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- Friday, 5th April 2019 -

Early this week, the Federal Government released what PeakCare regards as a YES BUT Budget. In an overall sense, YES it may be viewed by many as a good thing that the budget is being brought back into the black, BUT at what cost in missing opportunities to boost investment in essential social services?

YES the Government’s recognition of cost of living pressures and attempts to alleviate this through $158 billion of tax cuts may help many, BUT they will carry no discernible benefits to pensioners with no income or the unemployed who experience cost of living pressures more than most. This, of course, does little to alleviate the stress being experienced by parents and carers who are in this situation and struggling to care for their children safely and well.

Click here to read PeakCare’s commentary about the list of YES BUT budget items that we have generated. Enter your comments indicating if you agree or disagree with the items we have listed and perhaps add some items of your own.

In next week’s edition of eNews, we will publish PeakCare’s commentary about the Labor Opposition’s ‘alternative budget’ that was announced yesterday, Thursday 4th April.

Enrolments open for minimum qualifications for residential care workers

In previous editions we let you know that TAFE Qld is able to offer the attainment of the minimum Certificate IV qualification at greatly reduced cost due to generous support from the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training. Information sessions have been held across the state and you can view the presentation at those sessions here (pptx). Enrolments are being accepted now - click here to apply. With the course commencing in May now is a good time to enrol.

CREATE releases report on the 2018 survey of young people

The CREATE 2018 Out-of-home care in Australia report presents findings from a survey of 1,275 children and young people on their experiences. The survey found that 81% of respondents felt quite happy in their current placement, and that 93% felt safe and secure. The report highlights particular issues identified including barriers to participation in decision making; lack of support available in residential placements; and the need for better preparation for the transition to independence. The survey found that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people felt being connected to culture was very important, with an average rating of 76 out of 100 in importance. One-third of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people surveyed felt connected to culture, with one-third feeling only a little connected. Less than 18% of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people were aware of their cultural care plan. Access the report and view the infographic findings snapshots here.

SNAICC joins Joint Council on Closing the Gap

The Joint Council is a formal partnership agreement between the Federal Government, states, territories, and the National Coalition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peak Organisations, a group of 40 community-controlled Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peak bodies. The Joint Council will finalise the Refresh of the Closing the Gap Framework and monitor its implementation. The establishment of the Joint Council represents a historically significant relationship between governments and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples working in genuine collaboration. SNAICC will be represented on the Council by Chair Adjunct Professor Muriel Bamblett AO and Director and Co-Chair of the Family Matters Campaign Natalie Lewis. The Joint Council met for the first time on 27th March.

Release of 2018 AEDC identifies developmental vulnerabilities among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children

The Australian Early Development Census (AEDC) measures the development of Australian children across five domains in their first year of primary school. The 2018 data shows Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are 2.5 times more likely to be developmentally vulnerable on two or more domains, and 2 times more likely to be developmentally vulnerable on one or more domains. These measures show slight progress since 2015, alongside a small increase in the proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children on track in the social competence and emotional maturity domain. The largest gap continues to be the language and cognitive skills (school-based) domain, with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children nearly four times more likely to be developmentally vulnerable. Find out more by accessing the report.

Preventing sexual violence in Queensland - what are your ideas?

Queenslanders are called on to have their say on how to prevent sexual violence, with public consultation opening online and a series of local forums being held. Public submissions will be used to inform the development of a Sexual Violence Prevention Framework for Queensland. The Brisbane public forum will be held on Thursday, 18th April. Forums are being held in other locations throughout Queensland. Submissions are invited in two forms - answering an online survey on four themes identified in the background paper, and/or emailing written submissions to Young people up to age 25 years are encouraged to have a say on the Queensland Youth eHub to go into the draw to win one of ten JB Hi Fi vouchers.

Leadership opportunities for Indigenous young people

The 2019 Queensland Indigenous Youth Leadership Program provides the opportunity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders (18-25 years), from remote, regional and urban communities to develop leadership skills and learn how to make a change in their communities. This year it will be held in Brisbane from 29th June to 3rd July. Leadership skills development and community issues are a focus, and the objectives are specifically tailored to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders to work together to develop community project proposals to help address community issues and drive change. The program culminates in the one-day Eric Deeral Indigenous Youth Parliament delivered by Queensland Parliamentary Services, providing participants with a first-hand experience of democratic processes. The Office for Youth in partnership with Glencore Coal Assets Australia meets all reasonable travel, meals and accommodation expenses for participants attending the program. Applications close at 5pm Monday, 15th April. Young people can find more information and apply online.

Free election policy priorities webinar - upcoming episodes

This free series of webinars outlines some leading Australian organisations' policy priorities for the next Australian Government, put forward on behalf of Australia’s children and young people. Register for any or all of the election special webinars and hear what these organisations want for our country's future. Next up in the series is SNAICC (Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care), the national non-governmental peak body and national voice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children. SNAICC works for the fulfilment of the rights of our children, in particular to ensure their safety, development and well-being. The webinar will be delivered by SNAICC Chairperson Muriel Bamblett AO. Register here.


Don't forget to nominate for QCPW Awards

Queensland Child Protection Week (QCPW) runs from the first Sunday in September each year. Read more about plans for this year's Week In the Spotlight below, and don't forget to nominate your pick for the 2019 QCPW Awards in one of nine categories. The awards aim to recognise those within the sector and wider Queensland community who contribute significantly to child protection and the holistic wellbeing of children and families. Nominations close 31st May.

Funding available to assist transition to NDIS

Organisations are invited to apply via an open process for Transition Assistance Funding to purchase tailored supports including business advice, professional services and software upgrades to build the disability sector capacity and service provider readiness in the transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). Eligible organisations may apply for Transition Assistance Funding of up to $20,000 from the Australian Government to purchase these types of tailored supports. To find out more or apply, visit the funding website.

What's on in Queensland Youth Week 2019

Celebrate the positive contributions of young Queenslanders aged 12-25 years in making Queensland a better place to live by participating in Queensland Youth Week Wednesday, 3rd to Monday, 15th April. Among the events on will be a slam poetry workshop on Saturday, 6th April, and Thursday, 4th April will see the free Clarence Street Youth Music Event, as well as other live music events including Beats on Boats. The Museum of Brisbane will deliver silk screen printing workshops on Monday, 8th April, and the Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens will host a sure-to-be-interesting practical workshop on bush foods and useful plants on Tuesday, 9th April with a stroll through native bushland. To see what's on near you or to register your own event, visit the Queensland Government website.

The conviction and sentencing of George Pell

Have you read and considered PeakCare’s blog about the conviction and sentencing of George Pell? If ‘No’, click here. Have you read the comments entered in response to this blog? If ‘No’, click here. Have you entered in your own comments, anonymously if you prefer, in response to either the blog or the comments that have already been entered?  If ‘No’, click here.

Registrations NOW OPEN

Registrations for the National Child Protection Conference being co-hosted by PeakCare, the Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Protection Peak (QATSICPP) and the Child and Family Welfare Association of Australia (CAFWAA) are now open. This important conference forms part of Queensland’s BIG WEEK that will consist of not one, not two, but three big events:

  • National Child Protection Conference (24 & 25 June)
  • Advocacy Masterclass led by Professor Cindy Blackstock (26 June), and
  • QATSICPP Members’ Conference (27 & 28 June).

If you wish to also attend either the second or third of the BIG WEEK events- the Professor Cindy Blackstock Masterclass on 26th June and/or the QATSICPP Members’ Conference on the 27th and 28th June, click here.

SHAME FILE - shape up Queensland!

Thank you for the many submissions of abstracts for the Conference. PeakCare is loath to admit it, but Queensland is currently being outshone by some other States including, can you believe it, Western Australia! Shame! Visit the website to submit an abstract and your suggestions for the Conference Program by no later than COB Monday, 29th April.

Sponsorship opportunities now open

Encourage your organisation to join Child Wise, Churches of Christ Care, Foundations Care, Life Without Barriers, The Benevolent Society, and YCSS Child, Youth and Family Intervention Service in becoming a sponsor of this exciting event. Visit the website for the details about how your organisation can become a sponsor.

Why we all matter in child protection - Engaging with QCPW 2019

Child protection is everybody’s business. It’s the slogan we hear with familiar regularity, particularly during Queensland Child Protection Week (QCPW) that runs from the first Sunday in September each year. The purpose of the week is to highlight the importance of child protection in our state and remind every Queenslander that we all can play a role in ensuring children and young people and their families are safe, well and supported. Read more.

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

Speak Up (Level 1 and 2)
Brisbane - Monday, 15th to Tuesday, 16th April
Presented by CREATE and QATSICPP

In light of the release of findings from the 2018 CREATE Survey of young people with out-of-home care experiences in Australia, CREATE will be holding a workshop for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people with a care experience. Speak Up is an empowerment program for those aged 14-25 years that helps to: develop confidence and awareness, understand the care system and explore experiences, and learn how to work effectively as part of a team and improve communication. Day 1 will cover Level 1, which focuses on self-development and the importance of strengths-based communication. Day 2 builds on the skills covered in Level 1, rights and responsibilities, and how to use a voice effectively on a professional platform. On completion, participants have the opportunity to become a CREATE Young Consultant, which opens up future opportunities. View the brochure for more details on how the training can help young people, or to register a young person to attend, contact Andrew Foley on (07) 3317 6020 or

Effective Supervision for Supervisors - being the best you can be!
Brisbane - Thursday, 2nd May
Presented by Encompass Family and Community

Supervisors in the area of child, youth and family welfare commonly learn how to supervise solely through ‘on the job’ experience. Their main source of knowledge may be their own experiences of being supervised. This interactive one-day workshop helps supervisors in child and family welfare and youth services to understand supervision as a specific area of practice and to develop their practice skills in this area. Participants consider contemporary thinking and knowledge around supervision frameworks and models and are supported to use this in developing their supervision practice approach. Find out more and register

Focused Psychological Strategies for Social Workers
Brisbane - Thursday, 16th to Friday, 17th May
Presented by
Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW)

This two-day workshop will help participants understand how psycho-education, and motivational speaking, are useful with particular client groups. The workshop will examine theoretical ideas and explore practical applications of approaches to psychology such as emotional regulation, art therapy, mindfulness and meditation, cognitive behavioural therapy, and more. All sections will be framed by appropriate discussions and exercises. The workshop will be delivered by Ruth Crowley Brown. Find out more and register.

Parent morning tea - come by for a cuppa
Brisbane - Monday, 20th May
Presented by Family Inclusion Network

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. Lunch and afternoon tea will provided and transport is available if required. To RSVP, call 07 3013 6030, email or RSVP via Facebook. All conversation during the forum will be confidential and no representatives from the Department of Child Safety will be attending. 

Tough Conversations in Child Protection
Brisbane - Monday, 20th May
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.

Picture This 
Brisbane - Friday, 28th June
Presented by Compass Seminars

This workshop will open up the enormous possibilities and potential of the Genogram, a typically underutilised tool, as a process for both assessment, and intervention. Family diagrams (or Genograms) provide a picture of who a person is, where they come from, who matters in their life, and how they belong in the world; as well as providing a framework for understanding present stressors, past struggles and strengths and resources. A Genogram interview is a powerful assessment tool giving you more detailed understanding of case presentations and how to plan targeted interventions. This workshop will equip participants with an understanding of what genograms are and how they can assist in assessment, treatment planning, and potentially used as a therapeutic intervention in themselves. Find out more and register.

SNAICC - policy priorities for the incoming Australian government
Webinar - Wednesday, 10th April

This free series of webinars outlines some leading Australian organisations' policy priorities for the next Australian Government, put forward on behalf of Australia’s children and young people. Register for any or all of the election special webinars and hear what these organisations want for our country's future. Next up in the series on 10th April at 12pm is SNAICC (Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care), the national non-governmental peak body and national voice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children. SNAICC works for the fulfilment of the rights of our children, in particular to ensure their safety, development and well-being. The webinar will be delivered by SNAICC Chairperson Muriel Bamblett AO. Register here.

What is the NDIS and how do I access it?
Redcliffe - Thursday, 11th April

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) will be sponsoring a series of free information sessions about the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) throughout April. Carers Qld will be hosting a session on what the NDIS is and how it can be accessed from 9.30am at Encircle Redcliffe, 1 Lamington Drive, Redcliffe QLD. Register for the session. There are also a series of upcoming drop in sessions in various locations around Queensland that offer support in navigating the NIDS. To find out more about sessions in other locations in Queensland, visit the Events section of the NDIS website.

Helping Dad support Mum and bub
Webinar - Monday, 15th April

The Family Action Centre at the University of Newcastle in collaboration with Mission Australia will host this webinar presenting learnings from the SMS4dads project on helping fathers to better support their partners in the postnatal period. Presented by Richard Fletcher and Chris May, this webinar will draw upon their research with fathers and mothers on what support is needed to help address postnatal depression and anxiety to enable practitioners working with families to mobilise fathers in providing support to their families. Find out more and register.

NDIS - an honest conversation
Brisbane - Monday, 15th April

QUT Business School's Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies (ACPNS) is hosting the rare opportunity to join a conversation - in person or online - with those in the know about improvements made and improvements still needed in the rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). The free seminar will feature people with deep NDIS connection and experience and have the opportunity to put your thoughts and questions forward in a constructive and informed environment. The seminar will be facilitated by Emeritus Professor Myles McGregor-Lowndes and will hear from Alan Hough, Director at Purpose at Work and ACPNS alumnus, Paul Paxton-Hall, Director of Paxton-Hall Lawyers and specialist in nonprofit law, and more. For those who can't attend in person at the QUT Gardens Point campus, the seminar will also be streamed online for webinar access. Find out more and register.

Inclusion ready ILC workshop
Gold Coast - Tuesday, 16th April

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. Register now for the Gold Coast session, register for the upcoming Sunshien Coast session on Thursday, 18th April or find out more about other locations. 


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. Find out more and register to attend.


Visit our Events page for further opportunities in the sector.

DV Specialist Worker (Courts), BDVS - Micah Projects

Micah Projects is seeking 2 x DV Specialist Worker (Court) positions for the Brisbane Domestic Violence Service (BDVS). These positions work to ensure that people affected by domestic and family violence are safe and supported, and collaborate with Queensland Police officers and other stakeholders to assist with the safety, emotional, legal, and practical needs of people affected by domestic violence. Both positions are classified under the SCHADS Award at a Level 4, with one position offering a minimum of 30.4 hours per week, and the other position offers a minimum of 15.2 hours work per week. Find out more and apply. Applications close Wednesday, 10th April.

DV Specialist Worker (casual - rostered), BDVS - Micah Projects

Micah Projects is seeking 2 x DV Specialist Worker (casual - rostered) for the Brisbane Domestic VIolence Service (BDVS). This position is an after-hours crisis response to domestic violence. The DV Specialist Worker is responsible for providing a crisis response to individuals who have been referred to Safer Lives as victims of domestic violence primarily by DV Connect and Queensland Police. This is position is classified under the SCHADS Award at a Level 2. Find out more and apply. Applications close Friday, 12th April

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