The Spotlight on... series focuses on some of the leading figures in Queensland's community services sector and related agencies. We ask them to talk about the work they are doing and how they see the future of the sector.

Michael Hogan was appointed as Director-General, Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services in April 2014. Michael has held various senior executive roles in the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services and its predecessors, as well as in Premiers departments in both Queensland and New South Wales. Michael also spent 10 years in the non-government sector, including a term on the board of the New South Wales Council of Social Services.


I'm Michael Hogan - I'm the Director-General of the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services (which) administers and invests over 2.5 billion dollars a year to support vulnerable Queenslanders whether through community services through Disability Services, through services for children and families, we have a big impact on the opportunities in the life circumstances of many vulnerable Queenslanders.

The Queensland Plan is just an extraordinary opportunity that we've got to share a vision for the sort of society that we want a strong, prosperous, fair, inclusive Queensland. So there's nine domains in the Queensland Plan and two of them in particular I think are relevant for the social services sector. So the community domain and the people domain. Along with that all of the domains, whether it's the economic domain, the infrastructure domain, the environment domain, what the plan does is actually acknowledge the links between them and how they're mutually interdependent so we actually need a strong economy to have a strong community and we need a strong community to have a strong economy.

It's hard to signal out one thing because in every part of the department's work we've got a big transformational change happening. Whether that's the stronger families initiatives, part of the government response to the Carmody Commission of Inquiry. Whether it's our work on the social services investment blueprint. But probably the biggest of them in terms of having the most profound impact will be the transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme. So I'm really excited about that in a way that it will enable tens of thousands more Queenslanders to have a better life and to enable them to take up opportunities and to realise their goals around their social and economic participation. We'll double the number of Queenslanders who get access to specialist disability services. Hopefully we'll engage the broader community too into creating inclusive opportunities and job opportunities.

We've got a long way to go. We've gotta work with consumers and providers around individualising and unbundling the currently block funded services which is the bulk of the way in which services are funded at the moment, but I'm really confident we'll get there.

So another very big one, well the important one is the government response to the Carmody Commission of Inquiry into child protection. So out of that's come a very ambitious roadmap along with the biggest ever investment in prevention and early intervention and the biggest ever investment in Queensland into family support services. So over the next five years we'll see an extra investment of about 406 million dollars and more than two-thirds of that or nearly three-quarters of that will actually be for community-based family support services. The exciting thing about it is that people have got a sort of a common vision and a shared agenda. So there's a lot of co-design work to do a lot of dialogue to have, a lot of development work to do. But we've got stakeholder advisory groups, we've got regional child and family committees and local service alliances actually really sort of taking the opportunity in building momentum about ok how do we make that work better for families, how do we make that work better to support families to protect children.

Hopefully out of these reforms, and the other one I'd add of course is the implementation of the social and human services investment blueprint which is about investing in Queenslanders, is that we see more integrated and innovative ways of supporting people, more customized, more person-centred a shared way of delivering those services with people around their goals, their strengths, their aspirations addressing the things that aren't going well in their lives. That actually can build their capability, their resilience, their responsibility and their access to the right services and supports so that we can actually make a difference, a positive difference in their lives in helping them on the path to social and economic participation and overall that we can actually make a difference in reducing disadvantage, in reducing poverty.

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