Welcome to Community Door's resources on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities.

Across key social and economic indicators Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Queensland consistently experience the highest level of disadvantage. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are over-represented in the justice and child protection systems, they experience lower educational and training attainment, have lower incomes and higher unemployment rates, and experience a higher burden of poor health and injury across all of the life-stages.

Find more information on mental health issues affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

This section of Community Door provides access to organisations working in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander space, along with useful information and resources.

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Queensland Government media release A new Family Wellbeing Service now underway in the Cairns region will strengthen support for vulnerable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and communities. Minister for Child Safety Fentiman visited the WuChopperen Health Service in Manoora today (11...
NAIDOC 2017 Our Languages Matter
Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) has explored Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages as part of NAIDOC Week 2017's theme Our Languages Matter . They have created a film featuring greetings in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages and they talk about the origins of...
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Each year, NAIDOC Week celebrations highlight the rich and diverse culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, the First Australians. NAIDOC Week celebrations and community events are a great opportunity for all Queenslanders to come together and acknowledge the history, culture and...
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The Queensland Government is committed to establishing a three-year $6 million Empowering Families Innovation Fund to generate and support new programs and initiatives that reduce the disproportionate representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in the child protection system...
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Queensland Government media release Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced award recipients for the 2017 Queensland Reconciliation Awards at a ceremony in Cairns last night. The Premier said the awards recognised community organisations, educational institutions and initiatives that are taking a...
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Queensland Government media release Local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander groups can join the fight against youth crime, with tender applications now open for funding to deliver cultural mentoring in Townsville. Minister Assisting the Premier on North Queensland Coralee O’Rourke said this was...
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The Queensland Government yesterday launched Our Way, a new strategy to improve the safety and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, including addressing their over-representation in the child protection system. Minister for Child Safety Shannon Fentiman said the $162.8...
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Each year National Reconciliation Week (#NRW2017) celebrates achievements in our journey towards reconciliation with events held nationwide. Held annually, from 27 May to 3 June, NRW is bookended by important milestones: 50 years the 1967 referendum and 25 years since the Mabo decision. This year's...
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Queensland Government media release The Torres Strait community will come together over two days to find new ways to tackle domestic and family violence in the region. Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence Shannon Fentiman said it was fantastic to see the community taking the...
The Family Matters National Week of Action from 14-20 May will highlight the fundamental issues that affect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children. Family Matters is a national campaign to eliminate the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in the child...

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Selwyn Button is the CEO of the Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council. Speaking at the QCOSS conference in September 2013, he talks about how organisations can engage with community controlled organisations. He challenges the notion that community engagement is the same as community...
Wally Tallis discusses what culturally appropriate and effective service is for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. He presents five essential steps to developing cultural capability within your organisation. Wally is the Acting Executive Director, Program and Regional Operations,...
The Indigenous Governance Toolkit is an online resource developed for Indigenous nations, communities, individuals and organisations searching for information to build their governance. It covers all the basics – your rules, values, culture, membership, leadership, and decision making – and has...
The National Indigenous Alcohol and Drug Conference (NIDAC) held in 2012 in Fremantle, Western Australia announced a number of important developments, but one which we think deserves particular mention is the launch of 'The Handbook for Aboriginal Alcohol and Drug Work'. This guide has been written...
The Valuing Organisational Improvement and Community Excellence (VOICE) resources on Community Door contain a large range of forms, templates, sample policies, etc. FIND OUT MORE : www.communitydoor.org.au/voice
There has been significant progress in the availability and quality of statistical information on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples over the last decade in Australia. Specific surveys of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are being conducted regularly to address information...
The 'Indigenous Family Violence' web resource is a 'one stop shop' for people working, studying or interested in addressing family violence among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The website provides information and resources on prevention and/or minimisation of the...
This resource produced by the Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research provides a ready reference on reliable recent statistics on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander family violence with a particular focus on Queensland. It is primarily an overview of the ‘facts and figures’...
This report was developed following consultations with over 750 children and young people and over 100 organisations and subject matter experts, as well as liaison with the Australian Federal Government and the Australian Human Rights Commission.

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Author: 
Shelley Dunlop, QCOSS

The Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Care (SNAICC) has developed a detailed and easy to use resource to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community organisations in applying for endorsement as a...

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May Kabay, Indigenous Professional Support Unit, QCOSS

First and foremost I would like to acknowledge the First Nations People of Australia.  I acknowledge and pay respect to those past, and those who still walk our beautiful mother earth whose connections give spiritual, united and cultural significance to all Indigenous Peoples of Australia...

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Tiffany Tento, Queensland Council of Social Service

There has been a great growth in the number of successful Indigenous entrepreneurs and community-based enterprises across Australia over the last decade. The estimated number of self-employed Indigenous people has risen from 4,600 in 1991 to 12,500 in 2011. These initiatives are creating...

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