The Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors has been established as a stand-alone department within the Queensland Government.

The Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors, formally commenced operating in its new structure last week with central office staff transitioning their reporting arrangements to the new department. Our regional staff will transition their reporting arrangements during April, when we will become one consolidated team working together to deliver quality, targeted support to our customers and stakeholders. Our focus will be on providing services across the state with an emphasis on Thriving Communities and taking a ‘place’ approach.

I am pleased to share with you the new high level departmental structure, where you can see the configuration of our organisation.

We are working on the development of a new strategic plan outlining the Department’s priorities to make sure that Queensland communities are engaged and empowered and can thrive. Our plan will focus on issues that are of importance to each community – not a one size fits all approach. We will work in partnership with sector stakeholders.

The plan will outline how the Department will enable Queenslanders of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to participate and enjoy social and economic wellbeing. We look forward to sharing this with you in the near future.

The way we have come together during our recent (and ongoing) Community Recovery efforts following the recent cyclones, flooding and significant rainfall events across the state, shows the commitment of the community sector and the Department, along with colleagues, neighbours, families and friends to ensure vulnerable Queenslanders can get back on their feet quickly. We simply could not do it without you.

We look forward to working with you to continue to make a positive difference in the lives of Queenslanders.

Clare O'Connor
Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors

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