The Hon Shannon Fentiman MP opens the 2015 QCOSS State Conference: Individuals building thriving communities.
The conference was held on 13-14 OCtober 2015 at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Read more about the conference on Community Door.
Thank you for the opportunity to provide this recorded message and welcome you to the 2015 QCOSS State Conference. I am disappointed that I can't be with you today I'm unable to miss Parliament especially as we are considering urgent amendments to the Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Act. An issue I know is important to all of you.
The Palaszczuk government is committed to working with QCOSS and the broader social services industry to achieve social and economic well-being for all Queenslanders. I take this opportunity to acknowledge the great work you and your organisations do in delivering vital services to Queenslanders and contributing to the social and economic well-being of our state.
As most of you would know October is Sexual Violence Awareness Month a time when we encourage Queenslanders to show their support for ending sexual violence and violence against women. The Queensland Government is developing a violence against women prevention plan and Sexual Violence Awareness Month is a great opportunity to consult and gather input to this plan so I would encourage all of you to participate and I'm really pleased to see a session at today's conference inviting your comments on the government's response to Dame Quentin Bryce's ‘Not Now, Not Ever’ report into domestic and family violence.
Domestic and family violence is just one of the vital areas that your organisations play a key role in. Whether providing services directly to the most vulnerable members of our community or driving social and economic growth for the state our sector is vital for the well-being of every Queenslander.
At the moment our sector is on a significant and transformational journey. We need a clear vision for the community services of tomorrow. I want to see a community services sector that has a forward-looking focus, builds on the great work you and the government have already commenced and works in partnership with clients and other government agencies.
That's why we've begun rolling out five-year funding agreements with our NGO partners because we want to make it easier for you to do what you do best, support Queenslanders.
The sessions today will help us stay informed of the latest developments so we can move forward with confidence together.
Congratulations to the conference organisers on putting together a great program again this year and welcome to the 2015 QCOSS State conference. I look forward to working with all of you in delivering a caring more compassionate Queensland.