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- Friday, 18th December 2020 -

PeakCare Awards – Voting lines are well and truly open

Within a couple of hours of opening the voting lines for our PeakCare Awards earlier this week, more than 100 people entered their votes and the number has been rapidly growing ever since. Make sure that you enter votes for your preferred candidates and encourage your colleagues and friends to do the same.

PeakCare has also been inundated with inquiries from people wanting to know how they can cast their votes. All is explained by visiting our website and clicking on the scrolling red words that appear on our homepage. Better still, you can join us in advising these people to subscribe to our eNews – instructions for subscribing are also included on the homepage.

The Award categories are:


Award sponsor: To be announced

To be awarded to an individual, workgroup, organisation, alliance or collective for innovative or exemplary design or delivery of services to Queensland children, young people, parents and/or families.

Click here to read the nomination statements for The SIC Award.

Award sponsor: Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Protection Peak

To be awarded to an individual, workgroup, organisation, alliance or collective for their recognition and promotion of self-determination by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in relation to the safety and wellbeing of their children, young people and families.

Click here to read the nomination statements for The DEADLY Award.

Award sponsor: Every Child Campaign

To be awarded to an individual, organisation, alliance or collective for their advocacy and influence in achieving improved outcomes for Queensland children, young people, parents and families.
Click here to read the nomination statements for The WOKE Award.

Award sponsor: Department of Children, Youth Justice and Multicultural Affairs

To be awarded to an individual for their lifetime contribution to the wellbeing of Queensland children, young people, parents and families.

Click here to read the nomination statements for The LEGEND Award.


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PLEASE NOTE: You MUST vote for candidates in all four categories. Within each category, you MUST select your first preference, second preference and third preference. You are not permitted to select the same person as your first, second and third preference – they MUST be different candidates.

Voting closes COB Friday, 5th of February 2021. Your votes count towards 50% of the votes. The remaining 50% will be determined by an esteemed judging panel. Recipients of the awards will be announced during PeakCare’s AGM and start-of-year celebrations to be held in early 2021.

Hope and Healing for foster care - thank you

PeakCare would like to express our deepest appreciation to all the foster carers and agency staff who attended our first consultation workshop held in December. The knowledge, experience and passion that was shared with us, has again highlighted the importance of this project in creating trauma informed, therapeutic training specifically for foster carers. Due to the successful rollout of the Hope and Healing training for residential care workers, PeakCare has received funding to adapt the trauma informed therapeutic practice framework and develop a training program for Queensland foster carers and their support workers. Further consultation workshops will be starting in February 2021 where we will be travelling to other regions to ensure that we are able to hear the voices of as many foster carers, support workers and agency staff in what we know is an extremely rewarding but challenging role. Post workshop reports will be provided to all our participants and other stakeholders throughout our consultation process and we will also be in touch mid 2021 for testing and feedback of the modules as they are developed.

Options Paper released for National Commissioner for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people 

SNAICC has released an Options Paper to showcase models for a National Commissioner for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children and Young People (National Commissioner). The paper considers additional models to the human rights approach which was the focus of the 2019 SNAICC Position Paper on establishment of a National Commissioner. The Options Paper assesses existing national and international commissioner roles against the United Nations Principles Relating to the Status of National Human Rights Institutions and identifies the strongest models of compliance with the standards, as well as best practice elements, challenges and limitations of existing models, and a proposed best practice model. View the Options Paper.

CREATE receives new national grant to strengthen youth advocacy 

CREATE Foundation is one of eight youth organisations in receipt of a new grant to support the voices of young Australians. The funded groups will act as a youth advocacy network with projects across regional, rural and remote communities, focusing on supporting marginalised young Australians including those with a disability, those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, young carers, young people with mental illness and the gender diverse. PeakCare congratulates CREATE and looks forward to hearing more about project progress in 2021. Read more about the organisations in receipt of the grants via the government's media release.

Free webinar series for supporting women from CALD backgrounds experiencing DFV

The Healthy Relationships: Know your rights - A multicultural perspective webinar series is a series of three webinar recordings for developing cultural competency and related skills to support women from CALD backgrounds experiencing domestic and family violence, coercive control, and sexual violence. The webinars explore what intimate partner and family violence is in a CALD context, what cultural competency looks like, what particular barriers women from refugee and migrant backgrounds face when seeking help, and how to best offer support and access to justice.

New evaluation quick guides

ANROWS has released an evaluation quick guide series for those conducting evaluations in the violence against women (VAW) sector, including programs and services that prevent and respond to domestic and family violence and sexual violence. The series provides tips, advice and examples for those applying evaluation concepts, frameworks and skills, as well as links to further resources. Access the guides

Workability Queensland management training

The Department of Education, Small Business and Training, in partnership with WorkAbility Queensland (QCOSS, Community Services Industry Alliance and NDS) is funding places for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Health Organisations to complete a Diploma of Leadership and Management. The fully funded online course is designed to enhance management capabilities and help build tomorrow’s NDIS Workforce. Expressions of interest close 18th January 2021 and can be directed to Julie Allen, QCOSS, via email to Find out more.

Queensland grants for DFSV support

Queensland Government one-off grants are now open to assist the frontline sexual, domestic and family violence sector in implementing projects that address additional impacts and challenges posed by COVID-19. Initiatives will need to be delivered by the end of December 2021. Applications close 5pm, Sunday 28th February 2021. Access the 2020 Grant Information and Application Guidelines for further information about applicant eligibility, selection criteria and requirements. Applications can be submitted here.

National survey for practitioners supporting children's mental health

The National Workforce Survey for Family, Parent and Child Mental Health conducted by Emerging Minds, is seeking to understand the awareness and challenges facing professionals in supporting children’s mental health in their everyday practice. All professionals who work with adults who might be parents, as well as family focused services and/or services reaching children are being sought to understand the current workforce capacity to support child mental health. The survey takes 15 minutes to complete and all participants will go into the draw to win an iPad. Find out more and take part.

Survey for residential renters on COVID impacts

Tenants Queensland is conducting a survey for residential renters during 2020 on COVID impacts they have experienced this year. The survey aims to collect high quality data on the impacts of COVID-19 on residential renters in Queensland to provide a foundation for future research and policy development. The survey takes around 15 minutes to complete and respondents can go into the draw for the chance to win one of four $50 Coles Group and Myer gift cards. Find out more and take part.

Child Care Subsidy Helpdesk closing from 24 December to 4 January

The Child Care Subsidy Helpdesk will close from 12.30pm Thursday, 24th December to 9am Monday, 4th January 2021. Data submitted to the Child Care Subsidy System will be processed throughout this period. Any service which is closing, or changing operating hours over the holiday period must notify the helpdesk within 14 days. Until 31st December, out of pocket fees for families enrolled in a service which is closed as a result of COVID-19 under a public health directive can be waived. However, families are not entitled to a Subsidy for the days the service is closed over a Christmas shutdown period if services make a business decision to charge families. Find out more information for services and families about the holiday period.

Last eNews edition of 2020

PeakCare wishes to thank eNews readers and subscribers for their sustained input, engagement and support over what has been a very complex and challenging year. This will be the final eNews edition for 2020. eNews will return in January 2021, with an optimistic focus on opportunities in a hopefully auspicious new year. Warm wishes and good health to all readers and their families and loved ones.

GIGANTIC THUMBS UP to the ACT Government for deciding to change its youth justice laws and raise the age of criminal responsibility!  It’s time for the Queensland Government to follow their lead.  The precedent has now been set. Join PeakCare in supporting the national Raise The Age campaign and sign the Raise The Age petition.


Supervision: Unpacking Practice
Webinar - Wednesday, 13th and 20th January 2021
Presented by Lighthouse Resources

In your role as supervisor or supervisee do you aspire to having conversations that enable you to reflect and make decisions about your own practice? These Zoom sessions on consecutive Wednesdays will offer workers, whether they are supervisors, supervisees or both an opportunity to explore ways of having conversations that centre the knowledge and expertise of the supervisee. In doing so the supervisee has the opportunity to build on what they know and the supervisor has a tool to make this possible. Find out more and register.

Solution Focused Leadership
Brisbane - Monday, 15th to Tuesday, 16th February 2021

Presented by Compass Seminars

The Solution Focused Leadership approach focuses on solutions rather than concentrating on how to solve the problem, meaning your organisation's time and focus is spent on developing action steps towards solutions or your clients' improved outcomes. This workshop is about outcomes - how we construct them, how we achieve them and how we can lead others to make better ones. Find out more and register.

SNAICC National Conference 2021
Gold Coast - Monday, 30th August to Thursday, 2nd September 2021

The 9th SNAICC National Conference, Our Children Matter: Innovative Approaches to New World Challenges will be held in the lands of the Yugambeh People. Key themes will focus on the impacts of COVID-19 on communities, child safety and wellbeing, early years and the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people. This conference is the largest of its type in the Southern Hemisphere and provides the opportunity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations, policy makers, researchers, practitioners, government representatives, other non-government organisations and industry representatives to gather to share their work, learn from one another and make renewed commitments to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children. Abstract submissions are now open until 19th February 2021 across five themes and numerous presentation types.

ANROWS National Research Conference on Violence Against Women and their Children
Online - Monday, 1st to Friday, 5th March 2021

This online symposium will explore how policymakers, practice designers and practitioners are using evidence to understand, respond to and prevent violence against women and their children. Early bird registrations open today and include a discount of up to 33% on the price of registration. The symposium will offer sessions spread over five days and use specialised conference technology to encourage mutual learning and connections, provide flexible attendance options and ensure you have a chance to truly contribute and share ideas. Find out more and register.

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