The Place-Based Action Plan2019-04-16T08:30:19+10:00
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Place-based work is about bringing together citizens in a place to address the complex needs of communities by harnessing the vision, resources and opportunities in each community.

Place-based approaches are long term, collaborative efforts which give power to the community in guiding systemic change, and contribute to a cycle of learning about investment and impact.

QCOSS has a focus on place-based work because globally, place-based approaches are being recognised as critical to responding effectively to certain community challenges and building strong, cohesive communities. There is significant evidence and a multitude of impressive stories demonstrating real change that supports this.

As the state’s peak body for the community sector QCOSS is uniquely positioned to support and enable place-based approaches across Queensland.  We recognise that we can’t do this alone – we are committed to partnering and our partners are many.

Our place-based work so far has taught us a lot!

Doing Objectives Actions

Working directly with communities to support place-based approaches and civic leadership.

Build capacity of communities to implement place-based approaches through practice, local sector development, integration, and citizen leadership.

Build QCOSS’ on-the-ground understanding of place-based approaches to inform work.

Townsville, Capricornia and Fraser Coast

Keep working alongside these three communities to further develop leadership and drive change.

Changing Lives, Changing Communities

Facilitate conversations of change across the state to ask What will it take to create communities where everyone contributes, matters and belongs?

Champions of Change

Train and develop a network of Change Champions to host community conversations to promote civic participation in local action and decision-marking.

Neighbourhood Centres

Build on the strengths of neighbourhood centres as critical local place-based infrastructure and engagement.

Learning Objective Actions

Building Queensland’s collective knowledge base relating to place-based approaches.

Enhance the shared understanding, innovation and commitment to place-based approaches across the community sector and with citizens, philanthropic agencies, business and government. Community of Practice

Establish a Queensland Place-Based Community of Practice to build knowledge and skills, as well as connect, people delivering or supporting place-based initiatives.

Learning Programs

Deliver learning programs across Queensland on core elements of place-based approaches including leadership, systems design and data use.

Place-based Resources

Share resources, research and models to support a broader and deeper understanding of place-based approaches across Queensland.

Place-Based Conference

Support Logan Together, Collaboration for Impact and Griffith University in Changefest in Logan City – November 2018.

Changing Objective Actions

Facilitating systems development and changes which better support place-based approaches across Queensland

Develop and enhance systems which support place-based approaches to take root, grow and flourish across Queensland. Systems analysis

Use action on the ground to understand and respond to systemic barriers.

Social investment

Help develop social investment approaches which support community identified goals and integration of the service system.

Contractural arrangements

Establish new ways of working, including contracting, to better support comunity organisations to work form a place-based perspective.


Enable greater accessibility, understanding and use of data in local decision making.

Leading Objectives Actions

Bringing together key influencers to plan, collaborate and enable place-based approaches across Queensland.

Enhance state-wide coordination and collaboration between key agencies focused on making positive social change in Queensland through place-based approaches.

Make place-based approaches a priority across government, with investment to match.

Queensland Place-Based Leadership Group

Establish a strategic state-wide leadership group to influence and drive initiatives which build the systems, capacity and culture necessary to enable and strengthen local place-based approaches across Queensland.

Advocating for place-based investment

Government funding to establish a long-term strategy to support 10 place-based approaches across Queensland communities.

An innovation fund to support place-based prototype projects which address community identified needs/opportunities.