Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people represent 3.5 per cent of the Queensland population. Queensland also has the second highest population of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia. QCOSS recognises these communities face a legacy of gross injustice and inequality. QCOSS argues for greater investment in Indigenous communities through our submissions and reports, and supports the Close the Gap campaign to reduce the gap in life expectancy.

Growing Our Own Program (GOOP)
Published: Sep 2017
Rural and Remote Workforce Initiative
Published: Aug 2017
This initiative is funded by the Department of Education and Training as one of the deliverables of the Workforce Action Plan 2016-2019 to build sustainability with the Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) workforce in rural and remote areas. It is led by Queensland Council of Service (QCOSS), in partnership with the Health and Community Services Workforce Council. Both services have a long history of working with and supporting the ECEC sector in Queensland so you may be familiar with our team.
Media Release Time to renew the push to Close the Gap
Published: Mar 2017
Reconciliation begins with a RAP
Published: Jun 2016
National Reconciliation Action Week (27 May to 3 June) is celebrated in Australia each year, in commemoration of two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey – the anniversaries of the successful 1967 referendum and the High Court Mabo decision.
Report Embracing Cultural Diversity in Early Childhood Conference
Published: Mar 2016
Focused on achieving the goal of increased participation in ECEC, the EMBRACE team organised the Embracing Cultural Diversity in Early Childhood Conference, held in Brisbane on 17 and 18 November 2015.
Policy Paper Early Childhood Education and Care - Access and equity for children and their families
Published: Mar 2016
It is universally accepted that participation in quality early childhood education and care programs has a strong connection to better outcomes for children across a range of health and wellbeing indicators. It provides a strong foundation to prepare children for formal schooling, improves learning outcomes, language development, and social and behavioural skills. The broader benefits to society from investing in a positive start in life for children include; enhanced human capital, greater social inclusion, increased economic productivity, and reduction in health expenditure, welfare and crime during the course of a lifetime.