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 chapter has been penned in Queensland’s reconciliation story to kick-start this year’s National Reconciliation Week which runs from 27 May to 3 June. Deputy Premier, Treasurer and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships Jackie Trad...
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The Queensland Anti-Cyberbullying Taskforce has launched consultation to seek community views about how to prevent and respond to cyberbullying of young people up to the age of 15. The Taskforce has invited submissions and is holding public forums and roundtable consultation meetings across the...
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The vision for Family Matters Week of Action campaign is that all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people grow up safely in their home, receive a good education, and grow up healthy and proud of who they are. The theme for the 2018 Family Matters National Week of Action is...
Young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people across Queensland can now apply to participate in this year’s Queensland Indigenous Youth Leadership Program (QIYLP). The program is an opportunity for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to develop leadership skills and learn about...
Nominations are now open for stories celebrating the achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women leading in business. Successful applicants will have their stories showcased in an e-book titled Because of Her, We Can to be launched during NAIDOC Week 2018. The e-book is being...
Did you know community based organisations can apply for funding to employ a trainee within your organisation? Funding is still available under the First Start program in 2017-18 for not-for-profit organisations to offer opportunities to young people and disadvantaged job seekers to gain nationally...
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Queensland Government media release The 10th Closing the Gap Report has identified that Queensland is making progress on a number of targets including improved health and education outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders. Deputy Premier, Treasurer and Minister for...
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The Closing the Gap Strategy released in 2008 says it will achieve equality in health and life expectancy between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and non-Indigenous people by 2030. The 2018 progress report has revealed the government is still not on track to address gaps in life...
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The National Indigenous Women's Wellbeing Conference 2018 is hosted by Indigenous Conference Services (Australia) 13-15 June, in Cairns. The aim of the conference is to provide a platform for Indigenous women’s wellbeing, bringing together health professionals to exchange knowledge and information...
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Blue Card Services has recently released new video and radio play resources to assist remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to better understand and dispel myths about the blue card system. We are all working together to keep kids safe and through these resources Blue Card...

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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...
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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Embrace training for kindergarten educators
Author: 
Cherie Lamb, Queensland Council of Social Service

The EMBRACE Culture in Kindy Program aims to increase kindergarten participation for children from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse backgrounds in Queensland.

Our ‘Embracing cultural diversity in...

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Author: 
Shelley Dunlop, QCOSS

Last week on 17 October 2014 the QCOSS State Conference - Building strength was held at the Convention and Exhibition Centre in Brisbane.

The program aimed to build on the strengths already existing within Queensland’s strong and resilient community service sector, as well...

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Author: 
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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