Welfare Reform is a partnership between five welfare reform communities, the Queensland Government, Australian Government and the Cape York Institute for Policy and Leadership. Welfare Reform aims to address the collapse of social norms and passive dependence on welfare which has displaced responsibility from many Indigenous people.
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Local Commissioners are Elders or respected community members who encourage individuals appearing before the Commission to take the necessary steps to make lasting changes which will benefit their health, wellbeing, home and community life.
The Commissioner and Local Commissioners meet regularly to conference clients and make referrals to community support services, or in certain circumstances, to the Department of Human Services, Centrelink for income management.
Each community in which we operate has panel with at least two (2) Local Commissioners, supported by a Local Coordinator and legally qualified Commissioner. Local Commissioners provide guidance and advice, suggesting solutions in keeping with rights, tradition and custom.
A full list of Local Commissioners and Local Coordinators is provided on this site, for each community.