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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Family Matters Queensland will be holding a community screening of Cherbourg Women - My Struggle, My Fight on 19 May 2018. The event will be part of Family Matters National Week of Action, 14-20 May, 2018. It will commence with a Welcome to Country and Traditional Dancers and will conclude with a Q...
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Queensland Government media release Forty community celebrations will be funded by the Palaszczuk Government through the new Celebrating Reconciliation Small Grants Program. Deputy Premier and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships Jackie Trad today announced the first...
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The Queensland Family and Child Commission is holding its fifth Research in the Round forum to be held in Townsville, on 7 June 2018. This forum has an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander focus, with the theme of Family wellbeing and loss of identity. All presenters, panel members and the...
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...
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The Workforce Council has a suite of cultural change workshops, designed and delivered in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, to build organisational culture, capability, practice and policy. As the peak body for the health and community services workforce, the Workforce...
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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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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Nandjimadji art group
Author: 
Shelley Dunlop, QCOSS

You can now access a series of resources that showcase best practice HACC Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander service delivery models. 

The three booklets tell the stories of innovative and positive service delivery practices that meet the cultural needs of their...

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...

Peter Kenyon
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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Author: 
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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