Mr Steve Powis
As a Social Worker and administrator Steve has nearly 40 years’ experience working in the human services sector with a primary focus and commitment in aged care but with significant experience in disability services. This has included direct social work service delivery as well as policy and program development and management of the aged care social services for a large London Local Authority and in the Queensland State Government in Health and Community and Disability Services.
During almost 20 years in the Queensland State Government Steve worked as the Policy Manager and then for 12 years as Director firstly of the previous Home and Community Care (HACC) program during which time he managed key components of the transition of the Queensland aged care funding and contracts and the establishment of the Queensland Community Care program from 2012 for people under 65 years with a disability. Steve latterly led the development and transition to the current Queensland Community Support Services (QCSS) program which commenced in 2019 following Queensland’s full transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
Steve has since January 2020, worked for the Institute of Urban Indigenous Health (IUIH), as an advisor and project officer in the aged care business unit. IUIH is a not-for-profit Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled Health Organisation (ATSICCHO) that leads the planning, development, and delivery of comprehensive, Indigenous-led and designed health, aged and disability care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the SEQ region. It is the largest designated Indigenous aged care provider in Australia, supporting over 39,000 regular Indigenous clients each year through an integrated and comprehensive range of health, aged and disability care and social services.