Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women

Empowering Families Innovation Fund

The Queensland Government is committed to establishing a three-year $6 million Empowering Families Innovation Fund to generate and support new programs and initiatives that reduce the disproportionate representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in the child protection system and help keep kids safe and well.

The Fund comprises:

The Empowering Families Innovation Grants aims to ignite game-changing ideas for initiatives, programs or ways of working that will keep Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children safe, well and connected to family, culture and country. It is a $3 million program that will be distributed across three funding rounds over three years starting with Round 1 in June 2017. Round 2 launched in March 2018 and provides eligible groups and organisations with funding of between $5,000 and $200,000 to turn their ideas to make a difference to the lives of Aborginal and Torres Strait Islander children into a reality.

Find out about the grants and how to apply.

First 1000 Days program

We are investing $1.5 million over three years to partner with the University of Melbourne to introduce the First 1000 Days program to Queensland. The program aims to give Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children the best start to life by improving the health and wellbeing of parents and children from the time a child is conceived to their second birthday. It will address a broad range of issues which affect the early development of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and work closely with the new community-run Family Wellbeing services, initially at two sites—Moreton Bay and Townsville.

Early childhood education and care initiative

Early Childhood Education Coordinators

This initiative seeks to improve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families’ engagement with the early childhood education and care system. It will see Early Childhood Education Support Officers placed within Family Wellbeing services across eight regions. The coordinators will work to enhance the capacity of Family Wellbeing workers to address early learning needs and engage directly with families to assist with access to early learning services. This will ensure that the responses provided to families take into account a child’s early learning needs and create strong linkages with early childhood services.

Is your feedback

Please submit your comments on the department's Compliments and Complaints section.

Please submit your comments on the Queensland Government website Contacts form.