May 26th – National Sorry Day

Today is National Sorry Day. Reconciliation Australia have prepared a document that reflects on the painful history of the stolen generation and the significance of Sorry Day. Click here to read more.

Here at Q Shelter we are passionate about building communities that respect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and rights.

Reconciliation is about building better relationships between the wider Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples for the benefit of all Australians.

QDN invites you to have your say on the future of housing in Queensland

Queenslanders with Disability Network (QDN) is assisting the Queensland Government to engage and consult with people with disability in Brisbane to have a say and provide direct feedback on this discussion paper.


Date: Friday 27 May
Venue: Trinity Hall, 68 Hawthorne St, Woolloongabba
Time: 10.30am-1.30pm

Please contact QDN to register

RSVP by Monday 23 May
Phone: 3252 8566 or 1300 363 783

Lunch will be provided. Limited transport assistance available. A support worker will be present on the day.


Map directions for Trinity Hall Gabba 27 May 16

National housing strategy launched to tackle Australia’s housing crisis

One of Australia’s leading community housing organisations, Compass Housing, recently launched a national housing strategy at an event by Independent think tank, Committee for Sydney and Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC) in Sydney.

Towards a National Housing Strategy aims to address Australia’s housing affordability crisis in a way that successive commonwealth governments’ have neglected to. With over 100,000 Australian’s homeless and more than 200,000 households on the waiting list for social housing, the strategy aims to highlight ways to make meaningful changes in the housing sector.

The Strategy’s author, Professor Dave Adamson OBE, said that Towards a National Housing Strategy has included input from a range of partners and experts in the field of housing who all agree that a coordinated approach is needed.

‘When something like capital gains tax exemptions, which predominately benefits the top income earners, cost the budget over $46billion in 2014-15, it is clear that aspects of Australia’s housing policies are inefficient’ said Professor Adamson.

‘Housing affordability is a key issue in the transition of our economy’ said Tim Williams, CEO of the Committee for Sydney. ‘We must address this challenge now if we want to see cities and regions achieve economic growth and productivity. The status quo is not an option.’

The Strategy culminates in 15 recommendations, which when put into action at a commonwealth level, will allow Australia’s housing market to better provide adequate, affordable housing.

Towards a National Housing Strategy can be accessed at:


For comment, please contact:

Compass Housing:

Martin Kennedy – National Communications Manager

0418 353 913

Committee for Sydney:

Jane Davies – Media Advisor

0402 670 602

Community Sector Banking – social investment grants program

Community Sector Banking’s Social Investment Grants Program funds not-for-profit projects or programs working to improve social outcomes. Each year they open applications for not-for-profits to apply for grants.

Community Sector Banking directly funds our Grants Program, from an allocated 50% of net profit earned on Social Investment Deposit Accounts. Contributions from our committed Social Investment Deposit Account holders are also pooled to fund the Social Investment Grants Program.



Are you eligible to apply for a grant?

To qualify for a 2016 Social Investment grant you should consider the following criteria before applying:

  • Your organisation must be a not-for-profit
  • Your organisation is not required to have deductible gift recipient (DGR) status
  • Activities that the grants support must be completed within 12 months
  • Grants are only available for projects that operate in Australia
  • Confirmation of matched funds from another funding source is encouraged

Applications will be requested to demonstrate

  • The extent to which they generate value
  • The extent to which they are innovative,showingnew ways of preventing and addressing’ homelessness
  • How the grant will build capacity within the organisation to deliver the project or program sustainably
  • How many people will be directly assisted


Please note that grants will not be awarded for:

  • Ongoing operating costs
  • Capital works
  • Housing
  • Research or policy development

Category 3 – $50,000 Match funding

To be successful in this category, applicants need to demonstrate readiness to crowd fund the same amount of funds that is granted by the committee. E.g. A $30,000 application needs to be able to raise $30,000 themselves via and the Grants Program will match these funds with $30,000 on successful completion.


QCOSS has released a new report revealing the interrelated nature of poverty and disadvantage

The Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) is pleased to release today a new report revealing the interrelated nature of poverty and disadvantage, highlighting key areas in Queensland which need to be addressed with better targeted programs, policies and investment.

QCOSS’ Queensland’s wellbeing 2016 report pulls together a broad range of data that helps paint a clearer picture of where government and community could concentrate their energies and investment in order to help break the cycle of poverty and disadvantage.

We all know that poor outcomes in one area of a person’s life can put them on a path to poor social and economic outcomes, impacting not only the individual, but their family, their community and of most concern generations to come.

This report includes data regarding individuals and families and is based on seven key domains:
•    safe
•    healthy
•    adequate standard of living
•    strong personal relationships
•    community connections
•    achieving in life
•    secure for the future.

QCOSS believes that this report will be of great value to people working in the social services sector, as well as researchers and policy makers, to clearly see the interconnectedness of issues such as violence in the home against women, children and older people; poor education and health outcomes for people in disadvantaged, rural and remote areas; youth unemployment; electricity disconnections; and low kindergarten attendance by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, to name just a few.

The QCOSS Queensland’s wellbeing 2016 report is designed to view, measure and help track the wellbeing of all Queenslanders, while also helping us to pinpoint areas of poverty and disadvantage, and to give us the evidence base we need to change our responses to change people’s lives for the better.

You can read the media release here.

You can read the report here.




Community Sector Banking Social Investment Grants Program will focus on reducing homelessness

Community Sector Banking Grant Update:



At Community Sector Banking we know how vital not-for-profits are in addressing homelessness. That’s why this year our Social Investment Grants Program will focus on reducing homelessness.

Funded directly by contributions from Social Investment Deposit Account holders and Community Sector Banking profits, the grants create real impact through everyday, not-for-profit banking.

The 2016 Social Investment Grants Program will open for applications on Monday, 2 May 2016 and we would love your support as a Community 21 shareholder in promoting the grants throughout your networks.

A total of $200,000 across three grant categories will be made available to not-for-profits with innovative homelessness programs or projects. To learn more about our Social Investment Grants Program  click here.

If you would like a media & communications pack sent to you to help promote the 2016 Social Investment Grants, please contact us at Together we can tackle homelessness across Australia.

We look forward to seeing how this year’s Social Investment Grants Program will benefit the community. Keep up to date with all the latest Community Sector Banking news by subscribing to in the loop, and following us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. 

Changes to Qld Tenancy Database Legislation

The Queensland Government has adopted changes to tenancy database laws to give greater protections for tenants while maintaining property owners’ right to protect their investment.

The amendments were passed as part of the Plumbing and Drainage and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2015 in Parliament on Thursday 18 March.

The amendments include:

  • limiting the time a listing can be kept on a database to 3 years
  • requiring property managers/owners to disclose which databases they use to check the rental histories of prospective tenants
  • if there is a listing, requiring property managers/owners to disclose to the prospective tenant:

–   that they are listed on a tenancy database

–   how they can obtain a copy of the listing

–   how they can seek to have the listing amended or removed if they believe it is inaccurate, out of date or unfair

  • requiring the database operator or owner/manager who made the listing to provide a copy of a requested listing to a tenant, and a reasonable fee can be charged.

A Parliamentary Committee had reviewed the legislation and reported back to Parliament on 1 March. You can see a copy of their report here  The Parliamentary Committee recommended additional changes, which were accepted by the Queensland Government and were included in the Bill. These additional changes include:

  • reducing the transition time database companies have to remove old listings to 6 months from the start of the new laws
  • protecting victims of domestic and family violence by allowing the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal to order that their personal information is not listed on tenancy databases where the breach of the tenancy agreement is due to the violence of another person; however, the domestic violence perpetrator can be listed
  • new safeguards to protect against tenancy database listings for relatively small amounts – this will only apply where no bond has been taken and is restricted to listings for amounts greater than 1 week’s rent.

The tenancy databases amendments will commence on proclamation, which is expected to be 1 July 2016.

The RTA will ensure Queensland’s residential rental sector is fully informed about the changes. Also, we will provide you with information to forward to your colleagues and members, as well as suggested examples of text that can be used to fulfil the disclosure requirements listed above. These materials are currently being developed.

Working together for better housing and sustainable communities – a discussion paper about a new housing strategy for Queensland

The Hon. Mick de Brenni MP, Minister for Housing and Public Works, will be launching

Working together for better housing and sustainable communities – a discussion paper about a new housing strategy for Queensland


Event details are below:

Date:                   Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Time:                  12.00pm to 2.00pm

Address:            Lecture Theatre S07-1.23

Griffith University South Bank
Grey Street, South Brisbane

South Bank campus map

RSVP:                  by 5.00pm Tuesday 22 March

Phone:                 07 3008 3001


NDIS Announcement: Queenslanders with disability have certainty about their futures and how NDIS will roll out across the state

Landmark NDIS agreement reached for Queensland rollout


Premier and Minister for the Arts
The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

Minister for Disability Services, Minister for Seniors and Minister Assisting the Premier on North Queensland
The Honourable Coralee O’Rourke

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Landmark NDIS agreement reached for Queensland rollout

Queenslanders with disability have certainty about their futures and how the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will roll out across the state, now that the Bilateral Agreement has been signed by the State and Federal Governments.

The agreement paves the way for the scheme to roll out in Queensland from July this year, with more than 90,000 Queenslanders with disability expected to benefit and around 13,000 jobs to be created by mid-2019.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said it was a historic day for people with disability and all Queenslanders, providing certainty and creating jobs.

“The NDIS empowers people with disability to access the supports they need to reach their goals and live the lives they choose,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

“It will also provide a massive boost to Queensland’s economy, injecting more than $4 billion every year and creating up to 13,000 jobs in a diverse and growing disability sector.

“Many of these jobs will be in regional and remote communities, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, which is great news.

“This is a win-win for all Queenslanders, delivering on an election commitment to support transition to the NDIS and creating jobs.”

Disability Services Minister Coralee O’Rourke said the signing of the agreement provided welcome detail and certainty about the three-year roll out process.

“The NDIS is the biggest social reform in more than 40 years, doubling the number of Queenslanders currently accessing disability services,” Mrs O’Rourke said.

“This agreement provides certainty for people with disability and their families, as well as service providers and the broader business community, who can plan for their future to maximise opportunities the NDIS will bring.

“Importantly, current service and support arrangements will continue to be delivered to existing Queensland Disability Services clients until they enter the NDIS.”

The Bilateral Agreement details the three-year roll out of the NDIS across the State, including:

July 2016 to June 2017:
Townsville, Hinchinbrook, Burdekin, west to Mount Isa, and up to the gulf
Mackay, Isaac and Whitsundays
Toowoomba and west to the borders;

July 2017 to June 2018:
Ipswich, Lockyer, Scenic Rim and Somerset
Rockhampton, Gladstone and west to the borders, and

July 2018 to June 2019:
Logan and Redlands
Cairns, Cassowary Coast, Tablelands, Croydon, Etheridge, Cape York and Torres Strait
Brisbane suburbs north of Brisbane River
Brisbane suburbs south of Brisbane River
Fraser Coast, North Burnett, South Burnett and Cherbourg
Gold Coast and Hinterland
Moreton Bay including Strathpine and Caboolture
Sunshine Coast, Noosa and Gympie