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- Friday, 16th August 2019 -
On Tuesday, 27th August, Brisbane will provide the venue for the launch of Every Child, a national campaign to transform the way families, children and young people are supported in Australia. Every Child’s vision is of an Australia where every child can thrive and all families can gain the support, services and skills they need, when they need it.

Those who attended PeakCare’s SPEAK OUT! Symposium in November 2018 or the National Child Protection Conference co-hosted by the Child and Family Welfare Association of Australia, Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Protection Peak and PeakCare in June 2019 had the opportunity to hear about the Campaign during sessions presented at these events. The Brisbane launch provides further opportunity for you to find out more about the Campaign.

PeakCare warmly congratulates Dr Karen Struthers on her recent appointment to the position of the Every Child Campaign Coordinator. Karen is very well-known to Queensland’s human services services sector having previously served as a Minister for Community Services, Housing and Women where she was part of the COAG group that created the National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and their Children and the National Housing and Homelessness strategies. Karen has decades of experience at senior leadership levels and has championed gender equality both within the For Purpose Sector and government. Since completing her time in parliament, Karen has gained a PhD and has been running a consultancy business, principally in relation to domestic violence and youth engagement initiatives. PeakCare looks forward to our continued engagement with Karen as she works towards shaping and sharpening the Campaign and its strategies.

The event to launch the Campaign will be held at ABC Brisbane, 14 Grey Street, South Brisbane from 2pm to 4pm (arrive at 1.30pm). To indicate your interest in attending, please email info@everychild.co by no later than Tuesday, 20th August. The number of seats will be limited so make sure you make contact to express your interest in attending quickly.
Joint Agency Protocol for Reducing Preventable Police Callouts to Residential Care Services

PeakCare is pleased to advise that the Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women has funded a short term project position to advance the work already done to produce the protocol. Over a three month period Mr Will Kerkhof will be consulting with the residential care sector and key stakeholders to bring the protocol to life in the form of practice guidelines.

Will brings experience in residential care work, leadership and project work to the table and is keen to hear from organisations and individuals who can offer information and insights to assist to develop the guidelines. Workshops will be held and it is intended that these will focus on the strategies in the protocol and the positive and practical work that is being done at a local level that is leading to reduced police callouts. If you would like to be part of this exciting work please contact Will on wkerkhof@peakcare.org.au or 0404 863 075.


Next stage of reforms to the Child Protection Act - have you considered the options and had your say?

PeakCare encourages all eNews readers to read and consider the consultation paper released by the Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women, concerning the next stage of reforms to the Child Protection Act 1999. Proposed options for legislative change are detailed over three focus areas: reinforcing children’s rights in the legislation; strengthening children’s voices in decisions that affect them; and reshaping the regulation of care – the system for approving foster and kinship carers and licensing care service providers. The review is part of the decade-long reform agenda arising from the Queensland Child Protection Commission of Inquiry, as well as the recommendations of the Queensland Family and Child Commission’s Foster Care Review report, and the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. Comment is welcomed via written submissions or in response to the online survey, especially from children and young people with care experience, as well as their families, carers, service providers and staff. Public submissions close Friday, 6th September.
 

What makes Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people feel safe and cared for?

The annual Family Matters Report looks at what governments, organisations and communities across Australia are doing to ensure Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people grow up safe and cared for in family, community and culture. Family Matters wants to hear from proud Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people what they hope for and how community, organisations and governments can support them to achieve their potential - with comments being published in this year's Family Matters Report. Young people are invited to answer the question "What do you think is the most important thing we should all be doing to support young people like you to be happy and healthy and feel connected to your family, community, culture and country?" and send their answers to Nadeshda.Jayakody@snaicc.org.au by Friday, 30th August, along with details of their name, their background and where their mob is from, and their age.
 

Young carer education bursary applications closing soon

The Young Carers Network Bursary Program supports young carers to continue with their education. The program offers a limited number of bursaries of up to $3,000 each year for young carers at high school level and beyond, including a first undergraduate degree. Young carers are people up to 25 years old who provide unpaid care and support to a family member or friend with a disability, a physical or mental illness, a substance dependency, or who is aged. Applications will consider what difference the bursary will make to the young person's education. Applications close early September. Find out more and apply.


New women's service opened at Sunshine Coast

A new women's wellbeing service has been opened by the Queensland government on the Sunshine Coast to support women experiencing domestic violence to rebuild their lives. Laurel Place’s new Sunshine Coast Women’s Health and Wellbeing Service will offer longer-term support for women and their children recovering from experiences of domestic and family violence, including assistance to secure housing or re-enter the workforce, or accessing health services like drug and alcohol support, as well as offering counselling and parent support. 


New website supporting mental health

The Australian Government has launched a new website of resources and information about mental health. The website includes: practical advice, information on specific mental health conditions and disorders, advice for specific populations and at risk groups, advice on self-care while supporting others, a listing of key service providers, and more. Visit the Head to Health website.
 

Complaint handling guide for child-safe organisations

The National Office for Child Safety has published a complaints handling guide to support organisations in their capacity to ensure clear, child-focused and responsive processes in instances of complaints and concerns. The guide provides practical advice to organisations about how to develop, implement and maintain a complaint-handling system that prioritises child safety and promotes the rights of children and young people to have a voice in decisions that affect them. The guide contains nine guidelines (embedding children's rights, safety and wellbeing; reporting responsibilities; communicating with stakeholders; confidentiality and privacy;  managing risks; conducting investigations; being fair and objective; explaining outcomes and review options; and recordkeeping) addressing the key aspects of an effective complaint-handling process and system. Access the guide.


Community grants available for projects supporting migrants

The Scanlon Foundation’s annual community grants round for 2019 will fund projects that support the transition of migrants into employment or support practical English literacy. Projects should consider the experience of migrants and of receiving communities and aim to nurture positive outcomes. All submissions are also expected to empower new arrival communities and develop cross cultural connections. Expressions of interest can be made by DGR1 eligible organisations for grants of up to $25,000. Projects must be located in a recognised Local Government Areas outside Victoria - in Queensland this includes Brisbane, Inala, Ipswich, Logan, Rockhampton, or Townsville. Applications close Thursday, 12th September. Find out more and apply.
 

Supporting people with intellectual disability to improve their financial capability

People living with intellectual disability can face barriers when it comes to improving their money skills and making independent financial decisions. To help address this issue, ADA Australia has developed a series of free, short videos, titled Supporting Financial Decisions, offering those living with intellectual disability and their supporters a resource on the rights and the responsibilities associated with supported decision-making processes.


Federal government grants available to prevent attitudes supportive of violence 

The Department of Social Services (Department) is accepting applications from organisations for funding to deliver innovative primary prevention activities that involve men as positive role models to drive changes in the behaviours and attitudes that contribute to violence against women and children, as part of the Fourth Action Plan of the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022. The proposed activities will involve men to challenge the underlying social, economic and political conditions, as well as historical and cultural factors that allow violence, supportive attitudes and behaviours to thrive. Applications close Tuesday, 24th September. Find out more and apply.

The Department is also inviting applications for funding from organisations to develop and deliver innovative and community-led primary prevention activities that challenge violence-supportive attitudes and behaviours. Priority cohorts for this grant opportunity include:children and young people, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, women with disabilities, women living in rural and remote communities, culturally and linguistically diverse communities, and people with diverse sexual orientation, gender identity or intersex status. Applications close Wednesday, 9th October. Find out more and apply.

 

Have you been affected by Centrelink's RoboDebt?

People in Queensland who have been affected by Centrelink’s automated ‘RoboDebt’ recovery system are being called on to participate in a research project. QCOSS is partnering with the University of Queensland for the project, which will investigate the impact that RoboDebt has on people from a wide range of background, including professionals. It will also examine their perceptions of automated decision-making. People who are 18 years or over and have received a debt notice from Centrelink are invited to participate by contacting sosc3201robodebt@gmail.com or phone 0403 298 880.
 

ILC grants workshop for LGBTI organisations

Queensland AIDS Council (QuAC) and the Inclusion Ready Project invite key stakeholders to a free workshop to understand more about the Information Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) grants specifically for LGBTI organisations, mainstream organisations and members of the LGBTI community with disability, their families and carers. The workshop will help attendees to understand: the revised ILC strategy; the role of research and evaluation in the ILC grants; the grant structure and application process; what grant decision makers are looking for; and the benefits of inclusion and inclusive practices, services and projects Scenarios will focus specifically on successful ILC projects involving the LGBTI community and the benefits of partnership based applications. The workshop will be held Saturday, 17th August at 9.30am at the Queensland Aids Council, Brisbane. Find out more and RSVP.


Red shoes rock NOFASD photo competition

2019 marks the 20th anniversary of International FASD Awareness Day. NOFASD Australia is holding an animal photo competition, encouraging everyone in public and on social media to start conversations about Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder (FASD). To enter the competition simply post a photo of your animal in red shoes on Facebook with the hashtag #NOFASD. The winning photograph will receive a copy of the highly recommended book Trying Differently Rather than Harder by Diane Malbin, and a $50 gift voucher to Digital Journey Photography. Digital Journey’s photographs are captured by a talented young person who has FASD. Find out more.
 

National Child Protection Week Q&A Forum - hear from international speakers

NAPCAN's National Child Protection Week Q&A Forum is offering a rare opportunity to see Dr Nat Kendall-Taylor (CEO, FrameWorks Institute, US) discuss how the power of communication can create better outcomes for children. The Brisbane event will be held on Thursday, 5th September from 9.15am at Brisbane City Hall. The event will also feature Annette Michaux (Director, Parenting Research Centre) and local sector leaders. Find out more.

Equity in higher education - still a long way to go

This week's In the Read explores the issue of equity in higher education, and in particular highlights research around the challenges facing young people from disadvantaged backgrounds when accessing higher education. In a high OECD nation such as Australia, higher education access should be equitable to all. Yet, for young people from backgrounds that are low socioeconomic status, non-English-speaking, regional or remote, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, or students with disability, the literature shows that the decision to access university education is considered in light of perceived risks including poverty, accommodation insecurity and a lack of postgraduate employment certainty. Read more.

Each week, PeakCare publishes a ‘Thumbs Up’ and/or a ‘Thumbs Down’ about matters that have come to our attention and draw either our commendation or condemnation. If there are matters that you think are worthy of one or other of these acknowledgements, email lwegener@peakcare.org.au and we will consider publishing them.

Thumbs Up to Ms Lorraine Dupree who has now concluded her very lengthy term of employment with PeakCare. With over a decade spent working for PeakCare, Lorraine has become a very familiar face to many who work within Queensland’s child protection sector. Subscribers to eNews will know of Lorraine as the key author of our In the Spotlight articles. PeakCare extends our sincere appreciation to Lorraine for her many years of service to our organisation along with our very best wishes for the next phases in her career. Anyone who wishes to send a farewell message to Lorraine is invited to email your message to Annika Stehn (astehn@peakcare.org.au) who will then forward it on to Lorraine.

Child Safe Organisations
Jimboomba - Saturday, 17th August
Presented by NAPCAN

The National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (NAPCAN) is again delivering two free child protection workshops around Queensland. The first of these workshops is Child Safe Organisations, 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. A following session will be held in Rockhampton on Friday, 30th August. The second workshop, 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 Rockhampton on Friday, 30th and Saturday, 31st August. Find out more and register for either workshop throughout Queensland.
 

Tough Conversations for Frontline Staff
Brisbane - Tuesday, 20th August
Presented by Parentshop

Psychologist Michael Hawton and his team present a practical workshop for those at the frontline of a school, council or service organisation to manage difficult, emotional encounters with members of the public. This workshop provides the practical elements and skills for effectively dealing with offensive behaviour as it arises and what to say to defuse strong emotions. Attendees will see video examples of both poorly conducted conversations and, by contrast, more effective conversations. Find out more and register.
 

Tuning In to Acting Out: Responding to the behaviours and needs of young people
Brisbane - Thursday, 22nd August
Presented by Encompass Family and Community

This advanced workshop assumes that participants have a working knowledge of the impacts of disrupted attachment, trauma and loss upon young people in care or disengaged from family. We know that these issues underpin the often challenging behaviour of these young people. But how best to respond? This workshop takes a very practical approach to applying this theoretical knowledge in everyday work with troubled young people. It considers effective behaviour guidance, staying safe when behaviour is extreme, and responding to behavioural crises in ways which apply the evidence about ‘what works’ in addressing the underlying causes of the behaviour. Find out more and register.

 

Exploring Attachment in Couple Work
Brisbane - Thursday, 29th August

Presented by Australian Association of Social Workers

This half day workshop is designed to assist social workers, psychologists and counsellors to develop a better understanding of working with couples from an attachment framework.This is relevant for social workers who work therapeutically with couples. The education material in the presentation is based on theoretical knowledge Attachment specialists and The Circle of Security. Find out more and register.

 

Queensland Kinship Care Forum
Brisbane - Monday, 2nd September
Presented by PeakCareQueensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Protection Peak (QATSICPP), CREATE Foundation and Queensland Foster and Kinship Care (QFKC)

You are invited to the Queensland Kinship Care Forum. Keynote speakers at the Forum include Dr Lucy Peak, Chief Executive of Grandparents Plus, a national charity in England and Wales supporting both formal and informal kinship carers; and Meredith Kiraly, psychologist and Research Fellow in the Social Work Department at the University of Melbourne, whose specialty research area is kinship care. This forum is for kinship (relatives or extended family) carers, both where legal orders providing authority to care for a child exist or other informal family arrangements are in place, and government and non-government practitioners, policy makers and academics. Kinship carers attend free of charge. Find out more and register.


Oppositional, Defiant and Angry 
Brisbane - Thursday, 5th September

Presented by Compass Seminars

This dynamic workshop will address a full range of behavioural disturbances, from mild to severe, in order to identify the therapeutic and behavioural techniques that have proven effective. Participants will review and discuss strategies which can be immediately applied across a variety of settings including home, community, social groups, classrooms, or therapeutic. Participants will examine the intersection of ODD with a variety of issues such as trauma, ADD, autism spectrum, learning disabilities, bipolar disorder, and depression and discuss how these issues affect and alter treatment decisions. Participants will leave this workshop with a much improved diagnostic intervention and treatment and treatment approach to ODD and other behavioural related disorders. 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. The full program is now live and discounted early-bird registration rates are available until Thursday, 15th 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.

Community Door information and feedback session
Logan - Tuesday, 20th August 

The QCOSS Community Door website is being redesigned and QCOSS is seeking feedback from Community Door users on what they want out of the new website. An open information session is also being held in Brisbane on Thursday, 29th August for input, and each attendee will receive a $50 voucher for their organisation.


Tenancy Skills Institute Launch
Mt Isa - Friday, 23rd August

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 for the Mt Isa region with a free information session. Find out more and register.


Micah Moonlight Dinner Dance
Brisbane - Friday, 23rd August

The 16th annual Micah Moonlight Dinner Dance will be held at the Plaza Ballroom, Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. 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!
 

NDIS Workforce Research Forum
Townsville - Tuesday, 27th August

Hear the latest research on the NDIS in the Townsville region at this free event and learn strategies to solve your workforce problems. This session explores the WorkAbility Queensland research project, a partnership with CQUniversity, CSIRO’s Data 61 and Global Community Resourcing, investigating the workforce demands, and skills and training needs arising from the implementation of the NDIS across the state. The research project takes a deep dive into six NDIS regions, and this forum will present findings from the Townsville research report and explore practical solutions to local workforce needs. Find out more and register or find out more and register for the Mackay session on Wednesday, 28th August.
 

Home Stretch Symposium
Sydney - Tuesday, 27th to  Wednesday, 28th August

Join friends and colleagues for this monumental event - the first ever Australian symposium on extending care to 21 years. The Home Stretch Symposium will bring together policy developers, stakeholders and implementers to explore and discuss the challenges and complexities associated with introducing the policy of extending care to 21 years. These discussions will be informed by international and national experts in this policy area. The packed two-day program will cover topics including: what extending care to 21 means for young people and carers, different models being used nationally and internationally, the challenges, enablers and experience of implementation, and policy progress in extending care by governments in Australia. Find out more and register.
 

Gender identity protections seminar
Brisbane - Wednesday, 28th August 

Better understand how the Anti-Discrimination Act (1994) and the new Queensland Human Rights Act (2019) offer protection for those with diverse gender identity. Everyone is welcome to this free seminar, from 6pm to 7.30pm at Level 7 of the Queensland Children's Hospital. The event will feature Amy Webster, the lead trainer for gender diversity and gender identity at the Human Rights Commission of Queensland. Find out more.
 

Legal and Practical Response to Child Abuse QLD-specific
Brisbane - Wednesday, 28th August

This course by In Safe Hands - Educators in Safety assists educators, organisations and individuals in Queensland to comply with their National Quality Framework and other legislative requirements and meet duty of care obligations regarding child protection. It is designed to be used for induction of new staff, and as a foundation or refresher course for those who have not completed recent child protection training. Find out more and register.


North Queensland Child Protection Symposium
Townsville - Friday, 30th August

NAPCAN and the Queensland government present this free one-day symposium aimed at changing the conversation around child protection in North Queensland. This symposium is for all government and non-government agencies and workers who have an interest in child protection in the community. Guest speakers: Dr Suzanne Packer AM, pediatrician and children’s rights advocate, and Professor Ben Mathews, Principal Research Fellow at QUT School of Law. Find out more and register.


Parenting in Australia for multicultural families
Logan - Friday, 30th Brisbane

This is a free workshop by Relationships Australia QLD for parents of multicultural backgrounds to support raising healthy children. This workshop is intended for parents from multicultural backgrounds to: provide support and increase confidence of parents to raise competent children; and connect with other parents in a safe and supportive learning environment. The course will examine: why cultural practices and beliefs are important and how parents and carers can pass them on to their children; reducing conflict in the family by promoting harmony; Australian laws on domestic and family violence and ensuring safe child rearing methods, and more. Find out more and register.
 

QCOSS Skilling Queenslanders for Work tips and tricks
Webinar - Wednesday, 4th September

Need help writing successful grant or funding applications? Looking for tips to make your funding applications stand out? Want to know more about Skilling Queenslanders for Work and how to apply for funding? Attend this free QCOSS tender writing webinar to find out about: how to best answer the assessment criteria, key pitfalls and common mistakes to look out for, and much more. Find out more and register.
 

Blue Card Services information session
Brisbane - Wednesday, 4th September

This is a general information session which provides an overview of an employer/business operator’s obligations under the blue card system and an opportunity to clarify any issues regarding the blue card application or assessment process. Find out more and register.
 

Talking about parenting: Launch of a new resources to support support practitioners
Melbourne - Wednesday, 4th September

This free event is underpinned by recent research from the FrameWorks Institute highlighting the importance of the way we talk about parenting. Starting conversations with a focus on child development and what children need can set us on the right track when talking with parents. The event will launch a new resource to support practitioners in adopting the recent research and will be of interest to organisations working with children and families, including management, practitioners and communications staff. Find out more and register.


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.

Working with refugees
Brisbane - Wednesday, 11th September

Multicultural Development Australia will deliver this one-day workshop full of practical skills to enhance the services you provide to people from refugee backgrounds within the welfare and services sector. This program addresses service delivery challenges including: understanding and communicating with clients from diverse refugee backgrounds; responding appropriately to needs specific to people from refugee backgrounds; helping people from refugee backgrounds regain their independence, and more. Find out more and register.
 

Putting children first: Changing how we communicate with parents to improve children’s outcomes
Webinar - Wednesday, 11th September

It can be challenging for practitioners to know how to best communicate with parents in ways that resonate with their experiences and support them in their parenting role. This free webinar by Child Family Community Australia will discuss new research on effective ways to talk about parenting. It will introduce new tools to help put children first in our conversations about parenting, and outline practical steps to help apply this child-centred approach in practice. The webinar will also feature case examples to illustrate how this approach has been applied in various ways, including in early childhood settings, youth-serving organisations, out-of-home care services, and rural and remote communities. This webinar will interest practitioners, service/program managers and policy makers who work with parents and children. 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 to ensure 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.


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.


Introduction to the Anti-Discrimination Act
Brisbane - Wednesday, 23rd October

The Anti Discrimination Commission is now known as the Queensland Human Rights Commission (QHRC). The QHRC will be offering training sessions around Queensland's new Human Rights Act, including in Brisbane. The Introduction to Anti-Discrimination Act training course provides a basic introduction to the key elements of anti-discrimination law in Queensland. No previous knowledge is needed. Find out more about the training. Sessions are available in other cities throughout the state.


Transition to Adulthood Month Launch
Brisbane - Tuesday, 7th November

November is Transition to Adulthood (T2A) month. It is a month to highlight the needs of young people as they make the journey from the care system to adulthood, experiencing positive outcomes along the way. CREATE will be hosting the free Transition to Adulthood Month Launch at The Old Museum in Bowen Hills, Brisbane. The event will feature a presentation, speeches, performances, virtual reality tent, resource stalls, inflatables and much more. RSVP to the event and visit the CREATE website for more information on T2A and how you can get involved in supporting young people transitioning to success.
 

ACOSS National Conference 2019
Canberra - Tuesday, 26th to Wednesday, 27th November

Early bird tickets are now available for the ACOSS National Conference 2019: Harnessing Community through Effective Action. The Conference will focus on a number of cross-cutting themes, including: how can we harness the power of local community action to influence national policy debates? How should we speak about poverty and inequality to galvanise action, while empowering those who are excluded? How do we bridge the divide between urban and rural communities to deliver better policy outcomes for all? Register before Wednesday, 31st July to secure your place at a discounted rate! Find out more and register.


In conversation with Prof Leigh Goodmark
Brisbane - Wednesday, 4th December

Join ANROWS at the Banco Court for an evening with international domestic and family violence law expert Leigh Goodmark, interviewed by the ABC’s Paul Barclay. Professor Goodmark is Director of the Gender Violence Clinic at the University of Maryland’s Carey School of Law. She will be discussing her new book, Decriminalizing domestic violence: A balanced policy approach to intimate partner violence. Save the date and keep an eye on future issues of ANROWS Notepad for registration and more details.


Visit our Events page for further opportunities in the sector.

Support and Advocacy Worker (Find and Connect), Lotus Place - Micah Projects

Micah Projects is seeking a permanent, full time Support and Advocacy Worker (Find and Connect) for the Lotus Place service, with a minimum of 38 hours of work available per week, for a and is classified under the SCHADS Award at a Level 4. The objective of the role is to provide an initial response, ongoing assistance and support to people who experienced childhood abuse in institutional settings who are searching for (or may have located) their records of care or other personal history searches. Find out more and apply. Applications close 5pm Monday, 19th August.

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