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The Queensland Government is committed to supporting all Queenslanders through the COVID-19 pandemic response and recovery.

The Department of Local Government, Racing and Multicultural Affairs is reallocating $900,000 in existing grants and funding to ensure it is channelled into areas of greatest need. The package includes $238,000 in new initiatives and $617,000 to top up existing programs. 

Initiatives include:

  • a Community Connector Advisor role located within Australian Red Cross – this role ensures referral pathways are connected and support the specific needs of vulnerable refugees, asylum seekers and migrants. 

Alongside the connections support package, contracts with existing providers have been redirected to focus on supporting local communities through COVID-19 response and recovery. This includes redirection of the $2.5 million investment in the CAMS program and $110,000 for the Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland, offering localised channels to respond to community needs.