Support Our Work
We ensure people can access the correct payments to afford the basic necessities of life, and enable them to live a life free from discrimination.
There are several ways to support Basic Rights Queensland’s work.
Membership supports our work upholding the rights of the most vulnerable. Help to maintain a decent basic standard of living and to live free from discrimination.
BRQ receives funding from the State and Commonwealth, however as governments reduce spending, we must look to other sources of funding in order to continue providing our services.
Volunteers make a valuable contribution to the work of Basic Rights Queensland. First Contact volunteers are simply that – the first people our clients have contact with.
Corporate support may take the form of sponsorship for a particular project. In-kind support may be in the form of partnering on a project or pro-bono legal assistance for clients, or for BRQ itself.
Support our work in upholding the rights of the most vulnerable in our society to social security sufficient to maintain a decent basic standard of living and to freedom from discrimination.
Membership of BRQ demonstrates your support for the right to:
- Adequate and accessible social security
- Freedom from discrimination and
- Safe and fair treatment in the workplace
Membership of Basic Rights Queensland Inc is open to individuals and organisations. The governing body of BRQ is drawn from the Membership and Individuals who are entitled to vote at general meetings and may be nominated for positions on the Management Committee.
Individuals and not-for-profit non-Government organisations are entitled to vote at General Meetings. Members are kept informed of the activities and achievements of BRQ and are invited to events.
Alternatively, print and return the membership application, either by email or by post. Fees can be paid by cash, cheque or electronic transfer (details on the form).
BRQ Membership fees: Individual: $5.00 | Not-for-profit organisation: $33.00 | For-profit organisation: $50.00.
Thank you for your support!
We are grateful for the financial support we receive from former clients, companies, organisations and the public.
BRQ receives funding from the State and Commonwealth, however as governments seek to rein in spending, we must look to other sources of funding in order to continue providing services to our vulnerable clients.
All donations over $2.00 are tax-deductible.
Volunteers make a valuable contribution to the work of Basic Rights Queensland.
First Contact volunteers are simply that – the first people our clients have contact with. Due to limited resources, our services are predominantly delivered over the telephone.
People make contact with the service, often through our 1800 number and our First Contact volunteers take each caller through an intake process and the information gathered is passed to our Telephone Advice Workers who will provide information and advice to potential clients.
In return, BRQ offers opportunities for volunteers to learn and to develop essential professional skills, such as client interviewing, record keeping and a practical understanding of the process of administration review.
While our volunteers are generally law students and lawyers, we welcome volunteers from other backgrounds.
What matters most is a willingness and ability to learn and undertake the work and a desire to engage with and support our clients.
Volunteers are required to commit to a minimum of 6 months for a 3 hour shift once a week and applications for the January – June roster are accepted in November. Applications for the July – December roster are accepted in May.
Our volunteer coordinator will then contact you to discuss our current volunteering needs and how we can best utilise your skills and experience.
“Volunteering for BRQ gives me the opportunity to be a part of an organisation devoted to representing those in our community who may have slipped through the divides. As a law student I know how convoluted the legal system can be. It can exclude those who need it most, and can’t afford or understand how to seek its help. BRQ helps exactly these people. Also, the skills volunteering has equipped me with, talking to real clients with real issues, are something I could have never learned at University.” – Laurel
BRQ is grateful for the corporate support it receives, both financial and in-kind.
Financial corporate support may take the form of a sponsorship or funding for a particular project. In-kind support may be in the form of partnering on a project or pro-bono legal assistance for individual clients, or for BRQ itself.
If you would like to explore how your organisation could support BRQ, please contact the Director on 1800 358 511.
We would like to thank the Electrical Trades Union – Queensland and Northern Territory Branches for their ongoing sponsorship.