebrated in Australia each year, in commemoration of two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey – the anniversaries of the successful 1967 referendum and the High Court Mabo decision.

This year’s theme is ...

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Queensland Council of Social Service

The Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) recently released a new report revealing the interrelated nature of poverty and disadvantage, highlighting key areas in Queensland which need to be addressed with better targeted programs, policies and investment.

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The Social Benefit Bond Program, Queensland Treasury

The competitive tender process for the Queensland government's new Social Benefit Bonds program has recently been launched, and the Invitation for Expressions of Interest (EOI) documents are available via...

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Shelley Dunlop, QCOSS

You can now access a series of resources that showcase best practice HACC Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander service delivery models. 

The three booklets tell the stories of innovative and positive service delivery practices that meet the cultural needs of their...

Embrace training for kindergarten educators
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Cherie Lamb, Queensland Council of Social Service

The EMBRACE Culture in Kindy Program aims to increase kindergarten participation for children from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse backgrounds in Queensland.

Our ‘Embracing cultural diversity in...

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