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Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors

The Department of Communities, Disability Services Seniors (DCDSS) is the government agency focused on thriving communities, delivering quality, targeted support to improve social wellbeing of people and places.

Our Minister

Coralee O'Rourke

Coralee O’Rourke is a second term Minister and Member of Parliament. During her first term she got Queensland on track for the roll out of the NDIS, delivered Queensland: an age-Friendly Community Strategic Direction Statement and Action Plan and All Abilities Queensland: Opportunities for All and was the Minister Assisting the Premier in North Queensland. With her current portfolio her vision is for an inclusive Queensland where communities are vibrant with participation and input from all.

Her vision is inspired from her earlier career when she was the director of a community-based early learning centre in Townsville before entering Parliament following the January 2015 Queensland election. She lives in Townsville with her husband Lewis and family and understands the challenges of working parents. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Education – Early Childhood from QUT.

Her passion is family and community and she believes that working together is when a community can effect great change for the better.

As an early childhood leader, Coralee put her belief into practice and campaigned for fair wages and conditions for employees in the sector - among Australia’s most poorly paid workers. The success achieved for these workers prompted Coralee to enter parliament.

She will be working hard with her Cabinet colleagues as they listen to Queenslanders and create jobs and the kind of Queensland that we all want to be a part of.

Our Director-General

Clare O’Connor, Director-General, Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors

I am honoured to lead the Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors in the role of Director-General.

In my 30 plus year career, including 15 years as a Queensland Government senior executive, I have seen first-hand the difference the government’s work makes to individuals and communities.

Continuing to make a difference needs a clear strategic vision for the department. For the department, that vision is Thriving Communities.

Thriving Queensland communities are places where people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities can participate, are included and resilient, and enjoy high levels of social and economic wellbeing.

This agenda drives the development of our initiatives and provides the focus we need to change the lives of Queensland’s most vulnerable people. But we cannot realise our vision alone.

We will continue working with communities, sector partners and other government agencies to develop solutions based on the different needs and aspirations of communities. We will also work with groups including the Queensland LGBTI Roundtable and Queensland Carers Advisory Council, who provide invaluable insight into matters relating to vulnerable Queenslanders.

Through collaboration, and on-the-ground services such as neighbourhood and community centres, we will continue the state’s excellent progress in creating Queensland communities that thrive and prosper.

I am passionate about creating a more inclusive Queensland for people with disability, through the implementation of the state disability plan All Abilities, and creating Age-friendly communities where seniors are connected and celebrated.

We will also enable community resilience through Community Recovery to support Queenslanders following disasters.

We are leading the way for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in Queensland, working hard to ensure full scheme implementation is smooth and delivering for Queenslanders with disability. I know the positive impact the NDIS has had on Queenslanders with disability and their families and carers, empowering them to have choice and control over the services they receive. There are now up to 60,000 Queenslanders with disability who have an NDIS plan or actively looking to enter the scheme. We know that 30% of these people have never before received services.

I am proud of the exceptional work that the Department has done in conjunction with the sector to ensure Queenslanders with disability can receive appropriate care and access to services and support.

I’d like to thank all my Departmental staff for their hard work and efforts during this period of transition.

Clare O’Connor
Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors

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