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Working for a better future and outcomes for our children



2019 Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander

Community Controlled Child Protection Awards

hosted by QATSICPP on 13 September.

The Awards acknowledge the Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled Child Protection Sector achievements in the following categories.

To view the Award Winners Presentation Video’s, see below:

2019 Awards Welcome Address: QATSICPP Chair Rachel Atkinson.

2019 Cultural Leadership Award Presentation, winner Kevin Maund: this award recognises an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community controlled child protection worker who has demonstrated outstanding cultural leadership and mentoring within the workplace and/or community.

2019 Practice Excellence Award Presentation, winner Jasmine Kennedy: this award recognises an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community controlled child protection worker who has demonstrated best practice in their direct service delivery to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, young people and/or families.

2019 Innovation within the Sector Award Presentation, winner Yamani Meta House (TAIHS): this award recognises an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community controlled child protection worker who has demonstrated innovation 19within the sector to achieve best outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people.

2019 Youth Advocacy Award Presentation, winner Tom Gower: this award recognises an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community controlled child protection worker who has demonstrated best outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people through strong advocacy skills.

In the first week of September, members of the QATSICPP team will head to the 8th SNAICC National Conference: Growing Up with Strong Identity, Culture and Connection.

First stop will be the pre-conference masterclasses on fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) and an early year’s approach called nature pedagogy.

The conference will officially begin with a Welcome to Country by Kaurna and Narrunga man Mickey Kumatpi Marrutya O’Brien, a smoking ceremony and performance by Yellaka dancers, and cultural songs performed by students of the Kaurna Plains School and Kalaya Children’s Centre.

Key note speakers include:

  • Tauli-Corpuz, UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of Indigenous peoples, who conducts fact-finding missions and addresses human rights violations.
  • Dr Moana Eruera, a Maori woman with extensive research and community sector experience in reclaiming and applying Indigenous frameworks and practices to strengthen the safety and wellbeing of families and children.
  • Professor Fiona Arney, University of South Australia, and her exploration of alternative, evidence based approaches to the prevention of and response to child abuse and neglect across remote, regional and urban settings.

Natalie Lewis (QATSICPP CEO) will represent the SNAICC board while also presenting on key initiatives and learnings from Queensland. Natalie’s panel discussions will include permanency planning measures and their impact on communities, Family Matters campaign initiatives that affect change at the community-level, and using an international child rights framework to advocate for change. Natalie will also co-present on the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principle with, Tim Ireland (AbSec CEO).

Alf Davis (QATSICPP Reform Implementation Manager) will present with Eva Ruggiero (SNAICC) and Tamara Creamer (CQID) on how family led decision making processes have grown from a trial that commenced in 2016 to a fully funded state-wide initiative. This presentation will shine light on the efforts required to date by QATSICPP and Family Participation Programs to work toward shifting power and decision making to families.

Candice Butler (QATSICPP Practice Development Manager) will co-present with Professor Clare Tilbury (Griffith University) on making better use of research to inform best practice and achieve better outcomes for children and families. Candice will also join voices with Paul Gray (AbSec) and Janelle Young (SNAICC) to speak to active efforts across child protection legislation, policy and practice to ensure the safety and wellbeing of children.

The conference will be closed by the Tal Kin Jeri dance group with a performance that reflects the unique river and coastal cultures of the Ngarrindjeri Nations of the Riverlands, Lower Lakes and the Coorong.

For more information about the conference, and to view the full program, please visit the conference website at

The QATSICPP Team look forward to joining the varied range of delegates to the conference, including QATSICPP members that are participating in and attending this national gathering.

The Lowitja Institute International Indigenous Health and Wellbeing Conference
18-20 June 2019 | Darwin
Article by Candice Butler

The Lowitja Institute International Indigenous Health and Wellbeing Conference was held from the 18th to the 20th of June in beautiful Darwin and I was extremely fortunate to attend and present on behalf of QATSICPP.

The conference highlighted the importance of having an Indigenous space that is built on First Nations knowledges and values. There were 760 national and international conference delegates.

The theme of the conference was Thinking Speaking Being. Furthermore, the conference aimed to:

  • Highlight the importance of language in enabling empowerment, cultural strength, wellbeing, and individual, family and community identity.
  • Remind delegates and presenters to consider the global implications of their work to highlight the role of First Nations people in leading change, and to showcase Indigenous solutions.
  • Encourage ways of thinking and knowing in research, and ways of interacting and sharing knowledge including the role of language.

Throughout the conference, I had the opportunity to connect with Indigenous and non-Indigenous colleagues and to hear the importance of research being Indigenous-led, Indigenous-informed with genuine partnerships and collaboration.

My presentation focussed on the importance of Self-Determination in Child Protection. I drew upon the recent legislative amendments; the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principle; and, Active Efforts. I felt as though the presentation went really well.

At the conclusion of the conference, a “Conference Statement” was developed. This can be found at:

I encourage everyone to attend a Lowitja Conference as it allows us to understand the importance Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander researchers leading and undertaking the research for our people.

5th International Indigenous Voices in Social Work Conference

The 5th International Indigenous Voices in Social Work Conference was held in Hualien, Taiwan form the 5th to the 7th of August. Hualien is a beautiful area surrounded by rainforest, ocean and Taroko National Park.

This conference brought together both Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Social Workers from across the globe. I had the opportunity to meet with delegates from New Zealand, Norway, Germany, Taiwan, South Africa and of course, Australia.

I had the opportunity to present twice at the conference. I presented on the QATSICPP Position Statement for Aboriginal Kinship Care and Active Efforts. Both presentations I felt went really well and I have had some wonderful feedback and questions following the conference.

It’s hard to pinpoint what exactly was the “best” part of the conference so I thought I would compile a list of my highlights:

  • Learning, throughout the conference, about the history of the Aboriginal people in Taiwan and how this history is similar to that of so many other Indigenous people around the world. But, as this conference highlighted, we are strong people.
  • Karina Walters, speaking about Historical Trauma and the Trail of Tears walk undertaken by a group of Native American mothers and their children.
  • The Welcome Night was a beautiful evening of food and dancing by the local Aboriginal tribes.
  • Michael Hart spoke about Indigenism and learning our own history.
  • Tuesday afternoon we spent with a local Aboriginal Tribe. We learnt about their weaving practices and a project undertaken by the local youths were they built a model of their local area. Absolutely inspiring.
  • Christine Fejo-King drew upon her personal experience of generational planning in 7 years to show how achievable this is for us all.
  • The final keynote ended with a brilliant PowerPoint presentation titled “Walk the Footsteps of the Ancestors” by Robyn Corrigan and Miriama R. Scott.

This conference was a wonderful opportunity to network and to reinvigorate as an Aboriginal Social Worker. Thank you to Natalie and the team for your support, guidance and allowing me the opportunity to attend and represent QATSICPP.

On 28 June 2019, QATSICPP celebrated our 10 year anniversary with a gala dinner at Rydges Southbank.

QATSICPP Chairperson, Rachel Atkinson acknowledged those key people who were instrumental in establishing the organisation and building strong foundations for the sector to support where we are today.

Many former and current employees and board members attended the dinner and were acknowledged for their contributions.

The QATSICPP 10 Year Anniversary video was shown on the night, reflecting on the struggles and achievements of those who played key roles in the early days of the organisation’s development.


A special video presentation honouring Mal “Muckoo’ Walker highlighted the significant role he played in QATSICPP and the sector more broadly. 


Comedian Sean Choolburra had guests in stiches with his unforgettable “Live and Deadly” performance, while X Factor’s Soul Mumma, Rochelle Pitt crooned some hip moving favourites.


The QATSICPP Members’ Conference continues to grow and showcase the great work being delivered in our communities across the state. A record 193 delegates registered for this year’s event held at Rydges Southbank on 27 & 28 June 2019.

The Concurrent Sessions, linked to QATSICPP’s four (4) Strategic Priorities, showcased members’ local responses to meeting the safety and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, young people and families. Sharing successful initiatives and learning from each other was a key goal of the conference and evaluations confirmed that delegates found these sessions to be most helpful to their work.

Professor Cindy Blackstock, Executive Director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society in Canada delivered the Keynote Address, sharing their story of Spirit Bear and his role in engaging children in reconciliation. Professor Blackstock’s statement about the importance of having ‘moral courage’ when working with, and advocating for children and families was a key message for delegates.  

In her Key Speech, Minister Di Farmer highlighted that for the first time in many years, the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people in out-of-home-care had plateaued and commended our Family Wellbeing Services for the work they are doing with families to contribute to this.

Plenary Sessions included discussion on the development of measures relevant to Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander children and families and QATSICPP members, the QATSICPP Youth Council and future legislative reforms.

The winners of the karaoke competition were Leisa Bennett from ATSICHS Brisbane (individual) for her rendition of Shallow by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper and a combination of TAIHS and PICC staff (group) and their performance of Abba’s Dancing Queen.

The QATSICPP Board and staff extend a big ‘thank-you’ to all those who presented and attended.

A Post Conference report is currently being produced and will be available on QATSICPP’s website.

The HALT Collective . Jennifer Parsons Colleen Wall Mulungu presenting on Grandmothers Law Framework and Cultural Plans 

Top: The HALT Collective
Bottom: Jennifer Parsons & Colleen Wall Mulungu presenting on Grandmothers' law Framework and Cultural Plans

Lesley Barney from CQID presenting on Striving for best practice in Family Wellbeing case management. JPG . Kevin Walker Alice Dooley Ricardo Rimando from Kummara presenting on FLDM across FPP and FWS .

Top: Lesley Barney from CQID presenting on Striving for best practice in Family Wellbeing case management
Bottom: Kevin Walker, Alice Dooley & Ricardo Rimando from Kummara presenting on FLDM across FPP and FWS




QATSICPP is excited to announce Zeek Power will perform LIVE at this year's Awards night!
Zeek Power was a top 4 finalist representing Team Kelly Rowland on the 8th season of Australia’s The Voice, on Channel 9.

Zeek Power is a solo artist hailing from Brisbane, QLD. Despite his humble beginnings, Zeek has already managed to independently build a small online empire, thanks to his ongoing dedication to his YouTube channel and his relentless live touring schedule; including support tours with Sheppard and Busby Marou.

Zeek has also been filling rooms all over the country as front man for the independent 3-piece Slip-On Stereo; supporting numerous local and international acts including award winning New Zealand based band, Sons Of Zion.

Still capturing audiences across the globe with his ‘ult-R&B’ twist on pop songwriting, he is rapidly becoming a worldwide YouTube sensation with over 30 thousand subscribers and just under 4 million views.

Tickets can be purchased here



Candice Butler

QATSICPP is proud to announce Candice Butler, QATSICPP Manager Practice Development, will present at the 5th International Indigenous Voices In Social Work Conference in Hualien, Taiwan on 5 to 7 August 2019.

Candice will be presenting on Aboriginal Kinship Care, and Active Efforts.

We are confident Candice's expertise and passion will provide an engaging and informative insight into the work QATSICPP and the Sector are engaged in.

To find out more about the conference, please visit

QATSICPP is excited to announce Sean Choolburra Live & Deadly!! at the QATSICPP 10 Year Anniversary Dinner on 28 June 2019. 

Sean Choolburra LARGE

Read more about Sean below.

Charming, captivating, cheeky, clever and charismatic, Sean Choolburra has carved his niche as Australia's No 1 Indigenous entertainer. 

Sean's comedy is uniquely & truly Australian. His is a fresh new voice in a comedy scene inundated by white fellas. He blends pop culture, dance, comedy and hip hop in a high energy, feel good show. 

“Part of my shows look at my Aboriginal and Australian identity, that is becoming very Americanised. My old grandfather says "Look at you kids, dressing up like Americans" without noticing he himself wearing cowboy hat and boots just like John Wayne. He likes to jibe us about wearing hip hop clothes and LA hats, "You kids have never been to LA", and I say LA doesn't stand for Los Angeles it stands for 'Love Aboriginal', then I break into a bit of didge hip hop rap.” – Sean Choolburra

Sean gives audiences a chance to get in on many hilarious 'Black Fella Yarns'. Perhaps it is his ability to share the naivety of a small town aboriginal boy, still coming to grips with the big city lights, that makes him all that much more inviting and engaging as a performer.

Sean is a dynamic and versatile comedian, rap singer, dancer, storyteller, actor & hip-hop didge player. He is a rising star of not only the comedy world, but also as an all-round entertainer, and is guaranteed to raise your spirit while splitting your spleen. 

Check out Sean on YouTube: 

Live performance by Rochelle Pitt at the QATSICPP 10 Year Anniversary Dinner


QATSICPP is delighted to announce Rochelle Pitt will provide a live performance at the QATSICPP 10 Year Anniversary Dinner at Rydges South Bank on Friday evening 28 June 2019. 

Read more about Rochelle below:

Rochelle Pitt is a Butchulla/Kalkadoon and traditional owner of Quandamooka Nation who started singing and performing at a young age in the churches and choirs of Far North Queensland.

Her long journey has forged a powerful voice that celebrates the strength, beauty and love within all of us. In her early twenties, Rochelle had breakout success with her original tracks “Too Deadly My Sister” and “Black to Reality” from her seminal EP Black to Reality, an uplifting and inspirational ode to her First Nation people. The conviction of her live performances leaves audiences breathless, and in recent years Rochelle has found mainstream success as she went from nurse and mother, to star on Australia’s The X factor.

Rochelle’s newest EP, Soul Mumma was released in December 2017, and today she continues to enjoy performances across Australia at music festivals, community events and across the corporate sector. She is also proud ambassador for APRA AMCOS advocating for the rights of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander singer/songwriters, and passionately supports organisations such as Kidney Health Australia. 



  • Child Protection Environment


    of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children were placed with a kinship or Indigenous carer.
  • Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Protection Peak


    There are 69,200 Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander children / young people in Queensland.