TASC will attend the Bundaberg Regional Disability Expo

Come talk to TASC at the Bundaberg Regional Disability Expo on Friday 19 April.

Our disability advocates will be on hand to answer your questions about how we can help around topics like NDIS applications, discrimination and knowing your rights – or just pop in and say hello.

Disability expos are a great opportunity for us to connect and see how we can support each other – so we hope to see you at the Expo!

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National Values Review Day

Wednesday was a special day for the TASC team as we came together for our Professional Development Day. It was a great opportunity for our geographically diverse team to connect and focus on the behaviours that reflect our values and contribute to our success as an organisation.

With consultant Joan Wilson-Jones leading our workshops, we dove into discussions about effective communication, understanding, and reflection on the impact our words and actions have. We looked at how these behaviours lead to better outcomes for our clients, our team, and ourselves, and brainstormed ways to incorporate them into our daily work.

It was a productive day filled with learning and sharing, and we left with a clearer vision of how to support each other and our goals moving forward. Here’s to putting these insights into action and continuing to grow together.

Staff Development Day

TASC’s offices will be closed on Tuesday 21 February for our Staff Development Day.

The day is an opportunity for our team, who are usually spread out across the region to come together and explore how we work together further enhancing our connection with each other.  This time we’re diving into our values and mission as a Community Legal and Social Justice Centre, and how we can bring them into everything we do.

TASC Attends FestABLE 2023 Disability Event in Hervey Bay

FestABLE is an annual event designed, managed and rolled out by people living with disability for people living with disability.

TASC’s dedicated disability advocates were on hand at our stand to connect with the community and let people know about how our disability and mental health advocacy services can help them navigate the systems they rely on and services which impact them.

It was a privilege to be part of FestABLE 2023,  a fun, inclusive and community driven event.

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TASC awarded $149,967 to help combat domestic violence

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TASC awarded $149,967 to help combat domestic violence on Western Downs

The Western Downs will be the focus for a new pilot project aimed at breaking the cycle of domestic violence.

TASC National, a legal and social justice centre which offers legal and advocacy services across southwest Queensland has been awarded $149,967 from the QLD Government to design, develop and implement the innovative program.

TASC CEO, Frances Klaassen OAM said they will initially work with mothers.

“The statistics around intimate partner violence are alarming,” she said.

“Nationally, more than one in three women over 18 have been subjected to violence or abuse in their relationships during their lifetime.”

A woman’s childbearing period has been identified as high-risk for domestic violence, with 22% of women who are pregnant being subjected to intimate partner violence.

“Of these women, for a quarter of them the first time they encounter violence in the relationship is during pregnancy,” Ms Klaassen said.

“What we’ve seen and what the research shows is that violence during and after pregnancy is not only an appalling denial of human rights, it also has a lasting, damaging impact across the entire community.”

TASC aims to break this cycle through an intervention and educational approach based on research showing the impact violence has on parent-child attachment and how that negatively affects children throughout their lives.

Fractured attachments impact the way children grow up to see themselves and the world around them.  Unfortunately, it carries into adolescence, impacting their early partner relationships, resulting in adults who may repeat the patterns they grew up with.

The pilot program will focus on increasing the agency of women who are of childbearing age.

“Society in general has tended to devalue the impact and work of mothers and caregivers, which in turn leads to increased vulnerability for those women when it comes to gender based violence,” Ms Klaassen said.

“We will combat this by increasing the agency and connectedness of women through group work, community connection and demonstrating the importance and impact of the mother – child relationship across a person’s life.”

This is a new approach to domestic violence and program design is still underway, with rollout expected in early 2024.

“Our goal is to work with women, families and communities to help heal some of the trauma behind the violence and bring lasting change.  While the initial focus will be on women and their supports, we will also build an education program for men we hope to roll out in the area.”

While this will be preventative program, through their existing legal and social justice connections TASC is also able to refer women currently experiencing violence to legal and support services.

Housing a hot topic at QCOSS town hall

Yesterday TASC CEO, Frances Klaassen OAM was at the QLD Council of Social Services town hall meeting in Toowomba where she caught up with QCOSS CEO Aimee McVeigh.

The town hall was a chance for community  and social service organisations to discuss existing and emerging issues facing the Toowoomba and South West QLD communities.

The housing crisis was a key topic of conversation.  Apart from the immediate impact it’s having on vulnerable people across the country in terms of a place to live and feel secure, a key take away was the opportunities for employment and community growth which are being lost due to lack of housing impacting people’s ability to relocate.

Other emerging issues discussed included funding inconsistencies and gaps in rural and regional areas and the difficulties faced by the Community Sector in finding workers for those communities.  Possible solutions to help overcome these challenges were also discussed and include suggestions such as programs to upskill local people in rural and remote areas.

These events are fantastic opportunities to connect with others in the sector and see if their experiences reflect our own and foster cooperation across the Community Sector.

Social Justice Advocate David Boden Celebrates 5 Years with TASC



Our Social Justice Advocate David Boden has reached a significant milestone in his journey with TASC: five years of unwavering dedication, passion, and commitment in the pursuit of a fairer, more equitable world.

In these five years, David has spearheaded impactful initiatives, engaged with communities, and collaborated with organisations that share his passion for social justice. His ability to inspire others and build powerful coalitions has been instrumental in creating lasting change that touches many lives.

We are grateful to have you on our team, David.


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