Queensland Place-based Community of Practice launched

  • A group of people celebrate the launch of the Queensland place-based community of practice
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Queensland Place-based Community of Practice launched

The Place-based Community of Practice will bring together people, who share your interest in place-based approaches and are keen to learn, contribute and connect around this important way of working.

As part of QCOSS’s two-year action plan on place-based approaches, QCOSS launched the Queensland Place-based Community of Practice.

“We want to facilitate this learning, contribution and connection in a meaningful way,” QCOSS CEO Mark Henley said.

“We are committed to establishing and supporting the Queensland Place-Based Community of Practice to support people to build shared understandings of place-based work, share information, skills and learnings, and identify opportunities for collaboration across Queensland.

“QCOSS has been involved in and advocated for place-based work for many years. We see place-based work as an opportunity to generate new ways of working cross-community and cross-sector, promoting experimentation in devolved decision-making and public service innovation, and supporting civic empowerment, participation in communities who may be despondent and disengaged.”

Some of the place-based projects we have been involved in include:

  • 2010 – 2013 – Homelessness Planning and Coordination – 14 ‘hot spots’ throughout Queensland developed local action plans. 14 locally-based coordinators and seven QCOSS workers embedded in the community sector, and seven government coordinators hit the ground to drive local action
  • 2014 – Home for Good – In July 2014, QCOSS began working on the Home for Good campaign with the support of the Queensland Government. QCOSS was asked to work with 17 communities throughout Queensland to develop a unique snapshot of homelessness in their community.
  • 2015 – Enabling Local Communities – working with two communities, Cairns and Ipswich, to bring together the sector around solving homelessness.
  • 2016 – 2018 – Changing Lives, Changing Communities – Townsville – More than 200 of the Townsville community explored what it would take to become a truly inclusive community in the face of the NDIS. The event was continued in 2017 & 2018 with many projects being implemented from ideas generated here.
  • 2016 – 2018 – Strengthening Our Place (QFCC) – ‘Working together so all children can reach their full potential’ was the key to this partnership with the Queensland Family and Child Commission (QFCC) in Capricornia and Fraser Coast.
  • 2017 – Live Well Hervey Bay – Ngala Gambay (Butchulla for We All Together) was initiated to build local capacity to support healthy ageing in Hervey Bay. Supported by the Queensland Mental Health Commission, this project unearthed local challenges to mental health including loss of connection
  • 2018 – Thriving Communities Roundtables – Together with Minister O’Rourke, we brought people together, from across Australia and Queensland, to discuss the potential of place-based approaches to help build thriving communities throughout the State. We were all inspired by the stories of change and reminded that we are not alone in doing this work – that there are many of us around the state and around the country and we can learn and support each other.
  • QCOSS Conference focuses on local stories as a way to change lives. Recognising that this is done best at a community level QCOSS made a commitment to take the concepts of the conference to regional Queensland.
  • 2018 – Changing Lives, Changing Communities across Queensland – the Changing Lives, Changing Communities events have now taken place across Queensland in Capricornia, Fraser Coast, Townsville, Toowoomba, Mackay, Cairns and Mt Isa, Brisbane and still to come Caboolture, Gladstone, Gold Coast, Normanton and Woorabinda.

“We know we need to do things differently, and we see place-based work – localised decision-making, working collaboratively, and embedding the voice of the community – as essential to changing the way we work in Queensland. As such, we have developed a strategic Action Plan to support and enable place-based approaches,” Mr Mark Henley said.

“The development of the Community of Practice process will be iterative.  We will be working with you to progress the process as we go to make sure we are meeting the needs of everyone. This is your opportunity – whether you are working on the frontline or as a strategist – to be part of a conversation which will be vital in understanding and delivering place-based approaches moving forward. Meeting the needs of a such a diverse range of people will be a challenge – one that we are up for.”


View the recipe for what makes a good Community of Practice here.

Watch the video from the keynote speakers here.

Watch the video from the launch here.

View photo gallery from the launch here.