Community Development Program
To assist the region to recover after the Queensland Bushfires in 2019, a Community Recovery Package was made available and funded by the Commonwealth and State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements under Category C. The package included a Community Development Program. Funding was available to establish Community Development Officers (CDOs) to work across the impacted LGAs to understand recovery needs and develop community-led recovery and resilience plans.
The program concluded in June 2022.
The (then) Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors (DCDSS) – currently Department of Communities, Housing and Digital Economy – led the implementation of the program with administrative support from the Queensland Reconstruction Authority (QRA).
Community Development Officers (CDOs) were employed over a 24-month period through to June 2022. Outcomes achieved include:
- 6,839 hours developing and delivering events
- 1,014 hours developing resources and tools
- 873 hours on training and learning
- 2,816 hours in supporting flexible funding grant (FFG) activities
- 1,063 hours developing recovery and resilience (RR) plans.
CDOs recorded participation in the community development activities as:
- 35,444 participants in events
- 3,955 participants in training activities
- 2,816 participants in FFG activities
- 7,315 participants in developing RR plans.
CDOs also recorded participation from other community agencies in their community development activities as:
- 3,955 community agencies participating in events.
A copy of the full evaluation report is available on the Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience (AIDR) website.
(QRA Reference CM DOC/22/73863)