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About Us

Our History

PeakCare Queensland was established in 1999 having evolved from the Child and Family Welfare Association of Queensland and prior to that, the Board of Governing Authorities for residential care.

The shift to PeakCare Queensland occurred in response to a growing awareness of not only other forms of out-of-home care being provided by non-government organisations for children and young people, but also the increasing range of child, youth and family support services that were seen as integral to an effective child protection system. The providers of these services also wished to have their voices properly represented and heard.

In 2014, PeakCare was registered as a charity by the Australian Charities and Not-for-profit Commission.

Who we are today

Staying true to the original intentions of providing an independent and impartial voice able to represent and promote matters of interest to the non-government sector, PeakCare remains a not-for-profit organisation with a Membership base consisting of non-government organisations involved in the delivery of child protection, out-of-home care and related services. A network of Associate Members made up of individuals and other entities with an interest in child protection also subscribe to PeakCare.

In keeping with our Constitution, the strategic directions and governance of PeakCare is guided and monitored by a Board comprised of elected representatives from our Member organisations.

Our Strategic Plan 2021-25

The Strategic Plan 2021-25 contains statements of our vision, our purpose, our beliefs and values, and five areas of strategic intent.

Our Quality Commitment

PeakCare staff are supported to integrate QUALITY into the way they work; and to initiate and promote continual improvement that will ultimately contribute to the safety and wellbeing of children, young people and their families.

Our Vision

Safe and well children – Safe and well families

Our Purpose

To be a respected voice that leads, influences and informs systems, policies, programs and practices that advance the rights and entitlements of children and their families to safety, well-being and equitable access to life opportunities.

Our beliefs and values

Respect and inclusiveness

Reconciliation that honours First Peoples of the Land and their rights to self-determination

Leadership, integrity and courage

Independence, interdependence and impartiality

Our strategic intent

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Knowledge leadership

To nurture and grow knowledge about the rights and entitlements of Queensland children and young people to safety, well-being and equitable access to life opportunities, the needs of their families and communities, and the evidence-base for service responses that best meet their entitlements and needs.

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Thought leadership

To conduct exemplary policy analysis to deepen our sphere of influence and shape informed leadership and dialogue about family support and child protection within communities and across government and non-government sectors at local, state and national levels.

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Advocacy

To be a strong independent voice informed by research, evaluation and evidence to influence and achieve better outcomes for children, young people, families and communities, and a demonstrated recognition of children’s rights and entitlements.

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Value

To listen and create value for members to meet their expectations and provide a sound return on their investment in supporting the organisation’s pursuit of our vision and our facilitation of sector innovation.

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Organisational capabillity

To build internal capability and continually improve the quality of our services.

Our Board

In keeping with our Constitution, the strategic directions and governance of PeakCare are guided and monitored by a Board comprised of elected representatives from our Member organisations.

They represent all Members and come from a range of Member organisations throughout rural, remote, regional and metropolitan Queensland. Board Members are elected to serve two year terms and are eligible to serve a maximum of three consecutive terms.

In keeping with provisions included in the Constitution, the Board may also appoint up to an additional two Members to serve on the Board with skills and experience of benefit to the Board in exercising its duties.

Our Staff

PeakCare Queensland has a dedicated team of professionals
working in a range of permanent and project roles.

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Associate Members

PeakCare also has a number of individual and other entity Associate Members, ranging from private practitioners to academics. PeakCare appreciates that some of these Associate Members would prefer to remain anonymous, and so this information is only published with express permission.

If you are an Associate Member who would like to be listed, please send an email to office@peakcare.org.au.

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Join PeakCare as a Member

Across Queensland, PeakCare has around 50 Full Members that are a mix of small, medium and large, local and statewide, mainstream and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander non-government organisations that provide services to at risk and in care children and young people, their families and communities. In addition, PeakCare’s membership includes a network of over 25 Associate Members who comprise individuals and other entities supportive of PeakCare’s policy platform about the safety and well-being of children and young people, and the support of their families.

Join PeakCare as a Member and invest in the innovative work we do in partnership with, and on behalf of, the child protection sector.

For a moderate annual Membership fee, your investment helps us to maintain a robust and impartial voice that seeks continuous improvement of child protection policy, programs and practice that is well informed by research and the knowledge and experience of our Members and other respected stakeholders.

Read on to learn about the benefits of becoming a Member and to access downloadable application forms.

Member Benefits

Join PeakCare and support the innovative work we do in partnership with, and on behalf of, the child protection sector.

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Your investment helps us to maintain a robust and impartial voice in seeking continuous improvements to child protection policy, programs and practice that is well-informed by research and the knowledge and experience of our Members and other respected stakeholders.

Members benefit from the opportunities their investment provides in contributing to PeakCare’s agenda and building our capacity to achieve the organisation’s vision and strategic intent. This, in turn, adds to the continuous improvement of the child protection system and builds the capacity and capability of our Members, all of which benefits Queensland children and young people, their families, carers and communities.

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Member Benefits

PeakCare Members receive the following benefits:

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    Opportunities to participate in roundtable meetings and other consultation processes about topical policy, program or practice issues

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    Access to information, research, submissions and reports commissioned and/or distributed by PeakCare

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    Discounted (or free) attendance at PeakCare training, symposiums, workshops and other events

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    Access to a range of other discounted (or free) services, resources and products (such as videos) periodically made available to PeakCare Members

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    Free advertising and promotion of job vacancies, events and news via our website, eNews and social media

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    Free meeting room hire, including equipment, at our Paddington, Brisbane premises

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    Membership of the Child and Family Welfare Association of Australia

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    Voting rights at Members meetings and the Annual General Meeting, and the opportunity to stand for election to the Board (subject to certain conditions)

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    Opportunity to play their parts in collectively supporting the important work of PeakCare.

Associate Member Benefits

Individuals or other entities (such as consultancy services or private businesses) that support PeakCare’s policy platform relating to the safety and well-being of children, young people and their families may register as Associate Members. Associate Members enjoy similar benefits to our Full Members apart from voting rights and eligibility to stand for election to the Board.

Apply to become a
Full or Associate Member

Full Members

Organisations wishing to become a Member are required to submit an application form and documentation in support of their application as listed on the application form. Each application is considered and approved by PeakCare’s Board of Governance.

Membership Fees (incl. GST)

Note: The membership year runs from 1st July to 30th June each year

AOrganisations with gross revenue totalling less than $1million per annum$190
BOrganisations with gross revenue totalling more than $1million per annum but less than $2million$320
COrganisations with gross revenue totalling more than $2million per annum but less than $4million$1,220
DOrganisations with gross revenue totalling more than $4million per annum but less than $6million$2,070
EOrganisations with gross revenue totalling more than $6million per annum but less than $8million$2,930
FOrganisations with gross revenue totalling more than $8million per annum$3,780

Guidelines for calculating the payment tier to which your organisation belongs is included within the application form.

Associate Members

Individuals or other entities such as consultancy services or private businesses wishing to become an Associate Member are similarly required to submit an application to PeakCare’s Board of Governance for the Board’s consideration and approval.

Associate Member Fees (incl. GST): $95

Note: The membership year runs from 1st July to 30th June each year.

Application Forms

Click the links below to download an application form. Once completed please email or post your application.
Email: office@peakcare.org.au
Postal Address: PO Box 159, Paddington, Queensland. 4064