Inquiry into social isolation and loneliness in Queensland

About the inquiry

On 27 May 2021, the Legislative Assembly agreed to a motion that the Community Support and Services Committee inquire into and report on social isolation and loneliness in Queensland (the Inquiry). The committee is required to report to the Legislative Assembly by Monday 6 December 2021.

The terms of reference for the Inquiry are that the committee inquire into and report on:

  • the nature and extent of the impact of social isolation and loneliness in Queensland, including but not limited to:
    • identification of and consultation with vulnerable and disadvantaged individuals or groups at significant risk across the life course
    • the interplay of COVID-19 with this issue
  • the causes and drivers of social isolation and loneliness, including those unique to Queensland
  • the protective factors known to mitigate social isolation and loneliness
  • the benefits of addressing social isolation and loneliness, examples of successful initiatives undertaken nationally and internationally and how to measure social isolation and loneliness in Queensland to determine if implemented strategies are effective
  • how current investment by the Queensland Government, other levels of government, the non-government, corporate and other sectors may be leveraged to prevent, mitigate and address the drivers and impacts of social isolation and loneliness across Queensland, including:
    • services and programs such as health and mental health, transport, housing, education, employment and training, sport and recreation, community services and facilities, digital inclusion, volunteering, the arts and culture, community development, and planning for accessible, inclusive and connected communities
    • targeted support to vulnerable and disadvantaged groups and those most at risk
  • the role, scope and priorities of a state-wide strategy to address social isolation and loneliness, considering interactions with existing Queensland and national strategies.
View:Legislative Assembly motion on the Inquiry

PUBLIC HEARINGS

The committee will be holding regional public hearings for the inquiry in South East Queensland from 28-30 September 2021. 

If you wish to appear as a witness (provide evidence) or to observe proceedings, please register your interest using the links below. Please inform us of any special needs you may have when attending a public hearing and we will endeavour to accommodate them.

Please provide your name and phone number and, if you are requesting to be a witness, the capacity in which you would be speaking (e.g. Jane Smith, business owner, 0400 123 456).

Note that the selection of witnesses is at the discretion of the committee.

Tuesday 28 September 2021, 9:30am - 12:30pm

Mt Gravatt Community Centre

1693 Logan Road

Upper Mount Gravatt QLD 4122

Register your interest to attend here
Wednesday 29 September 2021, 10:30am - 12:30pm

Multicultural Australia

107 Russell Street

Toowoomba City QLD 4350

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Thursday 30 September 2021, 10:30am - 12:30pm

Nambour RSL

14 Mathew Street

Nambour QLD 4560

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Call for submissions

The closing date for written submissions was 5:00pm, Wednesday 18 August 2021.

Committee report

The committee is due to table its report on Monday 6 December 2021. The report will be published here.

Timeline

Submissions close:Wednesday 18 August 2021, 5:00pm
Public briefing:Monday 30 August 2021 - transcript - broadcast
Public hearings: 
BrisbaneMonday 13 September 2021 - proof transcript - broadcast
Mt GravattTuesday 28 September 2021 - program
ToowoombaWednesday 29 September 2021
NambourThursday 30 September 2021
BrisbaneMonday 11 October 2021
Mt IsaMonday 18 October 2021
TownsvilleTuesday 19 October 2021
CairnsWednesday 20 October 2021
Thursday IslandThursday 21 October 2021
Report due date:Monday 6 December 2021
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