Our Work

State-wide Network

QDN is a Queensland-wide network of people with disability, for people with disability.

We provide a pathway for people with disability to have a say in the issues that affect their lives – to have a voice.

Click here to learn more about us.

Click here to learn more about becoming a member – it’s FREE!

Click here to learn more about our policy work.

Our Priorities

Our current priorities are:

  1. Promote and maintain strong vibrant networks throughout Queensland.
  2. Facilitate the exchange of accessible information and lived experiences.
  3. Influence governments and others to bring about full and equal participation and citizenship.
  4. Grow an effective, sustainable, accountable organisation that reflects our values.

Learn more about how we are doing this by reading our Strategic Plan:

Click here to access Strategic Plan (PDF).

Click here to access Strategic Plan (Word).

Hot Issues

Our members, through surveys and state-wide gatherings, have identified key issues as our immediate priorities. These drive our work, and help us to decide where to place our resources and direct our energy.

The hot issues for our members are:

  • Improving housing options for people with disability;
  • An ongoing commitment to the NDIS and a commitment to ongoing State Government disability and community care services;
  • Employment and training;
  • Comprehensive public transport; and
  • Delivering an integrated, accessible and timely health system.

Click here to find out more about these hot issues.

Current Projects and Programs

QDeNgage

People with disability make up almost 20% of the population. One in five Queenslanders identify as having a disability and want to be customers and consumers of all that business, industry and the community has to offer.

QDeNgage (an initiative of QDN) connects businesses, organisations, and departments to people with lived experience of disability to provide feedback, advice and information, and to share their knowledge and expertise, through a broad range of services.

Click here to find out more about QDeNgage.

Disability Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction

The Disability Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction (DIDRR) Framework and Toolkit for Queensland is a project in partnership with the Centre for Disability Research and Policy at the University of Sydney, Community Services Industry Alliance (CSIA), and is funded by, and in partnership with, the Queensland Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors (DCDSS).

Click here to find out more about Disability Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction.

Changing Lives, Changing Communities

Changing Lives, Changing Communities are a series of 6, two-day events across Queensland, held over two years that focus on creating new ways for people – citizens, community organisations, the private sector and government representatives – to come together, envision and ask “what will it take to create communities where everyone contributes, matters and belongs?”

Changing Lives, Changing Communities is about bringing together all parts of the community to co-create solutions to ensure everyone is included in their community, and can access what they need; like a place to call home, good health, transport, education, and meaningful employment.

Click here to find out more about Changing Lives, Changing Communities.

Local Support Groups

Local Support Groups are groups of Queenslanders with various disabilities supporting each other to build capacity to achieve social and economic participation in their communities and to live the life they choose.

A key part of the groups’ work is helping people get ready for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

Local Support Groups are supported by QDN in its role as a Disability Support Organisation (DSO), funded through the National Disability Insurance Agency.

Click here to find out more about our Local Support Groups.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Disability Network of Queensland

The Network seeks to be a strong voice on issues impacting on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with disability, their families, carers and communities.

Click here to find out more about the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Disability Network of Queensland.

Click here to become a member of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Disability Network of Queensland.

Phone:  1800 818 338 (free call)

Email:    atsidnq@qada.org.au

Housing

QDN has been funded by the Department of Housing and Public Works (DHPW) to undertake some work with a focus on housing and disability.  QDN has provided a disability perspective in a series of state-wide workshops run by QShelter and the DHPW as part of the engagement strategy on the Partnering for Growth (increasing the supply of Community Housing) and Partnering for Impact (responding to homelessness) initiatives.

Click here to find out more about Housing.

Peer Leadership Program

QDN believes in and celebrates the power of peer leadership in affecting change for people with disability. We have established a peer development program which focuses on developing leadership and mentoring skills, group facilitation and knowledge.

Click here to find out more about the Peer Leadership Program.