Community Leadership

ECCQ’s Community Leadership Program aims to increase community self-reliance by supporting community leaders and aspiring leaders from new and emerging communities to increase their leadership capacity and knowledge of advocacy and association governance. Past and current participants represent a wide range of emerging communities including: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burma, Democratic Republic of Congo, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Somalia, South Sudan, and Zimbabwe.

ECCQ conducts free training to strengthen the participants’ capacity to enable them to develop and maintain community associations and organisations and formal and informal groups.

The training includes topics on:

Leadership skills – role of leaders, advocacy, lobbying, cross-cultural communication, and how to engage with media

Governance skills – establishing an organisation, management committee roles and responsibilities, financial management, applying for funding, project/event management and strategic planning.

Additionally, ECCQ links participants from new communities with those from more established communities who can share with them their community vision, challenges and strategies in building their community capacity. The participants receive resources and ongoing practical support from ECCQ.

The Community Leadership Program has developed over the last three years, it started in 2013 at ECCQ’s office in West End, it was then extended to outer Brisbane suburbs including Logan and Ipswich and since 2016, the program is now also offered in regional Queensland centres, Cairns and Townsville.

For more information ring Rose Brown on 07 3844 9166 or by emailing

Funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services. Visit for more information.


We have gathered all the presentations from the Leadership Training Course, which took place in September 2014 – May 2014, and put them in one easy to read booklet. View and download the Community Leadership Booklet here.

We have developed easy to use resources for committee members of ethnic community associations. Click here to view the Easy-to-Use Working Manual for committee members of ethnic community associations.

Recent Resources

Translated resource: Establish a community organisation

The following Fact Sheets were prepared by the Australian Centre of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies, a research centre of the Queensland University of Technology. Translated into: Arabic, Dinka, Pashto and Persian.

Community Door: Manage your organisation

A range of resources about managing your organisation, including ethics, financial management, fundraising, funding and human resources.

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Recent Publications

Possible Changes Associations Incorporation Act 1981 & Associations Incorporation Regulation 1999

This submission provides feedback on the series of issues raised in the Consultation Paper and the proposed changes designed to assist associations in their day-to-day operations.

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