Complaints and Compliments
Innisfail Youth and Family Care Inc welcomes your compliments, complaints, or any other feedback that will help us improve our services. We are committed to effectively handling complaints in a timely and professional manner.
If you have a complaint or compliment about our service or actions, we encourage you to read the following:
We strive to document and act on feedback so that our services and actions can be enhanced and encouraged. If you would like to compliment us on something we’ve done well, please give us your feedback by:
- sending us your compliment by using the Contact Us page on this website
- sending your feedback via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
You can make a complaint about any aspect of the services or actions of our staff, including privacy breaches. If we cannot help you with your complaint we will give you advice about where to get help.
If I have a complaint, what should I do first?
If you have a complaint or a concern, there are some steps you can take to help us help you.
- Go local first: Many concerns can be resolved quickly and easily by speaking with the service Manager.
- Act quickly: Please tell us about the problem as soon as possible. The earlier you tell us, the sooner we can act.
- Make your complaint clear: To help us assess and resolve your complaint, please give us as much information as possible including details of the issue, dates, phone calls and any other supporting information. Please also tell us the outcome you are seeking or the action that you want the organisation to take.
Anonymous complaints will be accepted.
However, in circumstances where an anonymous complaint is received, we may find it difficult to thoroughly assess or respond to the complaint if there is not enough detail. We are also not then able to provide feedback on any action taken.
In this situation, the complaint may not be able to be fully assessed. For this reason, we encourage complainants to provide their contact details. A complainant who wishes to remain anonymous may provide an alias instead.
How will my complaint be handled?
If you make a complaint:
- it will be treated seriously and investigated promptly
- we will consider human rights as part of the handling of your complaint
- we will provide reasonable assistance to you
- we will handle your complaint in a way that is culturally appropriate and responsive to any special needs you may have
- you will not be victimised
- we will deal with your complaint according to the seriousness, frequency and consequences of the complaint
- confidentiality will be observed as far as possible
- you will be given timely feedback about your complaint.
Complaints that won’t be actioned:
- We will not accept or action complaints about matters:
- already dealt with or currently being dealt with by IYFC, another department or agency, a court or tribunal
- that are impractical to investigate, or
- that appear to be frivolous, vexatious, misconceived or lacking in substance
Who do I contact to make a complaint or give a compliment?
Submit your complaint or compliment by using the Contact Us tab on this website.
You can also write and post your complaint to : The Chief Executive Officer, PO Box 175, Innisfail Qld 4860; or
You can give your complaint verbally by phoning 40 612 778
Privacy and your personal information
In the course of investigating and taking action in response to complaints, personal information will be collected and handled in accordance with the 11 Information Privacy Principles in the Information Privacy Act 2009 (Qld).
Storage of complaint information
Documentation relating to complaints is stored on a file which is retained in locked storage.
Information relating to complaints is accessible only by those staff members whose duties require them to deal with the information.
How will I know what’s happening to my complaint?
We will keep you informed about the progress of your complaint and any action taken.
What can I do if I am unhappy with the outcome of my complaint?
If you are unhappy with how your complaint has been dealt with, you can request that your complaint is reviewed by the Organisations Board
What can I do if I am unhappy with how the Organisations Board has handled my complaint?
If you are dissatisfied with any action taken by the Organisation in relation to your complaint, and after you have exhausted all available avenues of review the Organisation, you can request that the decision be reviewed by the Office of the Queensland Ombudsman:
Office of the Queensland Ombudsman
Phone: (07) 3005 7000
Freecall: 1800 068 908
Breach of privacy
If your complaint is about a breach of privacy and you are dissatisfied with the Organisations resolution of your complaint, you can lodge a complaint with the Office of the Information Commissioner:
Phone: (07) 3234 7373
Freecall: 1800 642 753