This week in review - 24 August 2017

Mark Henley

Collaboration for Impact

We are excited to welcome Collaboration for Impact to present at both the Conference and also present our Masterclass about social innovation.  Several QCOSS staff have recently done some professional development with Liz and her team at Collaboration for Impact and came back inspired and ready to try new and exciting things.  We hope you will be able to join us and share in that inspiration and learn how to funnel it into successful projects.

You can register for the masterclass and conference here.  Please note that we have extended early bird until 11 September so you have a few more weeks to get in and get cheap tickets.
Drug testing in Logan
With the announcement made yesterday about Logan being one of the trial sites for the Australian Government’s drug testing for welfare program, we wanted to let you know that QCOSS does not support this approach.  As this is a federal government issue ACOSS will take the lead but QCOSS is fully behind the effort to stop this program.  ACOSS’s statement is here.

New procurement policy 
The state government’s new procurement policy is now out. With the intent to harness procurement spend to make a positive difference to the lives of Queenslanders, there’s a focus on making it easier for local businesses to participate in the procurement processes.  QCOSS is a member of the advisory group and we would really like to hear your feedback.  The policy commences 1 September and is available here.
QCOSS is excited to be assisting Regional Development Australia (RDA) with their upcoming CLICK! 2017 Digital & Business Development Event.  The CLICK! N'GO Masterclass is a specialist event for community service organisations and not-for-profits.  We've assembled a team of digital experts who'll provide ideas and strategies to support service delivery and client engagements in a digital world - all pitched at the NFP sector.  It provides an easy way to get access to the latest information and future-proof your organisation.  More detail here.
QCOSS out and about
As I mentioned last time we have been out and about all over Queensland and continue to be during the next few months.  We still have 15 Skilling Queenslanders for Work workshops you can attend and we have seven new energy literacy workshops for the general public in seven locations around Queensland.  Have a look here to see if there is one near you.  These are workshops you can suggest to your clients to attend.

Julie Couper
Acting Chief Executive Officer

24 August 2017