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.


Do you know anyone who could benefit from free training and qualifications?


The Townsville Intercultural Centre is currently looking for potential candidates to sign up for the upcoming Hospitality, Security and Individual Support courses within the next two months.

The Townsville Intercultural Centre also hosts a Jobs Club every Tuesday at 10am where anyone is able to attend and receive in depth support for all aspects that lead to gaining employment.

If you know anyone that would be interested in signing up for these courses or attending the weekly Jobs Club, please feel free to send them over to the Townsville Intercultural Centre office to sign up.

The upcoming courses are:

  • Cert III Hospitality – to be announced
  • Cert III Security – commencing on the 20 May
  • Cert III Individual Support (day class) – commencing on 28 May
  • Cert III Individual Support (night class) – commencing on 7 May

Contact the Townsville Intercultural Centre for more information on (07) 4772 4800 and 155 Nathan Street, Aitkenvale


Triple P


Triple P - Positive Parenting Program is a world-renowned program that helps make raising children and teenagers easier.

It is available free of charge and on a voluntary basis to all Queensland parents and carers of children up to 16 years.

Find out more about Triple P.


Taking a leap of faith to help Queensland mums


White Cloud Foundation’s Leaping Ladies event, held during Queensland Women’s Week, raised money and awareness for mental health support for new mums.

As many as one in seven mums experienced perinatal depression, and the effects on women and their families are significant.

Mothers can call 1300 702 926 for direct support and for more information and to support White Cloud
Foundation visit the website.


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.


Recovery outreach teams to bring support to North West Queensland small businesses


Small Business Recovery outreach teams are bringing dedicated support and information to small businesses across North West Queensland as they recover from the floods.

The North West Queensland Flood Recovery outreach teams will visit towns in the Flinders, Richmond, McKinlay, Cloncurry, Mount Isa, Townsville, Charters Towers, Burdekin, Hinchinbrook and Winton local government areas. This is being supported by the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training, New South Wales Small Business Commissioner, CSQ, Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority and the Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning.

Disaster assistance has been activated for small businesses under the joint Commonwealth-State Government Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements, including low interest recovery loans and special disaster assistance grants for eligible small businesses to assist with clean-up and reinstatement activities.


New fund to help protect Queenslanders from disasters


Eligible applicants to the fund include local government bodies, Queensland Government departments and agencies, as well as incorporated non-government organisations and Queensland-based not-for-profit organisations. Successful projects will align to the key objectives of the Queensland Strategy for Disaster Resilience.

The Queensland Disaster Resilience Fund will be administered by the Queensland Reconstruction Authority. Project funding will be capped to $2 million dollars to ensure a broader range and larger number of projects can be funded.

To apply go to the QRA website.

Applications for the Queensland Disaster Resilience Fund close on 18 April 2019.


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.


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


Consultation forums will be held at:

  • Friday 29 March Gold Coast
  • Friday 5 April Townsville
  • Tuesday 9 April Mount Isa
  • Thursday 11 April Rockhampton
  • Monday 15 April Toowoomba
  • Thursday 18 April Brisbane

Consultation will open on Monday March 25. Online submissions can be made from that date on the website.

Young people aged 12-25 go to the Engagement Hub website. 

For more information, see the Queensland Government's website on sexual assault.


Working Better Together online conference 21 May – 6 June


Working Better Together MHPN's inaugural online conference for mental health practitioners

MHPN invites mental health practitioners to join its inaugural online conference. Free to attend, with a range of activities scheduled across three weeks, from 21 May – 6 June 2019. Register and learn more.


Free workshop - Cairns


Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) is a new support in the National Disability Insurance Scheme designed to assist people with very high support needs access housing.

Get Building SDA is presenting a free workshop in Cairns to assist housing providers, people with disability, advocates and government officials understand SDA, and to discuss opportunities and challenges in growing SDA in Far North Queensland.

Thursday 4 April, 2019, 1pm - 5pm
Cost: Free
Location: Terrace Room, DoubleTree by Hilton Cairns - 121-123 Esplanade, Cairns City QLD 4870

Register for the SDA workshop.


Suncorp has pop-up in the heart of Townsville


A new Suncorp pop-up in the heart of Townsville has opened to make sure insurance claims move swiftly in the wake of the Townsville floods. The pop-up ensures that all Suncorp customers can access insurance, including AAMI, Apia, Bingle, Vero and Resilium can continue to access face-to-face support throughout the recovery process.


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