The QATSICPP Centre of Excellence: Knowledge for Change

The Centre of Excellence is a rich, online hub of authoritative Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural knowledge, wisdom and data.

Created by Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child protection peak (QATSICPP) to drive change in the Queensland child protection and child and family support system, our aim is to build a critical evidence base that will set a new benchmark for best practice in child protection and family support decision making, funding, program design and service delivery.

Together with our research and academic partners, community organisations and sector leaders, we want to share and embed our cultural knowledge. Collectively, we will break down the barriers between knowledge and practice to combat the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in Queensland’s child protection system.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children’s over-representation in out of home care has increased in every state and territory over the last 10 years. Here in Queensland, our children are 8.5 times more likely than non-Indigenous children to be in care.

The Centre of Excellence represents a vital step forward for our sector as we challenge the status quo and redefine what true evidence and self-determination means to us. By harnessing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge of what really works in our communities, and translating that wisdom into action on the ground, we can make a lasting, positive impact on the lives of children and families across our vast state.

  • Knowledge Sharing: We’re sharing our knowledge, wisdom and experience by amplifying the work and voice of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander thought leaders, practitioners and research scholars.
  • Knowledge Creation: We’re delivering collaborative projects with researchers, universities, social research institutes and evaluators that develop and translate new knowledge into practice, policy and program design.
  • Knowledge Translation: We’re turning knowledge into action, empowering practitioners and policymakers with practical tools and resources to support them in their efforts.
  • Practice Wisdom: We’re showcasing positive case studies and outcomes of the five Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principle (ATSICPP) at work with clear evidence of what’s working in Queensland communities.

The Centre of Excellence website hosts a wide range of resources including reports, case studies, position papers, webinars and more. All information on our site has been informed by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge, experience and data.

The Centre of Excellence is a place for our members to share their knowledge and wisdom, learn from each other and build the evidence base for change. Our members, and other community leaders and organisations, can read, use and share our evidence base of contemporary resources, tools, practices and principles to support their work, team and local communities.

Our information, tools and resources are available online, open and accessible to all.

Researchers, universities, social research institutes and evaluators can submit their authoritative cultural knowledge and data for inclusion on our platform, and collaborate with us on new projects that translate knowledge into practice, policy and program design.

We welcome submissions from scholars, researchers and theorists to build our evidence base an elevate our wisdom about what works in child protection in Queensland.

We welcome and encourage expressions of interest to join our community of researchers. Please complete the online form on our website https://coe.qatsicpp.com.au/contact-us/.

The Centre of Excellence will support and equip government partners with access to authoritative cultural evidence, resources and data to inform policy and funding decisions, and embed best practices in program design and delivery.

The Centre of Excellence encourages cross sector collaboration to combat the overrepresentation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in Queensland’s child protection system.

We welcome the opportunity to work with partners across our community to share best practices, collaborate on joint projects and build our evidence base.

Visit the Centre of Excellence website at http://coe.qatsicpp.com.au/

You can also access the website via the QATSICPP website https://www.qatsicpp.com.au/

Designed by renowned Aboriginal artist, Rachael Sarra, the artwork featured throughout the website is titled ‘Within us and around us’. The bold, contemporary artwork has been inspired by the beauty of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and the reminder that it is always with us, within us and around us.

Rachael’s artwork depicts the importance of wisdom, culture and family in the journey of knowledge creation and knowledge sharing. It celebrates the importance of grounding ourselves in culture and family, as the source of our knowledge. Our culture anchors us, and the opportunities extend from there.

To partner with the Centre of Excellence, join our community of researchers, share feedback and resources or make a donation, please complete our online form here.

If you have research, case studies or any other resources you’d like to share, or would like to provide feedback on the Centre of Excellence, please contact our Policy Research and Evaluation Director, Lisa Hillan at lisahillan@qatsicpp.com.au or complete our online form here.

For any other enquiries, please contact the Centre of Excellence team at coe@qatsicpp.com.au

The Centre of Excellence is an initiative of the Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child protection peak (QATSICPP). We represent thirty-five (35) Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community-controlled child protection organisations operating throughout the state – in metropolitan, regional, rural and remote areas.

QATSCIPP works in partnership with members, our communities, practitioners and policymakers to protect our children, young people and families. We want all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children to be emotionally and spiritually strong, live in safe and caring environments within their own families and communities, and are afforded the same life opportunities available to all children and young people to achieve their full potential.