We Are

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Watch as Queensland grows – our population increases by about one person every 6 minutes and 22 seconds.

We live in a beautiful and dynamic state that is home to almost five million people and visited by many more. Queensland is a great state for many reasons, but our people are our greatest asset. Help us celebrate the diversity and individuality of our people and learn more about how the Queensland Government is supporting safe, vibrant and inclusive communities.

Queensland teachers leading social cohesion

2017 Australian of the Year from Queensland

2017 Australian of the Year, Alan Mackay-Sim from Queensland is a leader in stem cell research and cell transplantation therapy, and has been recognised for his work as a biomedical scientist treating spinal cord injuries.

4.2% of Queenslanders are Indigenous

20.5% of Queenslanders were born overseas

9.8% of Queenslanders speak a language other than English at home

Queenslanders speak more than 220 languages

Queenslanders hold more than 100 religious beliefs

Young people make up 30% of our state

2017 Queensland Greats recipients

Extraordinary Queenslanders were recognised for their efforts and achievements in contributing to our state at the 2017 Queensland Greats Awards.

Queenslanders Our population increases by about one person every 7.5 minutes

Queenslanders are from more than 220 countries

2016 Young Australians of the Year

Best mates from Queensland, Nic Marchesi and Lucas Patchett built a free mobile laundry in their old van to help the homeless. Orange Sky Laundry began in September 2014 and since then, the world first idea has rapidly expanded to five vans in Brisbane, Melbourne, South East Victoria, Sydney and the Gold Coast.

We Are Queensland grants program 2017–18

Through the We Are Queensland grants program, the Queensland Government supported Queenslanders to be more involved in their communities and encouraged a society where everyone is respected and welcome to make a positive and valued contribution to the community.

Search the We Are Queensland projects.

Applicant organisation nameTotal grant fundingProjectProject start dateProject end date
Acacia Ridge Community Support Inc.$16,431Belong: "Creating Connections Through Story"
Host story-crafting workshops for participants, culminating in a hosted dinner and cross-media materials that will be available to the community of Queensland.
Access Community Services Ltd$20,000Bridging Cultures
Experience different cultural traditions through cultural food, entertainment, market stalls, art displays, story-telling, sporting activities, music and dance.
Access Community Services Ltd$15,308Growing Food for Friends
Establishing a community garden (including a children’s sensory garden) at Elm Park, Woodridge that will offer a range of plots to encourage people to come together for a shared purpose.
Access Recreation Inc.$6,034Meet and Eat—a community kitchen
Access Recreation Inc., a support service for people with disabilities, will host a neighbourhood event where, using produce from a community garden, people with disabilities will showcase their cooking skills and teach through a ‘masterclass’ concept.
Boyne Valley Community Discovery Centre Incorporated$6,000Coming Together
Monthly community events to bring local families together in a variety of situations to discover common interests.
Brisbane Multicultural Arts Centre Ltd$20,000We Are Logan Community Choir
Establish a cross-cultural We Are Logan Community Choir to connect migrants and refugees with established communities.
Cairns Regional Council$20,000A True Beginning
A one-night spectacle of locally produced and presented story, song and dance, told in two one-hour acts.
Camp Hill Community and Sporting Club Inc.$14,500Neighbours Day—African & Camp Hill Community Day
Camp Hill Community & Sporting Club (CHCSC) and the Queensland African Communities Council (QACC) jointly hosting a neighbourhood community cultural and social event on Neighbours Day 2018.
Caningeraba State School P&C Association$14,000We are Caningeraba
'We are Caningeraba’ uses the power of storytelling to link parents, grandparents and services within a large primary school. The project uses multi-modal arts, crafts and culinary activities to build understanding, empathy and connection for families.
Centacare NQ$10,400Cultural Flavour Exchange
A food literacy program providing practical nutrition and food safety information for women in a group education format, while focusing on and learning English.
Central Queensland Multicultural Association Inc.$15,000Cross-Cultural Community Sport Carnival
A fun-filled event delivered in Multicultural Month 2018—the carnival will consist of a number of matches in traditional sports derived from cultural groups from the Fitzroy Region.
City of Gold Coast$17,500We are Gold Coasters
Community centre events hosted to connect residents with local activities and groups and increase connections between residents from different backgrounds. Events will include performances, demonstrations, activities, and information.
Clermont Artslink Inc.$10,000Peace Pole Project
Showcasing community spirit and resilience via design, consultation and planting. Peace poles is a visual record of the people/events of Clermont facilitated through the connection of individuals and groups from the community.
Compassionate Gold Coast Ltd$19,900Higher Education Project
Engaging university students and emerging leaders through conversations and city-wide gatherings, partnerships and mentoring.
Cooktown District Community Centre$20,000Bind Us Together, Sharing Songs Sharing Culture
Bringing together local Indigenous and non-Indigenous musicians over a 12 month period to perform a series of concerts for the general community.
Creative Regions Ltd$20,000GROW Bundaberg and Childers
Producing songs, podcasts and collaborative artworks to reduce social isolation and empower women to share their stories in a supportive environment.
Crescents of Brisbane Inc.$10,000Connecting and Communicating through Coding
Young boys and girls, together with their parents, from different faith and ethnic groups will come together in mixed teams to develop ideas for software applications guided by mentors.
Crossroad Arts Inc.$20,000Unlikely Encounters
Crossroad Arts will bring workshops for children with special needs, aged care residents and their families together in multi-art project that will then be projected onto CBD buildings over seven nights.
Dalby Welcoming Community Inc.$19,810Connecting Neighbours—Dalby Style
Dalby Welcoming Community and Gallery 107 are collaborating to connect neighbours at Dalby's Delicious & DeLIGHTful Festival through a series of four ‘Connecting Neighbours' challenges and activities.
Darumbal Community Youth Services Incorporated$20,000Warba Wangarunya (One Together)
A culturally-inclusive event bringing communities together from across Central Queensland.
Donald Simpson Community Centre Ltd$10,960Harmony Festival
Celebrating the richness of cultural diversity through traditional dances, songs, skits, and talks.
Eacham Community Help Organisation Inc.$5,380Harmony Day
Celebrate the food and entertainment of our diverse, culturally-rich community while showcasing vital social and community groups and service providers.
Everton Park State School Parents and Citizens Association$20,000Yarning at Everton Park
Based at the Everton Park State School (EPSS) this project will bring together the EPSS community, local child care centres and community groups. The project recognises the important role of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in our community and will feature a yarning circle, to enhance community cohesion and connections.
Fraser Coast Regional Council$15,000Community Leadership Program
Working with community residents to drive community change, learn new ways to build community capacity and resilience, and reduce the isolation that residents in the 13 smaller communities on the Fraser Coast may experience.
FSG Australia$5,000Pride In Place
Art workshops for residents delivered by a talented local Indigenous artist to replace graffiti with murals and collaborative works on the property.
Gondwana Choirs$10,385Cairns Songfest Choir
Non-Indigenous children from the Cairns region will collaborate with the internationally-acclaimed Cairns Gondwana Indigenous Children's Choir, culminating in a public performance in Cairns in September 2018.
Gunggari Aboriginal Property Association$6,70550 Year Anniversary of the bulldozing of the Yumba
A community event to commemorate the return of a traditional Gunggari shield to country and 50 years since the bulldozing of the Yumba.
Inkmasters Cairns Inc.$19,123The BIG PRINT at InkFest Festival of Printmaking 2018
InkMasters delivers linocut workshops to schools and various community groups which are later printed at a public event by InkMasters, workshop participants, peers and friends, plus tourists and visitors. They will ink the lino blocks and then dance on c10x1.2m length of printmaking fabric to produce the BIG PRINT, accompanied by a Jamaican Steel Band. The print will show in a CBD Gallery for two weeks and in indigenous communities and schools.
Institute of Modern Art$20,000Connecting Communities and Youth through Weaving
Connecting Communities and Youth through Weaving will be a series of four free weaving workshops for culturally-diverse youth at the Institute of Modern Art (IMA), led by artists from Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, and Pacific cultural backgrounds: Hannah Gutchen (Torres Strait), Lisa Hilli (Papua New Guinea), Maryanne Talia Pau (Samoa), and Freja Carmichael (Quandamooka).
Ipswich City Council$14,595My Culture Through My Lens
Creating and strengthening relationships of Redbank Plains residents through photography and narration. Participants will attend monthly facilitated meetings to share photographs and discuss images captured, breaking down communication and cultural barriers within the Redbank Plains community.
Islamic Society of Central Queensalnd$11,000National Mosque Open Day 2017
The National Mosque Open Day is an initiative run by the Lebanese Muslim Association (LMA) and proudly supported by the Department of Social Services. This event saw a number of mosques around the country opening their doors to the wider Australian public.
Islamic Women's Association of Australia$19,620Parenting between Cultures
Parenting Between Cultures is a tailored parenting program for Muslim parents that helps to prevent young people from being involved in anti-social behaviour. The program which will be provided in Toowoomba and Logan City, offers a venue for parents and carers to get together and share parenting experiences and tools in a safe and non-judgmental manner.
Ivory's Rock Foundation$10,000Community Day Ivory's Rock Welcoming different cultures and recent arrivals in Queensland
A community day for 300–350 refugees from throughout the region, in collaboration with Multicultural Development (MDA) in May 2018.
Kerbside Collective$10,000Community Circus Workshops
Activating local public spaces by offering free physical and circus workshops to a variety of community members, including youth, young families and disengaged people in the community; culminating in two showcases to share their creative endeavours.
KickArts Contemporary Arts LTD$20,000Secret Recipes—An exhibition celebrating Cairns Chinese New Year
A multimedia exhibition that captures personal stories of how food has developed and strengthened positive relationships and cross-cultural networks between diverse members of the Cairns community.
La Luna Youth Arts Association$20,000Little Day Out series
A series of free events with the sole aim of encouraging people to connect with those who live in their neighbourhood and fostering strong personal connections.
Logan City Council$20,000Logan Neighbours Connect
Community Centres will deliver free events and activities to provide opportunities for meaningful engagement between people from the many cultures of the area. Events will be as diverse and vibrant as our community, and may include community dinners, cooking classes, and artistic workshops.
Lupton Park Community Garden Association Inc.$13,155Growing Community
Bringing together people from different cultures to share stories relating to food and food plants and how this brings their peoples together. Within the Lupton Park Community Garden we will grow food plants from the groups knowledge, cook dishes made from these plants and share stories over and around this food.
Mackay Regional Council$8,760Free Family Movie Night
A free family outdoor movie night and BBQ for four rural communities in our region still recovering from the impact of Tropical Cyclone Debbie.
McKinlay Shire Council$10,000Community Meet and Greet Day
A meet and great day encompassing a professional cricket clinic in the morning, a ‘Town vs Country’ cricket match in the afternoon, followed by a community barbecue.
Mercy Community Services$17,000Lowood Community Cultural Garden
A cultural space for the community to enjoy, with a bush tukka garden, native trees, flowering plants and other wildlife-attracting plant species.
Moreton Bay Regional Council$16,200Neighbour Day in Moreton Bay
A tailored awareness campaign to be delivered in the lead up to Neighbour Day promoting the day and events in local parks across the region.
Multicultural Communities Council Gold Coast Ltd$10,516Pop-up Harmony Day
A pop-up event to celebrate Harmony Day and the cultural diversity of the Gold Coast region, through exploration and participation in cultural dance workshops, music and cultural performances.
Nambour Community Centre Inc.$15,000Faith, Friends and Future
Free inter-faith forums hosted by different religious leaders who will share their beliefs, and encourage dialogue between different groups.
Nundah Community Enterprises Cooperative$19,727Picnics in the Park
Picnics organised across North East Brisbane for locals to meet around fun, food and storytelling.
Obbo Women Community Development Agency Inc.$9,000Linking Families
Linking up to 125 African families with other families—programs and activities offered to empower families and inspire them to contribute to the wider Queensland community.
Opera Queensland$15,500Open Stage school and community workshops
Workshops with distance education students in Cunnamulla, Eulo and Charleville, who will perform alongside OperaQ artists in a community performance.
Playgroup Queensland$6,962Capricornia Creates Play
Two half-day forums to inform, educate and create cross-cultural relationships to increase inclusivity and awareness in community playgroups.
Puuya Foundation$20,000Women's Leadership Program
Innovative and inclusive community capacity building strategies in remote Aboriginal community, Lockhart River.
QPCYWA—Emerald PCYC$19,100Emerald PCYC Youth Garden Project
Youth Garden Project to develop skills with disenfranchised youth community.
QPCYWA—Townsville Branch$15,000Townsville PCYC Cultural Planting Project
Cultural planting project to connect community members around the Indigenous cultural significance of the Townsville landscape.
Queensland Music Festival Pty Ltd$20,000The Power of Song
Connecting communities in the Isaac region through a series of choral and songwriting workshops.
Queensland Writers Centre Association$9,500Write On! Logan
Writing workshops covering techniques from life-writing to song-writing for Logan residents.
Red Ridge (Interior Queensland) Ltd$15,000Inspiration in Isolation
Connecting women from remote Queensland rural bush communities through motivational and health and wellbeing activities at the Channel Country Ladies Day.
Rosalind Creedon auspiced by Second Shot Pty Ltd$20,000International Meal Swap
Connecting families with English as their second language, through arranged meal swaps.
Scenic Rim Regional Council$9,203Fires on Top of Mountains—Youth Flock Project—Bird Light Artworks and performance
A multi-artform community arts activation to celebrate the culture, identity and stories of the Scenic Rim during the Commonwealth Games.
South Burnett CTC Inc.$5,500Family Fun Day
A day of free fun to bring together families in the community with the aim to build relationships and promote healthy families.
Southside Artists Inc.$10,100Unity-Interactive Public Art Project
Interactive art project to raise consciousness about the labels we give ourselves and others, and celebrate our uniqueness and diversity.
Sunshine Coast Regional Council$20,000At Home—In My Neighbourhood
Enhancing avenues and support for individuals and families to build inclusive and connected neighbourhoods.
Texas Arts Council Incorporated$10,000Trash to Treasure Texas
A sculptural project to highlight sense of community and promote sustainable environment through use of recycled farm items.
The Community Place$9,900Kalinga Ignites—Connecting Community Together
A free, open and fun community event to bring together local communities.
The Migrant Centre Organisation Inc.$14,100We are Queensland—We are Gold Coast!
A hands-on platform for people to get to know the new faces in their neighbourhood and create genuine and meaningful connections.
The Roman Catholic Trust Corporation for the Diocese of Cairns$13,538One World Welcome Dinners
Connecting recently-arrived refugee and migrant families with other Australian families through food, music and dance.
The Song Room$17,485Community Connections in Caboolture
A collaborative community art project created through a series of workshops with local communities.
Toowoomba Regional Council$20,000TooCon: pop culture festival
A family-friendly pop culture festival to celebrate diversity through mediums of comics, anime, manga, gaming and cosplay and locally-sourced markets.
Townsville City Council$20,000Community Fun Day
A family-friendly event screening a movie in the park and an opportunity to try a new sport, learn about local community services and centres.
Townsville Intercultural Centre Ltd$20,000Queensland Is My Home
A series of BBQs held to introduce people in local communities and encourage new relationships.
Townsville Islamic Society$16,000Intercultural Food Share: Celebrating Townsville Multicultural Unity in Diversity
An intercultural Foods for Unity workshop to build unity and inclusiveness between cultural groups.
Vulcana Women's Circus$19,000Circus Connections
Bringing together students and aged-care residents through workshops, storytelling and a performance.
Wide Bay Kids Community Inc$16,390Grandparents Stories—A Community Calendar
Connecting elders of different cultural backgrounds and faith groups with Queensland families and the broader community.
YellowBridge QLD$17,450Community-created children's book
Collaborative project with local youths to produce a children’s book to encourage understanding and inclusivity.