Sunshine Coast Social Strategy 2015
  • Last updated:
  • 24 Jul 2019

Council adopted the Sunshine Coast Social Strategy 2015 at its Ordinary Meeting on 18 June 2015.

The strategy has been recognised as an ABA100 winner of The Australian Business Awards 2016 for community contribution.


The Sunshine Coast Social Strategy 2015 provides the long term social direction for the region. It is an overarching strategy that includes:

  • a social vision
  • aims
  • key initiatives
  • council’s existing social commitments.

Sunshine Coast Community Strategy 2019-2041

Council is currently developing a new Community Strategy for our region. The new Sunshine Coast Community Strategy 2019-2041 will replace the current Social Strategy 2015. It will continue to build on the achievements of the current Social Strategy with the intention of creating an even stronger community as we grow over the next 20 years.

Council invited the community to have their say on the draft Community Strategy, which has been shaped by the voices and ideas of our community. Submissions closed 19 July 2019.


The Sunshine Coast Social Strategy 2015 flip book works towards council's Corporate Plan 2014-2019 goal of “A strong community - supporting an engaged, resilient and inclusive community that embraces diversity”.

Note: The flipbook will not display on mobile devices. View or download the below PDF document to access the prospectus.

View or download the Sunshine Coast Social Strategy 2015 booklet[4351KB] or the fact sheet[528KB].

The strategy supports this goal and aligns with the four Corporate Plan outcomes of:

  • Safe and healthy communities
  • Resilient and engaged communities
  • Culture, heritage and diversity are valued and embraced
  • People and places are connected.

View the Mayor's address on the importance of this strategy.

The strategy:

  • builds on the region’s existing social attributes
  • outlines further actions to improve community outcomes and strengths.

The strategy aims to achieve four targets:

  1. Sunshine Coast maintains a healthiest region in Queensland ranking
  2. Increase in the number of people that benefit from council’s funding program
  3. Increase in the frequency the population attending council’s venues, aquatic facilities, libraries, gallery and events
  4. One in four of the population contributing to volunteering.

Reporting our Progress

Each year council measures progress towards the four identified targets in the Social Strategy. An overview of council's achievements delivering the Social Strategy are listed below:

View some filmed case studies of initiatives from 2015/16:



The Sunshine Coast Social Strategy 2015 is based on the outcomes of community engagement activities undertaken over the last six years, as part of council’s existing strategies and plans development.


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