Building a Brighter Future

Since 1991 IWAQ has grown from a small organisation focused on supported Muslim women to a large organisation that specialises in supporting men, women and children from different cultures and faiths, including Indigenous and Australian people. It has specialist skills in supporting older people and people with disabilities and in helping newly arrived migrants and refugees to settle in Australia.

IWAQ History

The Islamic Women’s Association of Queensland Inc. (IWAQ) was established in 1991 to cater for the unmet needs of the multicultural community specifically Muslim women and their families. Since then IWAQ has grown from strength to strength. While IWAQ was originally established to assist women from the Muslim community, its focus has broadened and it now provides assistance and support to men, women and children (including non-Muslim people) from CALD backgrounds. The Association services a multicultural community including people from Europe, Africa, the Middle East, the Indian sub continent, Asia and the Pacific, as well as Australian and Indigenous clients. Details of the history of the organisation are as follows:

IWAQ was incorporated

Funded by the Department of Immigration under the Community Settlement program

Options Plus funding approved by Disability Services Queensland

Approval of Home and Community Care (HACC) jointly funded by the Federal and State governments1998
Approval of Community Aged Care Packages (CACP) funding by the Department of Health & Ageing

Multicultural Innovative Dementia Services Pilot (MIDSP) funded by Department of Health & Ageing

Funding commenced for the Salam Respite Cottage (SRC) by the Department of Health & Ageing under the National Respite for Carers Program

Approval of Extended Aged Care at Home Dementia (EACH-D) packages funded by Department of Health & Ageing

IWAQ awarded the Australian Muslim Achievement Award – Community Organisation

Approval of funding under the Settlement Grants Program (SGP) to deliver settlement services to newly arrived refugees and migrants in the Outer Brisbane South Region

IWAQ awarded the Local Area Multicultural Partnership award
IWAQ celebrated its 20th year with H.E Ms Quentin Bryce AC officially opening its IWAQ Springwood office
IWAQ expanded services in HACC region West Moreton/South Coast and opened Gold Coast office
Expansion of IWAQ’s Settlement Services program to provide assistance to newly arrived people across couth-east Queensland


Our Values

Accessibility Our services are accessible to all irrespective of race, gender, culture and faith.

Integrity We will ensure confidential, accountable and ethical practices.

Care We are committed to assisting individuals to make positive changes in their lives.

Respect We provide a welcoming service where everyone is treated with fairness, respect and justice.

Innovation We are creative and imaginative in achieving the best outcomes for our community.

Quality We are committed to delivering quality services and ensuring continuous improvement