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Phillip Brooks

Phillip Brooks

Commissioner

Phillip Brooks is the Commissioner at the Queensland Family and Child Commission (QFCC) and joined in October 2017. Phillip has held an esteemed career in the child, youth and family support portfolio in Queensland and began working for the Queensland Government 17 years ago as an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Police trainee in Innisfail with the Queensland Police Service.

Phillip is a descendant of the Bidjara Tribe (Great Grandfather), the Kairi Tribe (Great Grandmother), and the Ducabrook Clan located at Springsure Central Queensland. Although growing up he spent the majority of his time living in Townsville North Queensland, as a result Phillip is deeply invested to responding in ways that support and enable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and communities to exercise their responsibilities and to heal, grow and prosper.  As Commissioner, Phillip is well placed to provide support and advice to the Principal Commissioner in respect to the Child, Family and Youth Justice Reform’s ensuring better outcomes for Queensland young people and families.

Previous Positions:

  • North Queensland Regional Director, Child Family and Community Service, Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services
  • Executive Director, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Families, Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services
  • Director, Child and Family Reform, Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services
  • Director, Regional Operations Centre, Department of Communities
  • Officer in Charge, Charleville District, Queensland Police Service
  • Manager, Child Safety Service Centre
  • Manager, Youth Justice Service Centre

Phillip’s Key achievements include:

  • 2010 – Director, Government Coordination Qld Government forming up of the Regional Operations Centre in conjunction with federal government under the Closing the Gap strategy
  • 2014 – Director, Child and Family reforms co-designing the $150m State-wide Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander integrated services under the Child Safety reforms. This procurement was targeted to only Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community controlled organisations
  • 2016 - Executive Director, leading and designing the ‘Our Way’ Strategy, A generational strategy for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families. Reflected in the strategy are the views and voices of many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders, community members and non-government organisations. 'Our Way'