Catch up with the team at TASC on Tuesday 11 Oct for cuppa, a chat and the chance to do some wellbeing activities. Did you know TASC offers a Mental Health Advocacy Service? If you or someone you know experiences mental health challenges and needs advocacy assistance please contact TASC on (07) 4616 9700 or visit tascnational.org.au for more information.
Indigenous Peoples are distinct social and cultural groups that share collective ancestral ties to the lands and natural resources where they live, occupy or from which they have been displaced. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are the Indigenous peoples of Australia. They are not one group, but rather comprise hundreds of groups that have their own distinct set of languages, histories and cultural traditions. The International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples is celebrated globally on 9 August. On this day, people from around the world are encouraged to promote and promote the rights of indigenous peoples.
This year’s theme is “The Role of Indigenous Women in the Preservation and Transmission of Traditional Knowledge”. Indigenous women are the backbone of indigenous peoples’ communities and play a crucial role in the preservation and transmission of traditional ancestral knowledge. They have an integral collective and community role as careers of natural resources and keepers of scientific knowledge. The reality, however, remains that indigenous women are widely under-represented, disproportionately negatively affected by decisions made on their behalf, and are too frequently the victims of multiple expressions of discrimination and violence.
TASC is funded by the Queensland Government to deliver legal advice to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women living in or around Toowoomba, Ipswich or Roma. To access this service simply visit https://www.tascnational.org.au/services/ or call 07 4616 9700 for a confidential discussion with one of our legal team.
Transparency and clarity represent core aims for most businesses and organisations. For organisations in the Not for Profit space and which rely on government funding it is vital.
TASC is no exception and earlier last month (July 2022) was rewarded for walking the talk on transparency and clarity in their corporate communications with a Silver award at the Australasian Reporting Awards (ARA) for their 2020/21 Annual Report.
Other organisations to receive a Silver award in 2022 included: CSIRO, DFAT, Mission Australia and Australian Red Cross Society among others. To be included with so many high profile and large organisation puts in context the level TASC’s achievement.
What are the ARA?
The ARA have been operating for over 70 years and were introduced to improve the quality of annual reporting in Australia and raise awareness of the purposes of organisations and their achievements. The awards have been expanded and are open to organisations in the Asia Pacific region and beyond. More information is available at About the Australasian Reporting Awards — Australasian Reporting Awards (arawards.com.au)
How are they judged?
According to the ARA:
“Reporting, the annual report especially, is an essential mechanism of accountability, a vital element in the governance process…. Good reporting requires an open willing attitude, attention to detail and accuracy, a sensitivity and responsiveness to stakeholders, a willingness to put in the effort to communicate effectively and a commitment to achieving and improving upon standards.”
Reports are assessed on six criteria:
- Overview of the organisation, its context and objectives
- Review of operations or activities with a focus on progress towards achieving objectives
- Coverage of the organisation’s governance approach and its effectiveness
- Coverage of the organisation’s human resources management approach and effectiveness
- Details and analysis of financial performance and financial statements
- Presentation and navigation
Congratulations to everyone at TASC who contributed to the Annual report. Pictured are current Marketing and Communications Coordinator Naish Nand with former colleague and report editor Amy Clark with a copy of the annual report.
On 4 August, National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day, all Australians have the opportunity to show our support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, as well as learning about the crucial impact that culture, family and community play in the life of every Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child.
This year’s theme ‘My Dreaming, My Future’ refers to the fact that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are born into stories of their family, culture, and country. They carry with them the song lines of their ancestors and culture, passed down by generations. Their Dreaming is part of our history, while their futures are their own to shape.
TASC is funded by the Queensland Government to deliver legal advice to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families living in or around Toowoomba or Ipswich. To access this service simply visit https://www.tascnational.org.au/services/ or call 07 4616 9700 for a confidential discussion with one of our legal team.
Coinciding with NAIDOC week in the first week of July, Strategic Indigenous Awareness training was presented by Gooreng Gooreng Man, Grant Sarra to the team at TASC. The day delivered some powerful and at times confronting insights for attendees to take with them into their work and daily lives. To understand our present, we must understand our past.
Interacting with the child protection system can be an intimidating experience for children, parents and carers so knowing what your rights and responsibilities are is vital.
In June Queensland launched a Charter of Rights for parents involved with the child protection system in Queensland, becoming only the second state in Australia to do so.
The Charter recognises that parents have the right to:
• Life-long relationships with their children connected to community, Country and culture
• Self-determination and autonomy over decisions that impact their children and families
• Natural justice and the time and space to respond to the concerns made about their parenting
• Support services that decrease the need for departmental intervention.
The full document is available here: https://www.cyjma.qld.gov.au/…/charter-of-rights-for…
TASC Legal and Social Justice Services offers free legal services including family law matters. As we are Government funded some eligibility criteria apply. To book an appointment or find out more please visit tascnational.org.au or phone 07 4616 9700.
Congratulations to Principal Solicitor and Legal Services Manager, David Manwaring and Social Justice Advocate, Simone Rodgers on their 5 Years of service at TASC. Over the past 5 years David and Simone through their roles at TASC have positively impacted the lives of many people across the community. A hearty and well deserved thank you to you both.
Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up! The team from TASC joined the wider community on a chilly Monday at Toowoomba’s community NAIDOC Week event to celebrate and recognise the achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Kids activities formed big part of the day and the TASC stand was no exception. Sam and Patrick Anderson took the chance to do some colouring and have a break between looking at the other stands and activities. To welcome people to our stand we ran a raffle – with the lucky winner being Lisa Fisher. Congratulations on the win and thank you to Sam Anderson for drawing the winner.
This week TASC’s gardener, Barry planted our Gumbi Gumbi tree as part of our efforts to beautify our workplace. Did you know the Gumbi Gumbi tree is a traditional aboriginal bush medicine from South West Queensland? Traditionally it has been used for a wide variety of ailments including coughs, colds and eczema. Currently there is academic interest in Gumbi Gumbi and how it is used traditionally, with a wonderful ABC article here.
Aboriginal bush medicine is part of the rich tapestry of indigenous culture, knowledge and achievements being celebrated during NAIDOC Week in the first week of July.
It’s a chance for all Australians to celebrate and learn about the oldest, continuous culture on earth and learn more about First Nations culture and history. The team at TASC are busily putting together the final touches for their stand at this year’s Toowoomba community event being held at the Goods Shed in Victoria St on Monday 4 July and we would love it if you can join us to catch up. NAIDOC week is a great opportunity to support and get to know your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander communities and we encourage everyone to join the activities.
More information about NAIDOC Week can be found at www.naidoc.org.au .
It is possible to stop torture. We join millions of people mobilised into direct action to stop torture. Are you with us?
Torture is to inflict on a person something that is hard to bear, causing unbearable pain or suffering, whether physical or mental. Unfortunately, torture can even happen in a family environment.
26 June is an opportunity to call on all stakeholders, civil society and individuals everywhere to unite in support of the hundreds of thousands of people around the world who have been victims of torture and those who are still tortured today.
If you live in Toowoomba, Ipswich or its immediate surroundings or know someone in those areas experiencing any form of torture, contact TASC Legal and Social Justice Services on 07 4616 9700.
To learn more about TASC visit www.tascnational.org.au