Collaborative Family Decision Making in Child Protection


  • Do you have an interest and passion with working with families and children?
  • Do you have a set of skills and experience that equips you to work with families to help them find solutions to the challenges they face ensuring their children are safe, well, and growing into happy and healthy children.

The Central Queensland Region is seeking to contract private convenors to convene or co-convene Collaborative Family Decision Making (CFDM) processes.


WHERE:  Department of Communities – Level 3, 209 BOLSOVER ST (State Gov Building)

TIME:  5.30PM  ( Approx 45minutes)

The Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services in accordance with the provisions of the Child Protection Act 1999 (Section 51 I), Most CFDM processes involve convening an Family Group Meeting ( FGM) for the purpose of developing a case plan when the department is working with the family through ongoing intervention.

The manner in which FGMs are undertaken is based on the values and principles of the department’s Strengthening Families Protecting Children Framework for Practice and are an integral part of the department’s collaborative approach to working with families.

Suppliers will need to become familiar with the Framework for Practice’s safety and solution focused approach, practice tools and how it relates to CFDM.

CDFM is implemented throughout the child and family system and aims to:

  • provide a consistent and empowering experience of decision-making and case planning/support planning for children, young people and their families who are involved with Child Safety from commencement of involvement; and
  • embed decision making practices that uphold the Strengthening Families Protecting Children principle that we listen to children’s, families’ and communities’ views and involve them in planning and decision making.
  • The CFDM model has been implemented to ensure a more inclusive process for planning and making decisions about children’s protection and care need

For further information please contact :

Noela Walls  | Principal Team Leader  ( Collaborative Family Decision Making)  |
Regional Service Centre (Rockhampton)| CQ Region |
Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services
T: 07 4938 4916/ M: 0472866443/ F: 07 4938 4867

Lambert McBride Perpetual Bursary 2017

Lambert McBride Perpetual Bursary

Are you a full-time Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander university student in their first or second year of study and about to commence your second or third year of study at a higher education institute?

The Lambert McBride Perpetual Bursary provides a one-off payment of $5,000 for a high-achieving Indigenous student at a Queensland higher education institution in 2017.

More information can be found through the Queensland Government at   or enquiries to 07 3055 2967

Application close 12 February 2017

Girls Time Out – AGM Notice


 A public meeting to nominate persons for appointment to the Management Committee for Girls Time Out – Young Womens Support Service Inc. for the term of one (1) year is to be held on:

Date:            Thursday 17th November 2016           Time:  11.50am – 1.15pm

 At:                Girls Time Out – Young Womens Support Service Inc.                                         

                     137 Musgrave Street

Rockhampton Q 4700

All current and new members are encouraged to attend this meeting.

RSVP by Tuesday 8th November 2016.

For further enquiries please contact the GTO office on 4922 7236.


Gambling Community Benefit Fund

Our new grants management system is now open and ready for community organisations to submit applications for Round 91 of Gambling Community Benefit Fund (GCBF) grants.

The GCBF unit have been working tirelessly over recent months to develop a user-friendly online portal for organisations to apply for grant funding – click here for an overview.

We are seeking your assistance to promote our new system to your local community organisations.

What eligible organisations can expect from the new system:

  • Access to register, apply and manage your grant online from most devices and internet browsers;
  • Reduced time in registering and applying for grants;
  • Ease in management of their registration details;
  • View the status of their application in real-time;Acquit their grant funding online.

First steps when using the new system:

  • Watch the online video tutorials about our grants;
  • Register their organisation;
  • Complete their application;
  • Acquit or vary your grant.

Organisations that have a current open application funded through the previous grants system have already had their data transferred to the new system. Organisations should simply visit the portal, type their organisation name and click ‘forgot your password’. A new password will be emailed to the organisation’s accountable officer.

All other organisations will need to register in the new portal as either a legal entity or a sponsored organisation.

The portal has handy information to help organisations as they proceed through the registration, application and acquittal process. Organisations are encouraged to contact the friendly GCBF staff if they have any questions on (07) 3247 4284 or 1800 633 619 (free call outside Brisbane).

Open Tender – DATSIP Cultural Capability

I am pleased to announce that the Invitation to Offer for Statewide Training for Cultural Capability is now open on QTender and will close on the 24 November 2016.

Can you please forward information about this opportunity to your networks.

The invitation for offer can be found at:

Please see the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page for further information here:

The FAQ page is intended to grow as we receive more enquiries, so don’t forget to check back.

Please note: all enquiries should be sent to

Russell Black can assist with any further details on 3003 6411.


White Ribbon Event in Rocky on the 25th Nov 2016

Helem Yumba raises awareness by hosting a White Ribbon fundraiser

Helem Yumba of Rockhampton has organised an event to help raise awareness and much needed funds to support White Ribbon Australia’s work to end men’s violence against women. We are also seeking donations to support primary prevention initiatives in schools, workplaces and the broader community.

Helem Yumba are hosting a White Ribbon fundraiser event at Rigarlsford Park Rockhampton. Helem Yumba have invited community organisations to display and hand out information on their services where people can seek help and also have guest speakers throughout the day.

This event is a free community BBQ which will be held at the Rigarlsford Park Elphinstone Street Rockhampton from 11am – 2PM on the 25th November 2016.

“Violence against women is at epidemic proportions. Devastatingly, over 12 months, on average, one woman is killed every week in Australia as a result of intimate partner violence,” Helem Yumba said.

“Violence against women is never a private issue. We are holding this event to help break the silence around violence, to raise awareness of the issue as well as seeking donations to support work to bring violence against women to an end.

We want people to know that violence against women is unacceptable, it is never the victim’s fault, help is always available and if you see something you should definitely say something. People need to know that they can make a difference; bringing an end to men’s violence against women will take a whole of community approach.”

If you are experiencing violence or suspect someone else is, please contact 1800 RESPECT for advice and support. In an emergency, call the police on 000.

For media enquiries, please contact: Helem Yumba on 07 4931 8600 or FREE CALL: 1800 776 727


2017 NAIDOC Theme and Dates 2-9 July 2017


2017 NAIDOC Week theme announced – Our Languages Matter

The importance, resilience and richness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages will be the focus of national celebrations marking NAIDOC Week 2017.

The 2017 theme – Our Languages Matter – aims to emphasise and celebrate the unique and essential role that Indigenous languages play in both cultural identity, linking people to their land and water, and in the transmission of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, spirituality and rites, through story and song.

Some 250 distinct Indigenous language groups covered the continent at first (significant) European contact in the late eighteenth century. Most of these languages would have had several dialects, so that the total number of named varieties would have run to many hundreds.

Today only around 120 of those languages are still spoken and many are at risk of being lost as Elders pass on.

National NAIDOC Committee Co-Chair Anne Martin said languages are the breath of life for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the theme will raise awareness of the status and importance of Indigenous languages across the country.

“Aboriginal and Torres Strait languages are not just a means of communication, they express knowledge about everything:  law, geography, history, family and human relationships, philosophy, religion, anatomy, childcare, health, caring for country, astronomy, biology and food.

“Each language is associated with an area of land and has a deep spiritual significance and it is through their own languages, that Indigenous nations maintain their connection with their ancestors, land and law,” Ms. Martin said.

Committee Co-Chair Benjamin Mitchell hopes that the theme will shine a spotlight on the programs and community groups working to preserve, revitalise or record Indigenous languages, and encourage all Australians to notice the use of Indigenous languages in their community.

“There is currently a wave of activity, with people in many communities working to learn more about their language, and to ensure they are passed on to the next generation before it is too late.’ Mr. Mitchell said.

“Nationally, many place names for our suburbs, rivers, mountains and parks are Indigenous language words. Noticing and paying attention to these words will generate greater appreciation and respect for the significance of language among all Australians.

“The preservation and revitalisation of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages – the original languages of this nation – is the preservation of priceless treasure, not just for Indigenous peoples, but for everyone.”

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists are encouraged to start working on entries for the National NAIDOC Poster Competition that reflects the 2017 theme. The winning entry will be awarded a $5000 cash prize and will be recognised across the country on the 2017 National NAIDOC poster.

The Competition is open now and will close – 5:00pm (AEST) Monday 20 March 2017.

The National NAIDOC Committee also encourages people to acknowledge the contributions and talents of outstanding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals by nominating them for a 2017 National NAIDOC Award. There are ten categories covering the fields of art, education and training, sport, environment and leadership.

Award winners will be honoured during NAIDOC Week at the National NAIDOC Awards Ceremony in Cairns on Saturday 1 July 2017.

Nominations are open now and will close – 5:00pm (AEST) Monday 17 April 2017.

NAIDOC Week 2017 will run nationally from 2-9 July and is an occasion for all Australians to come together to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people – the oldest continuing cultures on the planet.

For more information including competition and nomination forms and ideas on how to celebrate, visit