- Tell the story of citizen-led community transformation through Neighbourhood Centres
- Build cross sector relationships to increase the value and effectiveness of centres
- Provide opportunities for centres to be connected and united
- Train and lead centres in place based community development
- Foster research and evaluation into the community based work of centres
QFCA is the peak body for Queensland neighbourhood and community centres (NCCs) and is recognised as such by the Queensland Government, other Peaks and Neighbourhood Centre organisations across Australia.
The QFCA membership base and NCCs are comprised of diverse, community-based organisations immersed in place-based work. Together they reach over 1.8 million Queenslanders per year (NCC Survey 2020). 129 organisations are current members of QFCA, including over 93% of NCCs funded under the DCDSS Neighbourhood Centre funding program. QFCA’s membership has grown by over 50% in the past three years due to our extensive engagement activities and sector relevance.
QFCA works alongside neighbourhood centres to build sector capacity and capability across rural, regional and urban NCCs and their communities. This includes - building a strong evidence base through fostering research into NCCs, their impact and challenges; raising the profile of NCC’s and highlighting their community-led, place-based practice; and encouraging sector leadership through opportunities for collaborative action, network building, information and resource sharing, peer support and tailored training and support.
QFCA is grounded in, and accountable to, neighbourhood centres. QFCA board members and staff are comprised of current and former neighbourhood centre committee members, managers and workers. Staff members operate out of NCCs across QLD – Chinchilla, Cairns, Deception Bay and Brisbane. QFCA is immersed in the daily experiences, strategic challenges and core value of our members. This deep understanding of neighbourhood centres is strengthened by our strong partnerships with other peak bodies, government departments and academic research institutions. Notably, QFCA sits on the board of the national peak body for neighbourhood centres, the Australian Neighbourhood and Communities Association (ANHCA), which in turn works with the global NCC network. This creates opportunities for best practice resource-sharing, collaborations and insights into the sector nationally and globally.
QFCA nurtures relationships with over 140 NCCs throughout Queensland, providing training and development opportunities, participatory research projects, networking, sector data, resources and professional support. We also work closely with government to provide policy advice, stakeholder linkages and real-time community data.
The management committee of the association consists of 3 ordinary members
from south-east Queensland and 4 ordinary members from regional or rural
Queensland.Two associate members with relevant qualifications and experience that benefit the association may also be appointed to the management committee.
South East Queensland Members:
Tomas Passeggi, Caloundra Community Centre (President)
Mel Hilditch, Community Plus+
Caroline Cuckson, Deception Bay Neighbourhood Centre
Regional and Rural Queensland Members:
Louise Judge, Chinchilla Community Centre (Treasurer)
Valeriya Edsall, The Neighbourhood Hub, Mackay
Alana Wahl, Laidley Community Centre
Tanya Stevenson, Hervey Bay Neighbourhood Centre (Secretary)
Fiona Hunt, Director, Basic Rights Queensland