North Queensland farmers can access telehealth and other supports


A new government agency has been established in the wake of the floods, called the North Queensland Livestock Industry Recovery Agency. The Agency will be developing a long term plan to help rebuild the livestock industry, which will include new programs that will provide access to seed funding to rebuild on-farm infrastructure and restock herds.

More help for telehealth services will also be available from 1 March 2019. A new time-limited Medicare item will be available from 1 March 2019 to 30 June 2019 to fund General Practitioners to provide care by telehealth (video conference) to people in flood-affected areas in Queensland. Providers and patients in flood-affected areas will gain immediate access to the health rebates for four months.

Find out more on the Prime Minister's website.

Read more about the Agency


Grants to train job seekers for work


Community organisations can now apply for funding to assist Queenslanders to gain job ready skills, including assistance to gain a driver’s licence under the latest round of Skilling Queenslanders for Work.

For further information on how to apply visit the website or call 1300 369 935. Applications close April 4 2019.


Queensland: an age-friendly community


The Queensland Government has created resources and a toolkit to assist organisations and communities in becoming more age-friendly. 

See the Queensland: an age-friendly community website for free resources.


Foster carer allowance extended


Foster and kinship carers looking after some of the Queensland’s most vulnerable children will have their allowance extended for children who turn 18 while still at school. The purpose is to make sure that those living in foster and kinship care homes continue to be supported while they are still in high school. With the introduction of the Prep year in Queensland schools, more children are likely to still be in school after they turn 18 years old.

This funding is part of the $374 million that the State Government has committed to over three years from 2019-20 to continue existing reforms to strengthen Queensland’s child protection system.


Closing the Gap


On the 11th anniversary of the National Apology to Stolen Generation, Queensland become the first state to release a whole-of-government report card on efforts towards Closing the Gap.

You can read it on the Queensland Government website.


Revenge porn now an offence in Queensland


People convicted of sharing ‘revenge porn’ could face up to three years’ jail time after the State Government passed laws in February making it an offence.

Anyone convicted of distributing or threatening to distribute intimate images or prohibited visual recordings of a person without their consent now faces up to three years in jail. Furthermore, anyone threatening to distribute an image can be charged, whether or not the image actually exists.

The new laws also cover photoshopped images – where an image has been altered to look like a person is portrayed in an intimate way.

The new laws consider children under 16 not capable of giving consent to distributing intimate images depicting them. The bill also increases the maximum penalty for two existing offences, Observations or recordings in breach of privacy and Distributing prohibited visual recordings, from two years to three years imprisonment.


New report shows Queenslanders most in need of homelessness services


Vulnerable Queenslanders continue to be the most in need of homelessness services according to an Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report released in February. The 2017-18 report into specialist homelessness services showed 1 in 120 people in Queensland received homelessness services. Forty-two per cent of people that needed homelessness services in 2017-18 had experienced domestic and family violence.

Indigenous Queenslanders receive 36 per cent of homelessness services compared to 25 per cent nationally. Twenty-two per cent of clients that received homeless services were Indigenous children under 10 years old. Of the two in five young people who accessed homeless services, domestic and family violence was a contributing factor.


Sexual Violence Prevention Roundtable


A new Sexual Violence Prevention Roundtable has been formed which will help develop a new Sexual Violence Prevention Framework for Queensland. For more information, see the Queensland Government's website on sexual assault.

Read more about the Sexual Violence Prevention Roundtable




Reducing loneliness and social isolation by connecting younger and older Queenslanders is the motivation behind an innovative new campaign launched in February. 

#OLDMATE Queensland, a partnership between social impact strategists spur:org and not-for-profit Anglicare Southern Queensland, aims to reduce loneliness in people aged 18-35 and those over 65+. 

  • Loneliness is a modern epidemic - 5.6 million Australians experience loneliness
  • Loneliness is as bad as smoking 15 cigarettes a day - in terms of life expectancy
  • Almost half of Australians do not have someone they could turn to for help if needed
  • Lonely people are twice as likely to die prematurely
  • Loneliness increases inflammation in the body which can contribute to heart disease and other chronic health conditions.

#OLDMATE Queensland is a multi-media campaign on social media, video and outdoor supported by partners Global Youth Media Company VICE and Queensland billboard company goa.

Get involved and visit the #OLDMATE website.


Human Rights Bill passes Queensland Parliament - 27 February


Queensland Parliament’s passing of the Bill means improved protection for families and children, rights to education and health services and greater freedom of expression. The launch of a Queensland Human Rights Commission will also ensure the community has a forum to address human rights breaches by public entities.

The Bill protects 23 human rights.

Read more about the Human Rights Bill.


AASW CPD events


Countering Violent Extremism - An Awareness Raising Workshop - Cairns
Wednesday, 6 March

Cairns Networking Breakfast
Thursday, 14 March

World Social Work Day Breakfast - Townsville
Tuesday, 19 March


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