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.

Queensland Government media release Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders will help to develop new legislation that officially recognises traditional Torres Strait Islander child rearing practices. Deputy Premier and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships Jackie Trad said...
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The Queensland Government has developed a new range of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander resources to help build awareness of the importance of seeking help and support for people experiencing domestic and family violence. The resources provide information and contact details about where to get...
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Queensland Government media release Members of Queensland’s new Truth, Healing and Reconciliation Taskforce established in response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse have met for the first time today (4 October). Minister for Child Safety, Youth and Women Di...
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The Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Protection Peak is holding it's inaugural awards night on 6 September 2018. The Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled Child Protection Awards night will recognise and acknowledge exemplary leadership,...
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Tying into the NAIDOC Week theme for 2018 - 'Because of Her, We Can!' the Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander partnerships has released a storybook and activity pack which profiles eight deadly women from across Queensland. It shares their unique stories, together with activities...
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NAIDOC Week is celebrating the invaluable contributions that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have made – and continue to make - to our communities, our families, and our rich history. Q Shelter is celebrating NAIDOC Week 2018 by hosting a digital photographic exhibition showcasing...
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'Because of Her, We Can!' is the 2018 NAIDOC Week (8th-15th July) theme, highlighting the vital roles of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women as leaders and activists in their own communities and nationally. A boriginal and Torres Strait Islander women are the unsung heroes that continue to...
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Queensland Government media release The Palaszczuk Government has ramped up efforts to cut down the excessive number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the child protection system, opening 33 family wellbeing services. Child Safety Minister Di Farmer said while the services are...
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Queensland Government media release A new chapter has been penned in Queensland’s reconciliation story to kick-start this year’s National Reconciliation Week which runs from 27 May to 3 June. Deputy Premier, Treasurer and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships Jackie Trad...
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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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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
The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIFW) published Australia's Welfare in October 2017. The report provides an authoritative overview of the wellbeing of Australians, examining a wide range of relevant topics. Read the report here.
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...

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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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Louise Mullins, Queensland Council of Social Service

Because of Her, We Can! – is the theme for NAIDOC Week 2018, which will be held nationally between 8 and 15 July.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have played, and continue to play, active and significant roles at community, local, state and national levels.

Sadly,...

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Reconciliation Australia

Reconciliation must live in the hearts, minds and actions of all Australians as we move forward, creating a nation strengthened by respectful relationships between the wider Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Make reconciliation part of your story and your...

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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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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...

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