Build a stronger workforce with a $10,000 grant

WorkUP Queensland is excited to announce a new round of grants to support organisationsto develop their capacity to respond to workforce challenges*.

The Collaborative Workforce Grant program will provide grants up to $10,000 (from a pool of $50,000) for an activity or project to be completed within 12 months.

The grants must align with WorkUP and the sector’s shared priorities to grow, retain, develop, support and connect the workforce, and sustain services. They provide a great opportunity to work together on a project that you may have had in the back of your mind but need support to action.

Please refer to your region’s workforce plan for more information, or register for our information session on Tuesday 20 April at 10:30am.

Access the application guidelines here, and download the application form here.

Any queries can be directed to Georgina Lawson at WorkUP Queensland, at or on 0419 106 290. Georgina and the WorkUP Team are happy to support you in the application process.

*Organisations must be funded by the Queensland Government to deliver Domestic and Family Violence, Sexual Assault and Women’s health and wellbeing services. The majority of organisations within the collaboration (and lead agency) must fit the above criteria and the main beneficiaries of the capacity building project must be the workforce of this sector.

Feedback from previous grant recipients:

“We are so grateful in Cairns to be one of the previous recipients and encourage others to apply.

The process of applying and receiving the grant money was smooth and we are so excited to launch ahead with this project.

The Sexual Assault Service was the lead organisation for our application, and we are collaborating with True Sexual and Reproductive Health Education, Cairns DV service other womens’ services in the Cairns Region to host a seminar for the whole Cairns Sector Workforce on the Intersection of Sexual Violence and Intimate Partner Violence.

The day will include professional development, self-care and networking and we could not have done this without the support of WorkUP Queensland.”

Ella Morter, Cairns Sexual Assault Service Manager 

“I found the application process to be simple and straightforward and found the team at WorkUP to be extremely helpful and supportive as we went through the process.

The grant has allowed us to come together with two of our local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations to plan a local event together. We anticipate that this event will bring professionals from across the sector together to have an interesting and robust discussion about working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families who are impacted by DFV. We hope that this will build upon people’s culture sensitivity and practice knowledge.”

 – Kylie Henry, Mercy Community Services Program Manager

The inaugural round of WorkUP Queensland’s Collaborative Workforce Grants was completed in January with seven projects funded to benefit the workforce and increase capacity within the domestic family violence, sexual violence and women’s health and wellbeing sector*.  You can read more about these projects in the table below.

We look forward to presenting the outcomes and learnings from these projects with you.

Lead agency Project title Project description
Brisbane Rape and Incest Survivors Support Centre Practicing: Cultural Healing and Diversity (CHAD) This project will host a series of cultural healing training sessions facilitated by First Nations Elders and practitioners, followed by a series of critically reflective sessions.
Cairns Sexual Assault Service (TRU Health/Family Planning)  Lifting the Lid 2021 Lifting the Lid is an ntimate Partner Sexual Violence” seminar designed specifically for the sexual assault and domestic violence workforce in Cairns.
Children by Choice Sharing knowledge: Working with women with intellectual disability at the intersection of violence, reproductive coercion and unplanned pregnancy This project will explore the practice questions that arise in the context of supporting women with intellectual disability who report or are at risk of reproductive coercion by an intimate partner and/or others.
Mercy CYCS Working with Domestic Violence and Cultural Sensitivity –Yarning Circle This project will consist of four half-day workshops in which a yarning circle will be facilitated to discuss domestic and family violence within Aboriginal and  Torres Strait Islander families.
MICAH(BDVAS) We are all Works in Progress: Developing the skills of those working with domestic violence perpetrators This project will focus on implementation and evaluation of supervision model specifically for perpetrator intervention and DFV prevention group work.
North Queensland Domestic Violence Resource Service SPEAQ Forum 2021 (Conference on Interventions with Men who Perpetrate DFV) This activity is a two-day conference for practitioners, coordinators and managers involved in men’s DFV behaviour-change work, with a strong focus on practice and conversations between participants.


The workforce will benefit from the sharing of practice experience and practice wisdom, networking and development of professional relationships.

Save the Children Australia Communities of Practice (COP): Using the Safe & Together approach to shift practice, culture and systems This project focuses on setting up a Mount Isa Community of Practice on Safe and Together Model (David Mandal) supported by the formation of Project Advisory Group (leadership level) to support the work of CoP practitioners as change agents within the organisation and across the relevant multi-agency networks using their action/influencing plans.