Working with Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander organisations & communities

The QFCC is passionate about working together with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and organisations across the child protection and family support sector.

We’re committed to helping address the issue of over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in the child protection system.

Over the past few years, we’ve held consultations, roundtables and met one-on-one with representatives from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations who support children and families all over Queensland, to listen to their feedback and talk about how we can improve the sector.

This has helped us build on our understanding and inform the way we do things. It was also a very important step in developing the QFCC’s Strengthening our sector strategy (PDF, 288KB)

Working together means we can help improve outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families across the state. 

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Shaping a more sustainable system 

The QFCC has been working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled Organisations (CCOs) to help shape a more sustainable child and family support system. 

By doing this, it’s helping us to understand how the system needs to change to help them grow and flourish.

We’re working with CCOs to identify what support is needed to help them with business planning and workforce development, and we’re also showcasing their achievements to the rest of the sector.

Stakeholder engagement began in Rockhampton and surrounding communities in 2017 and we’ve continued to build momentum in 2018.

Through discussions, regional visits and workshops we’ve gained valuable insights from stakeholders across government and regulatory and peak bodies. 

This has helped in planning the next steps of the journey, including engagement across urban and remote communities, a co-design process, and reviews of existing investment to work out priorities.

Stakeholders from across the sector attended a workshop in March 2018, hosted by the QFCC and Public Service Commission Community Insights Team.

Cultural capability and workforce planning

Being respectful of culture is critical to delivering positive outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families.

We’re working to develop an inherent understanding and ability to work with local culture, through workforce planning and development – so culture becomes intrinsic in everything we do.

Providing services that are culturally appropriate means a lot to Queenslanders, as it shows greater empathy, compassion and acceptance. Ultimately, if services are tailored to individuals and families, then it can lead to better outcomes for them.

We’ve been working to develop a greater understanding and appreciation of culture among organisations in the sector, so the workforce is better equipped with cultural knowledge (otherwise known as cultural capability).

With the support of the QFCC, the Health and Community Services Workforce Council has developed a program called Walking Together, which aims to help organisations plan for and build a culturally capable workforce. It’s delivered in partnership with local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders, carefully weaving through their cultural knowledge, experience and perspectives.

The Walking Together program encourages strong relationships between organisations and the community so they can work together, make real impacts and bring about positive change.

Improving shared cultural understanding will also help organisations to become an employer of choice and potentially attract more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff.

Career promotion project 

The QFCC is developing a career promotion strategy aiming to attract Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, as well as young people with a lived experience of out-of-home care, to work in the child and family support sector.

The strategy will build jobseeker awareness of the range of roles available and the value of working in the sector. It can offer a positive and rewarding career path, while jobseekers can bring valuable experience and understanding to the sector.

It will also promote to employers the benefits of, and strategies for, becoming an attractive employer for these potential jobseekers.

The campaign is being designed and developed by creative agency Gilimbaa and will draw on the experience, knowledge and ideas of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, young people with lived experience of out-of-home care, employers and peak organisations.

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27 June 2018