A Collective Impact

initiative for CQ kids

Every Child Deserves Every Chance (ECDEC) is an ambitious initiative seeking to make long term systemic change to a range of complex social issues facing the children of Central Queensland (CQ). ECDEC is using adaptive leadership principles and an internationally recognised Collective Impact approach that is successfully addressing deeply entrenched and complex social problems across the world.  ECDEC plans to develop a whole of community approach to improve life outcomes for the kids of CQ.  Based on evaluation of current data, our initiative will aim to make improvements in one or more of the key issues facing our CQ community:

  • jobless families
  • low educational attainment
  • teen pregnancy
  • low birth weight babies
  • high domestic violence and child protection rates.

Current achievements of ECDEC included a successful community launch, industry sponsorship by Stanwell Corporation and the appointment and commencement of the Community Leadership Board. Every Child Deserves Every Chance is premised on the belief that every adult has a responsibility to ensure that every child has the best chance to fulfil their potential and this applies to every child – rich or poor, girl or boy, infant or teenager, in urban or rural settings. By focusing on improving the chances of every child, we disproportionately advantage those who are inherently disadvantaged. Every Child Deserves Every Chance is not just a slogan – it is a Call to Action. It is a commonly important task, and it is everyone’s responsibility. Collaborative action is required, community leadership is essential and collective effort is crucial to success. Traditional methods for solving social problems aren’t working. By focusing on improving the chances of every child we disproportionately advantage those who are inherently disadvantaged. Those kids who suffer abuse, who live in poverty, who struggle to fit in, who have poor health, who find learning difficult, who feel like they don’t matter or who lack the adult support they need to thrive are the ones who have most to gain from this.

Collective Impact will take us from common goals 
to uncommon results.


We can only take this collective impact initiative forward with the support  many people. By completing the quick form below you can let us know how you can contribute to this exciting venture. You can be a sponsor or get involved in projects, help out at community events or be part of the leadership team. Every contribution will help. We will contact you soon to discuss your pledge and confirm relevant opportunities.

We acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the Traditional Owners and Custodians of this country and recognise their connection to land, wind, water and community. We pay our respect to them, their cultures, and to the Elders both past and present.