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- Friday, 8th March 2019 -

The attention of all providers of residential care services is drawn to a VERY IMPORTANT announcement released by TAFE Queensland today. To support your organisation and staff in meeting the new minimum qualifications standards for residential care workers, TAFE Queensland is offering programs to complete a Certificate IV in Child, Youth and Family Intervention (Residential and Out of Home Care) at a cost of only $100 for eligible workers. This low cost has been made possible by the program being subsidised though the Queensland Government’s Regional Skills Adjustment Strategy. Click here for details about:

  • the eligibility criteria
  • how TAFE will work with eligible workers and their organisations to develop individual training plans and deliver the training through face-to-face workshops and on-line webinars
  • information sessions to be held at the Sunshine Coast and North Brisbane (12th March); Townsville, Kingaroy and Mt Isa via teleconference (13th March); Toowoomba, Cairns and Ipswich (14th March); Rockhampton (18th March); Logan City and Mackay (19th March); Gold Coast (20th March) and Hervey Bay (21st March), and
  • how to complete an online application.

After reading about the program, residential care workers should view the information session schedule and complete an application form.

Workers who are not eligible to access the subsidised training may still undertake training in the Certificate IV in Child, Youth and Family Intervention (Residential and Out of Home Care) at another TAFE Queensland location.

Residential care providers who would like further information can contact the Residential Care MQS Program inbox and TAFE Queensland will work with your organisation to develop a training strategy to suit your workforce availability and needs. General enquires can also be made online via the “Enquire Now” button on the webpage or via the Residential Care MQS inbox

International Women's Day 2019

Today 8th March is International Women's Day, a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. This year's theme is #BalanceforBetter, which acknowledges that the better the gender balance in government, business and wealth, the better the world. PeakCare encourages eNews readers to take a moment to reflect on and consider how their actions can support achieving gender equity. The research on achieving gender equity shows a trend in social attitudes changing around equality and an emphasis on including men in creating foundations for equity. The Australian Government's Workplace Gender Equality Agency and Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre have published a report on gender equity insights in the workplace, showing that although women still remain under-represented in positions of power and over-represented in lower-paid jobs, they are likely to dominate middle management roles in years to come. ANROWS has published research on the importance of paid domestic violence leave in supporting women's rights to economic security.

This week is also Queensland Women’s Week (2nd to 10th March), with this year's theme - Invest in women. Invest in the future - recognising the importance of women's economic security in achieving gender equity. Among the significant implications of women's economic security are the generational effects as women continue to be the primary carers of children. The Queensland government's 2018 Women's Economic Security Report Card shows a 17.3% gender pay gap, with the largest gap occurring in the finance and insurance services industry.

Hope & Healing update

The training program for the Hope & Healing Framework for Residential Care is progressing well, with all organisations that provide residential care now entered onto the e-learning platform. Staff are working through the modules, 5 of the 10 of which are now available. Modules are being released progressively with adequate time for completion. There are currently over 3,500 people from 39 organisations enrolled on the platform. This includes full time, part time, casual and agency staff, all of whom are required to complete the training. Feedback has been that the modules are engaging and fun to complete in this format. Work is also well progressed to provide a PowerPoint presentation format to complement the e-learning for circumstances when group learning is preferred, or internet access is limited. Enquiries regarding the Hope & Healing Framework can be directed to Lesley Leece, Assistant Director, PeakCare at, 07 3368 1050.

The minimum qualification of a Certificate IV in a relevant field of study is also a requirement of residential care workers. Please refer to the information sheet provided by the Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women here.

Family Matters in 2019

The priorities for the Family Matters campaign in 2019 have been established in the first meeting of a new Family Matters leadership group. Richard Weston, CEO of the Healing Foundation, has been appointed as Co-Chair of the Family Matters campaign, joining Natalie Lewis, QATSICPP CEO. In 2019 campaign priorities will include deepening accountability of all campaign partners – “walking the talk” with the approach for the campaign centering around recognising the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and ending over-representation in the child protection system. More on the 2019 priorities can be read here. Find out more about partnering with the campaign to protect the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children here.

NAPCAN CPW art competition

Young people up to 18 years of age are invited to submit artwork to be featured in NAPCAN Child Protection Week materials concerning what children need to have a happy, healthy childhood. Pictures are invited on two subjects: happy childhoods, and a boat or lighthouse. All artists whose work is selected to be featured by NAPCAN will receive a $50 gift voucher. Submissions close 12th April. Find out more about how to submit. 

Free ILC workshops

National Disability Services (NDS), in partnership with Community Services Industry Alliance (CSIA), is offering free workshops across Queensland between March and July. These workshops will help organisations and businesses to understand how the National Disability Insurance Agency’s (NDIA) Information, Linkages, and Capacity Building Grants (ILC) can help them become more inclusive of people with disability. The first workshop will be held at the The Colmslie Hotel, Morningside, on Tuesday, 19th March. Register now or find out more about other locations. 

Parents' voices needed

The Family Inclusion Network is holding free small forums to meet with parents who have experienced the Queensland child protection system, and hear their thoughts. The first of these will be on Monday, 18th March at Woodridge, with lunch and afternoon tea provided and transport available. To RSVP, call 07 3013 6030 or email A following session will be held in Caboolture on Thursday, 28th March. All conversation during the forums will be confidential and no representatives from the Department of Child Safety will be attending. 

Volunteering award nominations closing soon

The 2019 Queensland Volunteering Awards honour the inspiring endeavours of hundreds of volunteers, volunteer managers and volunteer-involving organisations committed to bringing about positive change in the community. The awards are presented across six key categories. Nominations close 31st March. Nominate online today.

CFCA invites roundtables participants

Child Family Community Australia (CFCA) and Emerging Minds: National Workforce Centre for Child Mental Health are undertaking a project aimed at facilitating improved relationships between child protection practitioners and other health and welfare service providers. Sector professionals are invited to contact Dr Rhys Price-Robertson ( if they would like to be involved in a roundtable session to be conducted in Melbourne during April. Participation is free and any content discussed will be confidential and anonymous. Contributions by sector professionals will provide this project with valuable insight and help to inform the direction of the project and the resources produced to support the sector.

KENG fundraiser

Kingston East Neighbourhood Group (KENG) is a community based not for profit association serving the needs of the local community in Logan City. Among the services KENG offers are childcare, family support, elder support, Immediate Supported Accommodation, Family Hub and Communities for Children. An Afternoon Tea fundraiser will be held on Saturday, 30th March in Slacks Creek to support the valuable work of KENG in the community. Tickets cost $40 including nibbles, drinks and lucky door prize. RSVP on 3808 1684 or

Foster carer recruitment campaign

The Queensland government has launched its foster and kinship carer recruitment campaign for 2019. The campaign highlights the personal experiences of a series of carers. Expressions of interest in becoming a foster carer are invited year-round, with applicants needing to be over 18 years of age, and eligible to obtain a Blue Card. This year Queensland Foster and Kinship Carer Week will be held from 21st to 28th April.

The BIG Week 2019 - are YOU ready?

Have you watched this short and snappy video about Queensland’s BIG Week? It should be watched by all our readers. After watching the video, make sure you download, print and distribute this flyer and book the dates into your diary.

Tough Conversations in Child Protection
Brisbane - Tuesday, 12th March
Presented by Parentshop

This essential one-day course for child protection professionals and family workers helps to quickly assess and prepare for tough conversations in situations where clarity-of-message can make all the difference for vulnerable families. The course teaches a method to: identify and clearly articulate the strengths and deficits in parents’ caring capacity so that parents have a clear future work plan; comprehensively gather information for holding a factual tough conversation so that as many facts (as can be reasonably gathered) can be brought to bear in conversations with parents; defuse antagonism during a tough conversation while holding a firm line; and identify the important ‘dashboard’ markers for parents so that everyone has clarity about what is expected within a given timeframe. Find out more and register.

First Up: client response training for administration staff
Brisbane - Wednesday, 13th March
Presented by Encompass Family and Community

Administration workers are often the first persons with whom a client or potential client of your agency will have contact. When that initial contact is by an upset, highly anxious or angry client, it is not easy to find the right response. This workshop equips and supports administration workers in their role of providing ‘first-up’ responses to clients and members of the public who present in person at reception or over the phone. The workshop considers how to interact calmly and safely with people who are presenting in a state of crisis or affected by alcohol or drugs, including how to convey empathy while encouraging the client to contain their anger or upset or behaviour. This is a workshop for all admin workers who may be ‘first-up’ in responding helpfully in difficult situations or helping to de-escalate potential crises. Find out more and register

Brisbane - Monday, 18th to Tuesday, 19th March
Presented by Compass Seminars

An exploration of the ways the immune system, epigenetics, affect regulation, and attachment intersect in mental health. Mind-Brain-Gene describes the feedback loops between the multiple systems contributing to the emergence of the mind and the experience of the self. It explains how our mental operating networks "self-organise", drawing from and modifying our memory systems to establish and maintain mental health. Synthesising research in psychoneuroimmunology and epigenetics with interpersonal neurobiology and research on integrated psychotherapeutic approaches, John Arden explores how insecure attachment, deprivation, child abuse, and trauma contribute to anxiety disorders and depression to produce epigenetic affects. Find out more and register.

Practice Paper - Are you ready for the National Redress Scheme?
Brisbane - Wednesday, 20th March
Presented by Child Protection Practitioners Association of Queensland

Following the recommendation of the Royal Commission into Institutional Reponses to Child Sexual Abuse a National Redress Scheme (NRS) has been established. This Practice Paper will be presented by knowmore legal service, a free national legal service funded to assist survivors of institutional child sexual abuse to ensure they have access to redress. This session will provide detailed information about the NRS, including the three components of the scheme available to survivors, the impact of prior payments, the assessment framework used to assess the amount a survivor will receive and the legal options available to survivors, including at common law. Tickets are free for CPPAQ Members and $40 for non-Members. Find out more and register.


Special benefit screening - Backtrack Boys
Brisbane - Sunday, 24th March
Presented by ANTaR Qld

Join friends and colleagues for a special fundraiser screening of the Backtrack Boys - a movie benefit night to support the education, policy and advocacy work of Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation in Queensland (ANTaR Qld). Backtrack Boys is a powerful documentary concerning Youth Justice reform in the Armidale District. The screening will be held at All Hallows School Theatre, Dodge Lane, Fortitude Valley. View the flyer for more details or book online.

Brisbane - Monday, 24th to Friday, 28th June
Presented by QATSICPP, PeakCare and CAFWAA

The Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Protection Peak (QATSICPP), PeakCare Queensland, and the Child and Family Welfare Association of Australia (CAFWAA) are partnering to bring to Brisbane a National Child Protection Conference. This conference will gather together policy-makers, researchers, service administrators and practitioners from government and non-government mainstream and community-controlled organisations from across the country to explore what’s hot in the world of child protection. This important conference will provide opportunities to showcase innovation as well as to explore and debate contentious issues currently confronting all Australian States and Territories. Find out more and stay tuned!

Churchill Fellowship information sessions
Sunshine Coast - Tuesday, 12th March

A Churchill Fellowship offers Australian citizens the opportunity to travel overseas to research issues of interest. The high international regard for Churchill Fellowships provides a pathway for Churchill Fellows to access expertise from around the world that is not typically available to everyone, expanding your knowledge and experience for the benefit of Australian society. The Churchill Trust is on the road throughout February and March to deliver a National Roadshow of Information Sessions about the 2019 Churchill Fellowship opportunity. In Queensland, free information sessions will be held in Cairns (13th March), and Townsville (14th March). The sessions will provide the opportunity to listen to some extraordinary Churchill Fellows share their Fellowship experiences, impart insights on their fascinating projects and how the program helped them achieve their goals. Applications to the Fellowships are now open.

National Youth Homelessness Conference
Melbourne - Monday, 18th to Tuesday, 19th March

The first national conference focussed on youth to be held in Australia in over 20 years will take place this year. The National Youth Homelessness Conference will look at what has happened in policy and practice to address youth homelessness over the past decade, initiatives that have worked and what future reforms are required in light of developing an agenda to put to government. Despite government initiatives to reduce homelessness, the number of people experiencing homelessness, particularly young people, has increased disproportionately to population growth in the last 10 years. Find out more and register.

Intimate partner violence in Australian refugee and immigrant communities: Culturally safe strategies for practice
Webinar - Wednesday, 27th March

This webinar by Child Family Community Australia (CFCA) will discuss the emerging research on how service providers can ensure appropriate support is available to this client group. It will include an outline of practical strategies to support community involvement and leadership, cultural safety and trauma-informed care. The webinar will also discuss what works to help implement these strategies, with a focus on current examples of practical strategies to address challenges to service delivery in rural and regional settings. Find out more and register.


5th Australian & New Zealand Addiction Conference
Gold Coast - Monday, 13th to Wednesday, 15th May

This annual conference by the Australian & New Zealand Mental Health Association offers a two day educational program of speakers and a half day of workshops. The aim of the conference is to broaden the understanding of the range of addictions, comorbidity, pain management, harm reduction, mental health and wellbeing and to look at solutions in regard to prevention, treatment and recovery through evidence based research, programs and practical models. The conference is inclusive of varying populations, the professional, peer support workers and the role of the family. Find out more and register.

Queensland Indigenous Family Violence Prevention Forum
Mackay - Wednesday, 15th to Thursday, 16th May

The Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research. The Forum aims to share knowledge and highlight new approaches on supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people impacted by domestic and family violence. By attending this Forum, you can expect to gain understanding about the different service delivery approaches required when working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities. The Forum will introduce new and different approaches based on research and evidence to inform practice when responding to this type of violence. Find out more and register.

Child Aware Approaches Conference 2019
Brisbane - Thursday, 16th to Friday, 17th May

The 6th Child Aware Approaches Conference will advance the National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children 2009–2020, the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010–2022, and the wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The Conference will focus on five key themes: improving outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, improving access to prevention and early intervention, improving placement stability, keeping children and young people safe from abuse, and strengthening focus on wellbeing Beyond 2020. The participation of young people will be a key feature of the Conference.

Trauma Aware Schooling Conference 2019
Brisbane - Thursday, 20th to Friday, 21st June

The inaugural Trauma Aware Schooling Conference will discuss, learn about and respond to the issues of complex childhood trauma and the need for trauma aware practice in schools. A school student’s experience of complex trauma  (e.g. physical, sexual, and/or emotional abuse, serious neglect, violence, etc.) can have a serious impact on school behaviours, attendance, engagement and (therefore) educational and life outcomes. Worrying behaviours can also have a significant impact on the well-being, efficacy, and retention of teachers and other educators. To address this, government departments and many non-government agencies are increasingly encompassing what is now referred to as trauma-informed practice when supporting or working with children and adolescents. To minimise concerns at school that can lead to student disengagement or disciplinary exclusion, there is a growing call for a collaborative, cross-agency, trauma-informed approach to service provision – which includes the schooling system. Find out more and register.

International Conference on Youth Mental Health
Brisbane - Saturday, 26th to Monday, 28th October

This conference by the International Association for Youth Mental Health at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre aims to improve mental health service responses for young people, and features presentations for professionals, researchers, service providers, and policy makers, as well as young people and their parents. In recent years, many countries have acknowledged the importance of targeted services for youth in the critical age group of 12–25 years. Young people will play a core role in sharing their skills, voices and experiences in the conference,  and will be involved in all aspects of planning and decision making. Youth Bursaries are available to support the participation of young people 18-25 years of age, with applications closing Sunday, 24th March. Abstract submissions are also currently open for conference submissions and close Monday, 18th March. Find out more and register to attend.


Visit our Events page for further opportunities in the sector.

Redress Support Worker - Micah Projects

Micah Projects is seeking a Redress Support Worker to provide flexible, timely and transparent practical assistance and emotional support to people engaging with the Australian Government's National Redress Scheme. This is a fixed term, full time position, to 30 June 2020 (with the possibility to extend) with a minimum of 76 hours of work available per fortnight and is classified under the SCHADS Award at a Level 5. Find out more and apply. Applications close Tuesday, 19th March.

Centre Based Support and Advocacy Worker - Micah Projects

Micah Projects is seeking a Centre Based Support and Advocacy Worker to join the Coordinated Access Team. This position is centre-based, providing triage and prioritisation services based on presenting needs to individuals and families who present experiencing homelessness, or at risk of homelessness. This is a permanent, part time position with a minimum of 30.4 hours of work available per week and is classified under the SCHADS Award at a Level 3. Find out more and apply. Applications close Wednesday, 20th March.

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