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.

Place-based in Fraser Coast: A case study - How the Butchulla people are re-visioning an ancient rite of passage
Published: Aug 2018
This case study showcases an important element of place-based work and how a project came to happen for the Butchulla community. it also demonstrates just what can be achieved when a government body, a peak body and community work together.
Place-based in Capricornia: A case study on relationships with tradition custodians in place
Published: Aug 2018
Place-based approaches requires the wisdom, expertise, resources and shared responsibility of many. This QCOSS case study provides an in-depth look at how place-based approaches have improved relationships betwen community leaders and traditional custodians in and around the Darumbal community.
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.