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​We are one department made up of different groups, all working for one reason: Queenslanders. We are passionate about delivering a unique blend of practical and human services to the Queensland community.  Here are some of our stories.

 

 Taking charge of life

 
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Public housing provided Mackay tenant Merrilyn with the stability she needed to raise three kids who have grown into successful adults.

Read Merrilyns' story


 

 

 A safe place to call home

 

To meet her, you’d never know the years of heartache and abuse that Antoinetta has lived through.​

Her smile is constant, and she is almost always laughing and making jokes.

Read Antoinetta​'s story​

Antoinetta in her kitchen cooking

 

 From homeless to home owner

 

Finding herself homeless at 19, Willemina was living a very different life to the one she had planned.

Read Willemina's story

Willemina working at Head Office for Housing and Public Works 

 

 Improving home functionality

 
​​Until recently, Wide Bay public housing tenant Steve was unable to use his shower. A spinal injury left Steve a paraplegic, making it difficult for him to mobilise around his home. A visit from the department’s local occupational therapist, Michelle, has changed that.

Read how Michelle helped

 

 

 Cooking up a storm

 

​​A Queensland Government Dignity First grant has helped Communify Qld upgrade the New Farm Neighbourhood Centre and expand its ‘Let’s Eat Together’ service.​

Read about the program

Young male placing tray in the oven

 

 Sustaining young tenancies

 

The Sustaining Young Tenancies pilot project, funded by the department and delivered by Brisbane Youth Services, is helping vulnerable young people find a place to live and make a life for themselves.​

Read about the Sustaining Young Tenancies pilot program

 

 A pathway to own a home

 
​​Helping Queenslanders become home owners is one of the joys of the job for Client Service Manager Leanne Wein and the team in Loans and Debt Management.

Read the Randall family story

Randall family 

 

 Making connections

 

Our staff collaborate with external service providers to help clients find a housing solution that works. 

Read about Tracey and Ezzat

Tracey, Ian and Ezzat at Ezzat's new home 

 

 Awards recognise excellence through collaboration

 

Behind every piece of work we deliver are hardworking and dedicated people. At HPW we take time to recognise and celebrate our outstanding achievements.

Read about the award winners

 

 

 Our journey - HPW achieving White Ribbon Accreditation

 

​​We are very proud to announce we have achieved our goal of attaining White Ribbon Accreditation.​

Read about our journey​

HPW staff with White Ribbon canvas 

 

 Bringing fresh energy

 

The Building Industry and Policy division is a particularly busy environment, as the team works hard to deliver the Queensland Building Plan.

Read Madeleine's story

 

 

 HPW stonemasons follow family tradition

 

​​It has been a long time coming, but the complete restoration of Parliament House has been a labour of love for HPW stonemasons Dave Thurlow and his son Mitchell.

Read the Thurlow's story

Stonemason's Dave Thurlow and his son Mitchell. 

 

 Another successful Ekka

 

The Ekka is over for another year, and once again HPW staff enthusiastically volunteered to represent our department and engage with the public on our ‘Welcome to our place’ stand.

Read about Ekka 2017

 

 

 Building relationships

 

"Service delivery has always been a strong focus and a passion for me, and I’m excited to have the opportunity to play a leading role in the delivery of housing to the people of Queensland," Mick Linnan.

Read Mick's story

Photo of Mick Linnan 

 

 Have a story to share?

 

​Do you have a story about our department you would like to share? We are looking for unique stories.

You can contribute by emailing: communication@hpw.qld.gov.au.

 

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 Our HPW, Our Future

 

In October 2016, we launched our story, “Our HPW, Our Future”. Over 200 HPW staff from across the state told their stories.

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