Queensland Social Cohesion Implementation Committee

In June 2016, the Queensland Government established the Queensland Social Cohesion Implementation Committee as a step towards enhancing social cohesion in our communities.

The Committee has developed an action plan, with priorities and related strategies that:

  • promote the benefits of diversity in Queensland
  • strengthen community cohesion and resilience
  • reduce marginalisation
  • address anti-social behaviour and behaviour that may lead to violence or physical harm to others.

The Committee reports to the Queensland Security Cabinet Committee through the Premier and Minister for Trade, and the Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations, Minister for Racing and Minister for Multicultural Affairs.

Read the Committee's Terms of Reference (PDF, 144 KB) Read the Committee's Terms of Reference (DOCX, 17 KB).

Committee membership

At May 2019, the membership of the Committee comprises:

  • Mr Scott Stewart MP (Chair)
  • Professor Lesley Chenoweth AO (Deputy Chair)
  • Mrs Josephine Aufai
  • Mr Petero Civoniceva
  • Ms Gail Ker OAM
  • Mr Fahim Khondaker
  • Miss Prudence Melom
  • Ms Tammy Wallace

A number of government department representatives attend Committee meetings as observers.

We are Queensland small grants program 2017–18

The We Are Queensland small grants program supports Queenslanders to be more involved in their communities. The successful grants program projects are being rolled out across the state and are assisting Queensland-based not-for-profit organisations, community groups and local councils to deliver community-led initiatives to build a stronger sense of community and to enhance the sense of belonging for all Queenslanders.

Grants of up to $20,000 were awarded to 70 recipients to deliver projects to create opportunities for families, community groups, and individuals to feel included and connected within the broader community. The program was delivered under the Cohesive Communities Action Plan 2016–18, with the aim to promote a society where everyone is respected and welcome to make a positive and valued contribution to the community.

To find out more about the successful projects visit the We Are Queensland website.