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- Friday, 28th June 2019 -
On behalf of PeakCare, the Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Protection Peak (QATSICPP) and the Child and Family Welfare Association of Australia (CAFWAA), sincere appreciation to extended to ALL who contributed to making the BIG WEEK National Child Protection Conference a successful event. A BIG THANK YOU is sent to:
  • Our keynote speakers, Stan Grant and Isaiah Dawe
  • Our internationally renowned speaker, Dr James Anglin
  • Members of the panel that led discussion about ‘Bringing a human rights lens into child protection, youth justice and other service systems encountered by children and families – Aimee McVeigh, Ruth Barson, Cameron Harsley APM, Michael Hogan and Scott McDougall
  • Members of the panel that led discussion about ‘Responsibilities held by non-Indigenous non-government and government agencies concerning self-determination by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in relation to the safety, wellbeing and protection of their children’ – Natalie Lewis, Philip Brooks, Isaiah Dawe, Professor Boni Robertson and Richard Weston
  • ALL presenters and members of panels from across the country who generously shared their wisdom and time – their names and abstracts can be located in the Conference Program
  • Child Safety Minister Di Farmer for her warm welcome during the Conference’s Welcome Reception, and
  • The magnificent Brisbane Pride Choir for entertaining us so beautifully during the Welcome Reception
Special mention is made of the contributions made by Leanne Claussen, Parents on a Mission in presenting to us ‘Leanne’s Gift’ and the parents who participated in the ‘Parents Who Lead’ presentation. It was sensational to have the voices of parents heard throughout the Conference.

Special mention is also made of the ‘stars’ of PeakCare’s short video, ‘What Lies Beneath the Words: the Sequel’ that had its premier screening during the Welcome Reception – CREATE Young Consultants, Brooke, Miriel and Ty plus Karen and Rachelle from the Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women and Nadia and Lenny from QATSICPP. Thank you!

Thanks are also extended to the many organisations who sponsored the Conference - Anglicare Southern Queensland, ACTCOSS’ Gulamga Program, The Benevolent Society, Child Wise, Churches of Christ in Queensland, Compass Seminars, Commsync, Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women, Foundations Care, House with No Steps, Infinity Community Solutions, Integrated Family and Youth Service (IFYS), Life Without Barriers, Mission Australia, Nature Play Qld, Parentline, Queensland Foster and Kinship Care, True Relationships and Reproductive Health, UnitingCare Community, and YCSS Child, Youth and Family Intervention Service - and to the businesses and individuals whose generous donations allowed some conference attendees (Susie Edwards from FIN in particular!) to leave with some amazing prizes - Australia Zoo, Corpcut Mobile Hairdressing, Channel Seven Wheel of Brisbane, Knowledge Partner Professionals, Jenny Wegener and Five Star Cinemas

A very special thank you is also sent to PeakCare’s Annika Stehn for her patience, skills and expertise in coordinating the Conference and to ALL who attended and supported this event.

Thank you also to our friends and colleagues from QATSICPP for providing the opportunity for those who attended the conference to stay on and participate in the other BIG events held during Queensland’s BIG WEEK – the Masterclass Workshop led by Professor Cindy Blackstock on Wednesday and the 2-day QATSICPP Members’ Conference. The BIG WEEK will conclude this evening with QATSICPP’s 10th Anniversary Dinner - a sensational ending to Queensland’s BIG WEEK.

Data sharing reforms to better safeguard privacy - what do they mean for the community sector?

ACOSS has developed a briefing note outlining proposed reforms to national data sharing legislation. The increasingly complex nature of data collection and sharing by government, business and increasingly the community sector poses major policy and ethical challenges. Risks of data sharing are enhanced for people experiencing poverty and disadvantage. The reforms proposed by the federal government in response to the 2016 Productivity Commission's report recommendations are intended to better safeguard privacy for all Australians. In particular the reforms focus on: enshrining a new Consumer Data Right; installing a new National Data Commissioner to implement and oversee the data sharing and release framework; and enacting new legislation and governance arrangements to enable better use of data while protecting sensitive information. The briefing note explores what is needed in data sharing frameworks to safeguard the privacy and dignity of people receiving community and welfare services. 

Have your say on youth justice in Queensland

The Youth Justice and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2019 was introduced to the Queensland Parliament on Friday, 14th June and is now before the Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee, requiring a report to Parliament by Friday, 9th August. The Committee is seeking submissions in response to the objectives of the Bill, in particular amendments to the Youth Justice Act 1992, the Bail Act 1980 and the Police Powers and Responsibilities Act 2001 including: reducing time for proceedings; removing legislative barriers to bail; improved information sharing to better respond to the needs of young people; removing conditions requiring the use of an electronic device on a child; in sentencing a young person for the manslaughter of a child under 12 years, courts must treat the defencelessness of the victim and their vulnerability as an aggravating factor; allowing the Office of the Public Guardian’s community visitor program for children to visit young people who may reside at a child accommodation service provided or funded by the Department of Youth Justice. Submissions will be received until Wednesday, 10 July at noon. Submissions can be lodged via email to

Tackling online bullying - funding now available

The closing date for applications to the Tackle Cyberbullying Grants Program has been extended to midnight Sunday, 21st July. The program offers young Queenslanders aged 10-17 years and community organisations the opportunity to apply for grants to develop and deliver local initiatives - such as organising games and activities, sharing informative resources or creating art, developing apps or campaigns - to address online bullying in their community. Grants of $500 to $1,500 are available to young Queenslanders, while community organisations can apply for grants of $1,500 to $5,000. Young people will need a sponsoring organisation - such as a sporting group, community organisation or school P&C - to assist them with managing the grant funding. Find out more and apply.

Seeking breakthrough, high impact ideas for funding

Applications are now open for the Myer Innovation Fellowships 2020. The program seeks exceptional leaders across all sectors (private, public and non-profit) and from all types of professional backgrounds, with a breakthrough idea and the capacity to bring it to fruition. A new category of Human, Civil and Legal Rights now joins Sustainability and Environment, Education, and Poverty and Disadvantage as the themes to which applicants are asked to align their projects. Ideas are sought that are: high impact, unique and scalable and sustainable. In 2020 three Fellows will each receive $120,000 along with up to $30,000 for operational expenses for their 12 month commitment to the program. Applications close Sunday, 18th August. Find out more and apply.

Micah Moonlight Dinner Dance tickets now available

The 16th annual Micah Moonlight Dinner Dance will be held Friday, 23rd August, 6.30pm for a 7pm start at the Plaza Ballroom, Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, South Brisbane. It is a night of glamour and excitement, delicious food and elegant attire, and in true Micah Projects fashion, it is also a night where socially created barriers are toppled and all members of the Brisbane community can come together to enjoy each other’s company. Purchase your ticket now to avoid disappointment - the Dinner Dance has sold out every year for the past six years!

PeakCare seeking a Project Officer

Are you committed to the protection of children and young people in Queensland and have experience in this field? PeakCare is seeking a full time or near full time, fixed term (3 months) Project Officer to to work with the Assistant Director in developing the practice framework for the newly adopted Joint Agency Protocol to Reduce Preventable Police Call-outs to Residential Care Services. Expressions of interest close Friday, 5th July. Find out more and apply.

The little boy was me... Stan Grant's keynote address at the National Child Protection Conference

As the opening keynote speaker at the National Child Protection Conference on Monday, 24th June in Brisbane, award-winning journalist Stan Grant, a Wiradjuri man, paid respect to traditional owners and noted that his is a living culture - something to be embraced and lived. Read more.

If you know of a program, group or organisation that should be In the Spotlight, contact Lorraine Dupree.

EFT Tapping (Emotional Freedom Techniques) Practitioner Training Lvl 1
Brisbane - Friday, 5th July
Presented by
Australian Association of Social Workers

This one-day workshop will explore the use of EFT Tapping as a therapeutic tool. The EFT Level 1 practitioner training benefits social workers as a tool for self-care, supervision and working with individual clients. EFT can be used for self-care to reduce everyday work stress and anxiety lived by a social worker; for supervision with staff when providing supervision and is extremely useful for anxiety, stress and trauma; and with individual clients when counselling clients.Additionally, clients can learn the basics to use on themselves in one session. The workshop will be delivered by Khadine Aharon. Find out more and register.

High Voltage: working with 'high risk' adolescents
Brisbane - Wednesday, 17th July
Presented by Encompass Family and Community

Work with young people with ‘high risk’ behaviours can carry shock potential – for young people themselves and others around them, including front-line workers. Workers often face the tricky challenge of providing an immediate response to extreme and dangerous behaviour by young people, in order to provide safety, while at the same time trying to connect with the hidden pain, trauma and unmet need underpinning this behaviour. This carries the inbuilt conundrum of maintaining a planned approach in the face of continuing crisis. If you are grappling with this ‘high voltage’ work then this is the workshop for you. It is informed by the AIM4® concept map, which supports a practical and effective approach to working with vulnerable young people, grounded in contemporary thinking and research. Find out more and register


Child Safe Organisations
Jimboomba - Wednesday, 24th July
Presented by NAPCAN

The National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (NAPCAN) is again delivering two free child protection workshops around Queensland. Child Safe Organisations is a workshop that is critical to assist organisations to develop child friendly and safe practice embedded within organisational culture, moving beyond safety to demonstrate a commitment to children and young people's wellbeing.
Mandatory Reporting & Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect is for everyone who works or volunteers with children and young people and their families and is subject to mandatory reporting requirements. Upcoming sessions will be held in Townsville on Saturday, 13th July. Find out more and register for either workshop throughout Queensland.


A Therapeutic Treasure Box 
Brisbane - Thursday, 15th to Friday, 16th August

Presented by Compass Seminars

This is a two-day workshop exploring creative and expressive tools for working with relational and developmental trauma. This creative and multi-faceted workshop will explore some of the therapeutic qualities required to support children, adolescents, and adults who have and are experiencing relational and developmental trauma. Following this, a range of expressive, multi-sensory, and practical tools for working more effectively with this client group will be presented. Including focusing on areas such as multi-layered safety, emotional regulation, and resilience. Practical case studies will be discussed; as well as links to how some of these tools can be applied to oneself to prioritise self-care. Find out more and register.

No Scaredy Cats
Brisbane - Monday, 19th August
Presented by Parentshop

This workshop is based on three underlying perspectives: first, by having an understanding of how anxiety develops parents can counter its progress, second, parents can take a preventative role in the development of anxiety problems, third, there are practical steps parents can take to build resilience. The lesson framework includes an overall theory of parenting that can assist parents to manage children’s worries; coverage of how some misguided policies are making parents and children more anxious; and biological information about the brain, including how the pre-frontal middle cortex and the amygdala operate, and where fear and anxiety originates. Find out more and register.

Queensland Child Protection Week Dinner
 Brisbane - Friday, 6th September
Presented by Queensland Child Protection Week Committee

The annual Queensland Child Protection Week Dinner will be held at the Grand Ballroom of The Greek Club, 29 Edmonstone St, South Brisbane. The Annual Child Protection Week Dinner celebrates the dedication and commitment of those working within the child protection industry. The Hon. Dianne Farmer, Minister for Child Safety, Youth and Women and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence will feature as a guest speaker, as well as a CREATE Young Consultant. Kay McGrath will MC, with live entertainment from sisterMISTER. Purchase your ticket now.


Voices in Action Conference 2019
Melbourne - Thursday, 14th to Saturday, 16th November
Presented by CREATE Foundation

95% of previous attendees either agreed or strongly agreed that the ideas shared at the event would help improve the out-of-home care system. The 2019 Voices in Action Conference will provide an in-depth exploration of three key issues identified by children and young people with a care experience as fundamental to improving the out-of-home care system, with the wisdom of lived experience. The discussion will focus on: how to include young voices in decision making processes; how to support and improve outcomes for young people transitioning from care; and the need to improve complaints processes for children and young people. The conference format will feature a daily keynote address from inspirational thought leaders in the care system, followed by a series of interactive, workshop style sessions focused on applying the insights of young people, carers and professionals to some of the key issues facing our sector. Carers, professionals and sector leaders must attend for a fresh grassroots approach to garnering insight into what works in out-of-home care. Discounted early-bird registration rates are available before 1st August, so be quick to secure your place at this game-changing conference and elevate the voices of children and young people in care. Find out more and register.

Working with cultural diversity
Brisbane - Monday, 1st July

Multicultural Development Australia will deliver this full-day workshop with ready-to-apply strategies and skills to help achieve better engagement in culturally diverse settings. Nearly one half (49 per cent) of all Australians had either been born overseas or one or both parents had been born overseas. Being aware of cultural differences is crucial for delivering services to and working with people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds. The training will help participants to: understand cultural diversity in Queensland, understand the challenges of settlement, understand culture and its impact on communication, apply skills needed in cross cultural communication, and develop skills needed to manage cultural diversity. Find out more and register.

NDIS access for health and community professionals
Redlands - Tuesday, 2nd July

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) will be sponsoring a series of free information sessions about the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) throughout June. This session at Redlands RSL, 8 Passage St, Cleveland, is a great opportunity for Allied Health professionals to gain further information on their specific role in working with NDIS participants, particularly in relation to supporting the access process. Register for the session or register to attend the Ipswich session on Tuesday, 2nd July at Ipswich Sports Club. There are further drop in sessions in various locations around Queensland that offer support in navigating the NIDS, for both service providers and those already enrolled in NDIS. To find out more about sessions in other locations in Queensland, visit the Events section of the NDIS website.

Tenancy Skills Institute official launch
Brisbane - Tuesday, 2nd July

The Tenancy Skills Institute offers free tools to improve access to accommodation for prospective tenants, increase property management efficiencies and boost the bottom line by producing the best rental tenants. The Institute's approach is to work with community members, individuals and the real estate industry to create better housing options and outcomes for people in Queensland. The Tenancy Skills Institute will be launched with a free information session from 8am to 10.30am at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. Find out more and register.

Supporting the social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children through a collaborative community approach
Webinar - Tuesday, 9th July

This free webinar by Child Family Community Australia will discuss how service organisations can work with Aboriginal communities to increase accessibility for First Nations families. The presenters will explore the practical implementation of collaboration with Aboriginal communities and how this sits alongside traditional therapeutic approaches in non-Aboriginal services to deliver positive outcomes, particularly for infant and child mental health. The webinar will explore challenges and how to meet them, examine current research underlining the importance of cultural competence, provide case studies on practices that have delivered positive outcomes, outline what mainstream organisations should consider when recruiting and training staff for a culturally informed and responsive workforce, and more. Find out more and register.

Working with victims of violence and/or domestic and family violence
Brisbane - Tuesday, 9th July

This free two-and-a-half hour session by the Department of Justice and Attorney-General (DJAG) will provide an excellent opportunity to network with other victim services, as well as enable new staff to learn about DJAG’s Victim Assist Queensland services and for experienced staff to refresh their skills. The workshop will cover practical information about the support provided by the Victim Assist service. Find out more and register.

Inclusion ready ILC workshop
Gladstone - Wednesday, 10th July

National Disability Services (NDS), in partnership with Community Services Industry Alliance (CSIA), is offering free workshops across Queensland until July. These free 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, and in turn support people with disability to participate fully in all aspects of life. This workshop will include information and insight into the NDIA’s new strategy and the planned roll-out of grants in 2019. Register now for the Gladstone session, register for the Rockhampton session on Friday, 12th July, or find out more about other locations.

Human Rights Act Masterclass
Newmarket - Friday, 19th July

To prepare for the introduction of the Human Rights Act and complaints mechanism to commence 1st January 2020, Disability Law Queensland Director and founder and coordinator of the Human Rights Act for Queensland campaign, Aimee McVeigh, is holding a three-hour workshop for disability organisation employees, people with disability, their families and supporters. Attendees will: learn of the 23 human rights protected by the legislation and learn about what the Act means for Queenslanders, especially people with disability; learn what organisational obligations are under the Act and how to make sure you are compliant; and learn how to advocate for human rights by using the Act in your work to ensure all are treated with respect, equality and dignity. Find out more and register.

Young Pregnant & Parenting Network Symposium - Engaging pregnant and parenting young people
Maroochydore - Thursday, 8th to Friday, 9th August

Di Farmer, Queensland State Minister for Child Safety, Youth & Women will open the Australian Young Pregnant & Parenting Network Symposium, with headline speaker, Megan Mitchell, National Children's Commissioner. Keynote speakers include Professor Ian Hay, Macquarie University; Dr Angelique Howell and Dr Deb Lynch, University of Queensland; and Tiara Ruua and Joanne Furminger, Institute of Urban Indigenous Health. Breakout panels will include young parents - graduates from STEMM like Emily and Amanda - will tell us what worked for them, and school principals and policymakers will tell us what can be done. Child minding will be available onsite. Find out more and register.

QCOSS State Conference 2019
Caloundra - Thursday, 12th to Friday, 13th September 

The QCOSS State Conference 2019 will have the theme Leading change together, building on conversations had in the time since the Movement for change conference last year. Register by the end of the financial year - Sunday, 30th June - and take advantage of substantial early bird discounts (up to $220 per ticket!), as well as ensuring you are part of the conversation about: rebooting the system (structural change); being in service (sector change), and starting a revolution (community change). An exciting list of speakers has already been announced, including keynote speaker Stan Grant, Indigenous Affairs Editor for the ABC and multi-award winning journalist; Caterina Giorgi, Founder and Managing Director of For Purpose; David Moody, Acting Chief Executive Officer of National Disability Services; Scott McDougall, Commissioner of the Anti-Discrimination Commission Queensland; David Ritter, Chief Executive Officer of Greenpeace Australia, and many more. Find out more details about the program or secure your ticket now to avoid missing out.


2019 Foster and Kinship Care Conference
Perth - Thursday, 5th to Saturday, 7th September

The 2019 National Foster and Kinship Care Conference is open to all foster and kinship carers nationally and is being held at the Rendezvous Hotel, Perth. The conference aims to provide an exciting and nurturing learning environment, acknowledging, inspiring and promoting personal and professional connections in the fostering sector and will present a unique opportunity to learn from, and alongside, family and general foster carers. The conference will have a strong focus on elevating the voice of the carer, both as an individual and a collective group. Find out more and register.

Policy and Advocacy 2-Day Intensive
Townsville - Wednesday, 16th to Thursday, 17th October

This 2-Day Intensive workshop by For Purpose will provide for purpose professionals with the opportunity to work alongside like-minded individuals to develop the critical skills required to navigate the policy development process and make change happen. Participants will learn how to to develop tailored advocacy strategies for their organisations with innovative tactics to achieve your desired policy outcomes. The workshop has been developed for people working in the not-for-profit of for purpose sector. It is for anyone seeking to influence government, particularly people working in policy, advocacy, government relations and communication roles. Find out more and register.

Visit our Events page for further opportunities in the sector.

Program Coordinator, Brisbane - Wellways

Wellways is seeking a full time Program Coordinator based in the Taringa office. Working with the Regional Manager, Southern QLD, the Program Coordinator is responsible for the day to day performance and development of Wellways' Consumer Directed Supports (CDS) offer within the Brisbane and Gold Coast regions. This position is also directly responsible for the recruitment, induction, development and support of the CDS team who deliver CDS services, including Support Workers, Support Coordinators, Customer Service Officers and Business Development Staff. Applications close Tuesday, 2nd July. Find out more and apply.

Project Officer - PeakCare Queensland

PeakCare Queensland is seeking a full time, fixed term (3 months) Project Officer to to work with the Assistant Director in developing the practice framework for the newly adopted Joint Agency Protocol to Reduce Preventable Police Call-outs to Residential Care Services. Expressions of interest close Friday, 5th July. Find out more and apply.

Child Safety Program Coordinator, Mackay - Wellways

Wellways is seeking a full time Child Safety Program Coordinator for the Mackay office. This role is responsible for the day to day performance and development of Wellways' Child Safety business within their part of the region. This includes, managing the quality of Child Safety service delivery, managing the reputation and profile of Wellways service delivery within the Child Safety program; managing the Child Safety budget and managing the Child Safety workforce. Find out more and apply.

Coordinator, Practice Governance - Centacare

Centacare Family and Relationship Services is seeking a full time (37.5 hrs per week) Coordinator, Practice Governance for a 12-month contract with possibility of extension. This position, reporting to the Manager of Practice Governance and Research, will provide and resource operations and regions regarding practice governance, service delivery and client risk management priorities within the framework of Centacare's mission, values and vision. The role is classified under SCHDSIA Award Level 7. Applications close 12pm Monday, 8th July. Find out more and apply.

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