Place Based

Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) undertakes a range of place based activities across Queensland.

The aim of our placed based activities is to support communities to build their capacity to work toward locally developed and delivered solutions to local challenges.


What is the purpose of this work?

The purpose of the pilot is to empower communities to:

  • build their capacity and capabilities;
  • strengthen their responses to a changing environment; and
  • identify local solutions and pilot collaborative partnerships to respond the challenges associated with poverty and disadvantage


What are our driving principles?

The principles driving the activities and likely success of the pilot include:

  • Improving shared understanding of problems and solutions will lead to better outcomes
  • Coordinated collaborative efforts are required to stop people from falling through the gaps
  • The best outcomes will be achieved when we create positive imaging and promote hope for clients of services, to be self-determining citizens.
  • We leave networks and communities in a stronger and more interdependent state when we exit, than they were prior to our arrival.
  • Communities are best positioned to define their own local priorities, with our role being about providing a platform for innovative solutions to be generated.
  • To work in alignment with the QCOSS vision for a Queensland free of poverty and disadvantage.
  • Data generated and interpreted locally provides a useful evidence base from which policy and program responses can be informed.
  • We promote communities and service providers to share ownership and responsibility for child and family systemic and service challenges through placed based responses
  • We recognize the critical role of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workforce and organisations; towards working together to create a system for protecting children.
  • The importance of placed based responses
How do we build our community as a place for young people to thrive?
Published: Sep 2016
We are planning a two-day exploration and idea-generation event in National Youth Week in 2017. Together we will explore the data and research and gain a deeper understanding of what is happening in our community. We will then explore what is possible and together develop responses that suit our community.
Local Champions - Southern Cross University and QCOSS - Expression of interest
Published: Sep 2016
You are invited to use your skills and networks to engage widely with your community to invite people to join us at our community session during National Youth Week in 2017.
Rockhampton and Fraser Coast Local Champions Capability Sessions
Published: Sep 2016
Access the presentation form our capability building sessions.
QCOSS and QFCC place based pilot Rockhampton and Maryborough
Published: Aug 2016
Are you our Local Champion? You have a strong desire to connect with like minded people in your area to enable locally based initatives to help drive child and family reform in your region.