Queensland Peak Bodies and Networks

The following links are national professional and peak organisations:

Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Protection Peak (QATSICPP)


(QATSICPP) is funded by the Department of Communities (Child Safety) and made up of 21 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community controlled member organisations, we strive to present and advocate local and state-wide issues across Queensland. We support communities, where possible to deliver vital services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, their families and communities.


CREATE Foundation


CREATE Foundation is the national peak consumer body representing the voices of children and young people with an out-of-home care experience.


Foster Care Queensland (FCQ)


FCQ has a strong commitment to the statement of standards, confidentiality, appropriate family contact, research into relevant foster care issues, appropriate processes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, recognition of the needs of children and young people with disabilities and issues of remoteness in meeting the needs of children and young people.


Queensland Council of Social Services (QCOSS)


For over half a century Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) has promoted social justice in our society. Our state-wide membership, of over 650, supports our work toward a fair, inclusive and sustainable Queensland. We exist to: provide a voice for and with Queenslanders affected by poverty and inequality, lead on issues of significance to the social, health and community sectors state-wide; and Contribute to a national voice on these issues through membership of the nation-wide network of state and territory councils and the Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS).


Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council (QAIHC)


Originally established as QAIHF (Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Forum), the organisation provided a voice for the community controlled health sector in Queensland. This organisation was self-funded until 1996, when the Commonwealth Department of Health started to provide funding support. QAIHC has experienced considerable growth in membership and the services provided to those members since its establishment. In 2004, the organisation was reconstituted under the Australian Investment and Securities Commission (ASIC) and assumed its current form as QAIHC. Today, we represent 27 community-controlled health services and have a number of associated members who share a passion and commitment to addressing the unique health care needs of their communities through specialised, comprehensive and culturally-appropriate primary health care.


Queensland Alliance for Mental Health Inc


Queensland Alliance for Mental Health Inc. is the peak body for the Queensland mental health community sector. Queensland Alliance for Mental Health Inc. envisages a community that values differences, promotes well-being and creates a sense of belonging. We aim to achieve this vision by influencing, connecting, strengthening, and collaborating with, our communities to improve mental health and well-being. Queensland Alliance For Mental Health Inc. is an independent charity which represents community organisations working in mental health.


Queensland Youth Housing Coalition Inc (QYHC)


A statewide coalition of organisations & individuals advocating for and with disadvantaged, marginalised and homeless young people and supporting the services that work with them. We are self funded for our housing and homelessness work and reliant on community donations to continue this. We are funded by the Queensland Government to resource and support the Youth Support Coordinator Initiative around the State.


Ethnic Communities Council

ECCQ has been working directly with Queenslands many communities since 1976. Every year, we help thousands of people from all backgrounds, across all of Queensland. Our focus is supporting and advocating for the needs, interests and contributions of culturally and linguistically diverse communities in Queensland.



Q Shelter aims to improve access to, and quality of, housing for vulnerable Queenslanders. Our goal is to create a robust community housing system, supporting people experiencing homelessness, and creating stronger communities in Queensland.


Community Legal Centres Queensland

Community Legal Centres provides support and advocacy for 34 independent, community-led community legal centres operating across Queensland. Queensland’s community legal centres provide free information, legal assistance and referral, representation and casework, community education and advocacy for vulnerable clients and communities facing legal problems.


COTA (Council on the Ageing)

COTA (Council on the Ageing) Queensland is a statewide not for profit organisation giving older Queenslanders a voice on issues that affect them.




Family Inclusion Network (Townsville)

FIN’s mission is to ensure that parents and family members have access to the information, support and advocacy they require to actively and equitably participate in the child protection process.


Volunteering Queensland

Volunteering Queensland is the lead organisation solely dedicated to advancing volunteering for the economic, social, cultural and environmental well-being of Queensland