In August 2022, Q Shelter welcomed 35 delegates from 16 regions across Queensland, delegates included:
- Regional representatives from housing and homelessness networks across the state
- Service Integration Initiative (SII) coordinators
- Representatives from the Housing Older Women Movement (HOW M), Brisbane City Council, South Burnett Regional Council and the Red Cross.
Click the attendee list to find out who attended this event
Here are some words that delegates used to describe this forum.
Communiques from the forum
A key document produced at the forum is a Communique sent from forum delegates to the Department of Communities, Housing and Digital Economy. This communique this developed throughout the first day of engagement, clearly communicating the key issues and concerns facing the sector across the state. It serves to support the Department dialogue session on the second day of the forum, and supports the ongoing advocacy work we as a sector progress, as we work to improve the delivery of housing and homelessness services across the state.
You are welcome to review a copy of the Department Communique.
For the first time, regional representatives and delegates at the forum have drafted a second communique. This one you, the people involved in the Housing and Homelessness sector whom they came to represent.
The regional forum provides an important opportunity to strengthen networks and make important connections across our large state. We hope this communique demonstrates how we are working together to promote our sector, Sector Communique.
Anglicare Central Queensland presented their Human Rights informed housing allocation tool, talking about how it helps staff to make better, and more informed choices.
Protea Place, a Women’s Centre in Toowoomba spoke about their unique initiative providing dignity and support for women who are homeless or under significant stress. They are an independent initiative delivering services funded exclusively by the local community, with a small portion of non-recurrent grants.
South Burnett Regional Council provided an overview of their experience with homelessness and housing stress, and how council is working with local CHPs on developing some new housing stock with innovative approaches to land supply.
Here is their presentation.
Brisbane City Council discussed the profile of homelessness in the Brisbane LGA, and the current council-implemented actions to address these challenges, including public space liaison officers, Homeless Connect, community housing partnership program, Red Cross Night Cafe, Essentials Contacts Guide, Housing Supports Grant and other materials.
Here is their presentation.
Gold Coast Homelessness Network updated delegates on their work, introducing Gold Coast Zero and deliver Service Integration on the coast. It was great to see how far their committed and long-standing network have come and a timely reminder of the missed opportunity to gaining housing and homelessness outcomes from Gold Coast Commonwealth games investment.
To find out more about the Gold Coast Homelessness Network have a look at their presentation.
The Townsville network delivered de-escalation training in their region, identifying the need for this training and sharing the opportunity and cost across a number of organisations. It was great seeing this collaboration work, delivering face-to-face training in Townsville.
Summary of the two days – Agenda
Presentations for some of the sessions have been linked, click on the session to see the presentation.
|Tuesday, 23 August 2022||Wednesday, 24 August 2022|
|10:00am||Welcome||9:00am||Workforce capability session|
|10:30am||Regional priority action discussion||10:00am||Q Shelter policy & strategic engagement update|
|11:30am||Showcase: Protea Place||10:30am||Morning tea|
|11:45am||Showcase: Anglicare Central Queensland||11:00am||Engagement with Department of Communities, Housing and Digital Economy|
|12:00pm||Lunch & Parliament house tours||12:30pm||Future of regional representatives forums|
|1:30pm||Department Communique - session 1||1:00pm||Lunch|
|2:30pm||Showcase: Brisbane City Council||2:30pm||Close|
|2:45pm||Showcase: South Burnett Regional Council|
|3:30pm||Showcase: Gold Coast Homelessness Network|
|3:45pm||Department Communique - session 2|
|4:50pm||Day 1: Wrap up|
|5:00 - 6:30pm||Sector Partners Networking Drinks|