Communify Queensland is an established community organisation providing a diverse range of services
Communify originated in 1978 when the Red Hill Paddington Community Centre (RHPCC) was formed by a small group of local residents at Caxton Street, Paddington with the intention to provide activities, support and advocacy services for local people.
The Centre had a couple of homes in the Paddington area and in 1993 moved to the site of our current main office at 180 Jubilee Terrace, Bardon.
In 2007 the Red Hill Paddington Community Centre was renamed Communify Queensland. This new name reflects our current vision and mission and recognises that while we are a local agency our services stretch out over many more suburbs.
Over the years our centre has developed a broad range of services in response to the needs identified by our community.
An engaged, unified community leading change.
Supporting the community on all sides by working creatively to meet needs and interests in a rapidly changing world.
Integrity: We are committed to a culture of honesty, accountability, transparency and justice.
Passionate: We are determined to actions that improve the quality of life and a sense of belonging.
Inclusive: We advocate for inclusive communities that support participation and access.
Creative: We are committed to new ways of supporting and engaging.
Collaborative: We embrace opportunities to build alliances that strengthen our capacity.
We’re proud of our Annual Reports
They have achieved ‘Silver’ in the Australasian Reporting Awards in both 2017 and 2018. Our reports tell our story and are a great place to read more about who we are and what we do.
Our annual reports are available to download.
Communify is committed to providing a high quality of care and support to the people we provide services too. This includes ensuring that services are well planned; internal controls are in place to comply with relevant funding body standards; a quality management system is in place; the service is effective in meeting the diverse needs of the community; and the service is provided at the best possible level of quality. The services we provide are diverse and we continually shape our services, programs and activities to support those in need effectively.
Our Quality Objective
Our quality objective is to meet or exceed our client’s requirements and expectations in a proactive, professional and cost effective manner. To achieve this objective:
- Establish and maintain a Quality Management System in accordance with AS/ANZ ISO 9001.
- Provide adequate resources to continually review and improve our business process.
- Work in partnership with our clients and all other relevant stakeholders.
- Embrace the responsibility for quality practice in everything we do and encourage all people to integrate quality management into the way we work and promote its application as a method for continual improvement within there are of responsibility.
- Develop and document objectives and targets for our core activities.
- Review and adapt to relevant industry standards, regulatory requirements or contractual arrangements.
- Review and evaluate our performance across all services, ensuring that we continue to improve in all we do.
The Corporate and Leadership Teams will show leadership and commitment, and bear the responsibility for establishing, implementing, integrating and maintaining the Quality Management System.
Chief Executive Officer
Thursday 30 November 2017
The purpose of the Child Protection Act 1999 (QLD) is to provide for the protection of children.
The underlying principle of the Child Protection Act 1999 is that all children have the right to protection from harm.
Harm to a child is any detrimental effect of a significant nature on the child’s physical, psychological or emotional wellbeing. It is immaterial how the harm is caused.
Harm can be caused by physical, psychological or emotional abuse or neglect; or sexual abuse or exploitation.
The purpose of this policy is to ensure that all employees and volunteers at Communify have clear guidelines to assist them in responding to suspicions or allegations of harm to children accessing the service.
Our commitment to a child safe culture
Communify Qld offers a range of services that enable us to reach out, advocate, connect and inform. We work with a multitude of people in a range of programs to promote a diverse, socially just and inclusive community. A number of our programs enable us to work directly with families and young children.
In recognising that children are vulnerable to the actions of adults we embrace the following:
Statement of Commitment
Communify believes that all children have the right to a life that is free from harm. Our services that cater to children aim to provide an environment that is free from any type of abuse or intentional harm. Employees and volunteers at these services are aware of their obligations under the law in regards to the welfare of children and at all times uphold their obligation.
Harm to a child is any detrimental effect of a significant nature on the child’s physical, psychological or emotional wellbeing. It is immaterial how the harm is caused. Harm can be caused by – physical, psychological or emotional abuse or neglect; sexual abuse or exploitation.
Child and Youth Risk Management Strategy
Communify Qld will comply with legislative framework outlined in the Working with Children (Risk Management and Screening) Act 2000 and Working with Children (Risk Management and Screening Regulations 2011 to keep children and young people safe.
In order to comply with the legislative framework, a child and youth risk management strategy must include eight minimum requirements. These requirements are:
- Address the organisation’s commitment to creating a safe and supportive service environment;
- Strengthen an organisation’s capability to provide such an environment;
- Assist an organisation to manage any particular concerns with respect to the safety and wellbeing of children and young people who are involved with the organisation, and
- Promote the consistency of an organisation’s approach to risk management, both within the organisation and with respect to compliance with the requirements under the Act.
Chief Executive Officer
6 December 2017
Download pdf: Our Committment to a Child Safe Culture
Carolyn is a consultant working with clients in areas of leadership, change management, relationship management and policy and strategy.
She brings over 30 years of practical knowledge and experience from holding senior to CEO level positions in government in areas including housing, employment and training, women’s policy, health and residential tenancies.
Carolyn brings governance and company director skills having been a director on several government boards and the Board of an NGO working against domestic violence.
Janet Marshall is an Ashgrovian who loves the familiarity of her community whether it be the people or places or just knowing where to go for something she needs.
She has always enjoyed being involved in community and has a long history of voluntary service in community organisatons such as National Trust of Queensland, Planning Institute of Australia and the Queensland Conservation Council. Janet is an urban and regional planner and is currently in a senior leadership role in a private company.Janet contributes property and business leadership skills to the Board.
Her advice to those who are interested in working with community groups is to work out what time you have available then find something that interests you and get involved. If you match your time with the right involvement, you’ll enjoy the difference it makes.
Bea Duffield has lived in Ashgrove since 1989. She loves this suburb and finds her community inclusive, reliable and friendly.
Bea volunteers at The Exchange at Kelvin Grove where she helps people improve their English skills. She believes that Communify’s focus on sustainable community development is the basis for building a compassionate and supportive society. Working with Communify is her way of giving something back to the community.
Bea’s background is in veterinary microbiology and she has worked in various roles for government and private enterprise.
She has expanded her voluntary work to include working with social enterprises in Vietnam and Cambodia with the Australian Aid program.
Kent has lived in Milton and New Farm for more than 20 years enjoying the social mixtures and community spirit of the inner suburbs.
This led to him accepting the role of President of New Farm Neighbourhood Centre with its goals of promoting social justice, diversity and inclusion. In this role he guided the amalgamation of the Centre with Communify in 2014.
He has contributed to a number of other not for profit organisations including being Joint Chair of Under 1 Roof, Chair of the Board of La Boite Theatre, Member of the Board of Epilepsy Queensland and the Attorney-General’s representative on the Queensland Legal Aid Commission.
Kent is an organizational consultant who works in the government, not for profit and for profit sectors on a multiplicity of projects including organisational analysis and design, corporate governance, program evaluation, strategic planning, solving sensitive management dilemmas and leadership of large renewal initiatives.
Tania is Brisbane born and bred and calls the sleepy bayside suburb of Lota home.
After nearly 20 years as a lawyer, in 2010 Tania started her own business providing independent company secretary and corporate governance services to the NFP sector.
Tania has been working with Communify as company secretary since 2013 and provides ongoing support to the Board and CEO on governance and compliance issues.
“One of the many benefits of owning your own business is choosing to work with people and organisations who share my passion for working within communities to improve lives. I feel very honoured to work with the dedicated Communify team.”
Glenys is Brisbane-born and bred and has lived in Auchenflower for more than 20 years.
Her professional career was in the field of employment and industrial relations and she holds in-depth knowledge of both the public and private sectors.
In her role as a Tribunal Member, Glenys travelled the State examining the work performed by community services employees as part of a case to re-evaluate their wages. This allowed her to engage with an array of community organisations, understand the funding ssues and meet many of the hardworking people employed in this challenging and rewarding sector.
Her recent transition to retirement from full time work allowed her to explore the range of activities and services offered by Communify. Glenys joined the volunteers at the Free Range Library and is now one of its joint coordinators.
Glenys has completed the Company Directors’ course and has previously served as a board member with two significant educational institutions, including QUT. She is excited to be part of this dynamic community organisation and having the opportunity to contribute to its strategic development.
Peter has spent his life in New Farm and enjoys all the values the community has offered over the years.
He joined the New Farm Neighbourhood Centre Management Committee just before its merger with Communify.
Peter is a Chartered Accountant with over 16 years’ experience and is a partner in a mid-size accounting firm in the city. Peter has specialist financial knowledge and skill across a broad spectrum of tax and advisory matters and works across a range of industries and professional areas.
Andrew is a communication and advertising digital strategy expert.
He has over 10 years of experience and skills working with top tier clients in a number of different facets of digital including website, CRM, social, data, content and digital creative.
Recently joining GPY&R after working in Sydney and Brisbane with a number of clients including; Lion (XXXX, Hahn, James Squires), Comm Bank, Coca-Cola, Foot Locker, Air Asia, QLD Government and TAFE Queensland he is passionate about developing solutions to real business problems using digital.
Acknowledgement of Traditional Owners
Committed to supporting reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australian people.
In keeping with the spirit of reconciliation, we acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the lands where Communify works.
We wish to pay respect to the Elders – past, present and emerging – and acknowledge the important role Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people continue to play within our community.
Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services
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