Shelley Dunlop, QCOSS
Peter Kenyon

Last week on 17 October 2014 the QCOSS State Conference - Building strength was held at the Convention and Exhibition Centre in Brisbane.

The program aimed to build on the strengths already existing within Queensland’s strong and resilient community service sector, as well as looking at how we build strength in our communities - all communities, metropolitan, regional, rural and remote. 

QCOSS’ focus also remains on outcomes and the importance of identifying where we want to be; how to measure this as a community, as services and as individuals; and how we are going in reaching these targets. 

Below you will find a summary of the sessions held at the conference, and the presentations where available. Many of the conference sessions were recorded and these will be uploaded to StudioQ and added to this page in the near future.


Welcome to Country:

Ashley Ruska, Yuggera Aboriginal Corporation for Cultural Services


Mark Tucker-Evans, Board Chair, QCOSS

Official Opening:

Hon Tracy Davis MP, Minister for Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services

QCOSS Work and Conference Overview:

Mark Henley, Chief Executive Officer, QCOSS


Building Strength:

Peter Kenyon, Director, Bank of IDEAS

Download Peter's presentation

Plenary Session: An Overview of Government Reforms

Australian Government reforms:

Tim Reddel, Group Manager, DSS Programme Office, Department of Social Services

Download Tim's presentation

Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services reforms:

Michael Hogan, Director-General, Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services

Download Michael's presentation

Queensland whole-of-government reforms:

Jamie Merrick, Deputy Director-General, Department of Premier and Cabinet

Download Jamie's presentation

Queensland contracting reforms:

Peter Lacey, Executive Director, Social Services Procurement Transformation, Department of Housing and Public Works

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Concurrent Workshop Sessions

Building capacity and resilience through innovation

Yarning about cultural integrity: a professional and personal journey

  • Kerryn Moroney, Senior Mentor, Footsteps to Finish, QCOSS
  • Ranu James, Project Facilitator, EMBRACE Culture in Kindy, QCOSS

Effectively managing change through partnerships and client feedback

Outcomes in practice:

  • Valmae Rose, Senior Manager Practice, Research and Policy, QCOSS 
  • Judith Rowell, A/Director, Community and Individual Services, Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services

In conversation with Steinbeck: Dialogue, complexity and resilience (no slides):

  • Peter Westoby, Senior Lecturer, Community Development, The University of Queensland

Plenary Session: Lessons Learned - Collective Impact success stories


Peter Kenyon, Director, Bank of IDEAS

Whole of community support in the early year's space:

June McLoughlin, Director, Family and Children's Services, Doveton College

Grassroots empowerment of a local Aboriginal community (no slides):

Mick Gooda, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, Australian Human Rights Commission

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