Welcome to Community Door's information portal about young people. In this section you will find current news, resources and other information relating to young people.

While many young people in Queensland are faring well in regard to health, safety and wellbeing, there are areas that cause concern. Obsesity, alcohol consumption, homelessness, mental or behavioural problems and suicide mortality are some of the issues that need to be addressed. You can find more information about mental health for young people on the healthdirect website. There is also information around suicide and what it means for young people.

Here you will find valuable information on the state of young Queenslanders, organisations dedicated to improving the lives of our youth, and relevant legislation.

Youth services renewal

In 2014-2015, the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services implemented a new results-based investment and service delivery approach that focuses on purchasing and providing three types of services:

  • access services (information, advice and referral)
  • support services (one-on-one specialised support and assistance)
  • integrated response services (intensive, coordinated responses to complex needs).

QCOSS has developed a Youth Services Renewal Toolkit. This toolkit walks you through a series of strategic questions to help you understand what these reforms mean for your organisation, your service delivery models and the young people you work with.

The Queensland Government will fund almost $17 million over three years to help reduce the number of children and young people on remand and make sure young people on bail meet their court-imposed conditions. Minister for Child Safety, Youth and Women Di Farmer said “We want fewer young people...
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Queensland Government media release The Palaszczuk Government has given the go ahead to commence construction for a specialised youth housing service in Townsville, with contracts awarded to a local builder and a local support provider. Based on the internationally recognised Youth Foyer model, the...
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A Report on Youth Justice produced by Mr Bob Atkinson, former Queensland Police Commissioner and Commissioner on the recently concluded Royal Commission into Institutional Reponses to Child Sexual Abuse was presented to the Honourable Di Farmer MP, Minister for Child Safety, Youth and Women and...
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The Queensland Youth Justice Forum 2018 will bring together key legal, justice, academic and policy professionals in a constructive dialogue around the future of youth justice in Queensland. The forum is co-sponsored by Restorative Practices International (Queensland Chapter), Griffith University...
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On Tuesday, Queensland's 2018-19 State Budget was delivered. I want to take this chance to let you know some of the significant highlights announced to support and benefit the women and girls of Queensland. We have already made great strides towards gender equality in Queensland and it is very...
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The Queensland Anti-Cyberbullying Taskforce has launched consultation to seek community views about how to prevent and respond to cyberbullying of young people up to the age of 15. The Taskforce has invited submissions and is holding public forums and roundtable consultation meetings across the...
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Funding is available for young Queenslanders, aged 15-21, who are or have been living in out-of-home care (OOHC). The What's Next OOHC fund provides financial support to young people living in OOHC to allow them to enrol in vocational education and training courses (VET). Once registered, young...
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Youth Homelessness Matters Day 2018 takes place tomorrow (18 April) online and in communities around Australia. On census night 2016, 27,680 Australians aged 12 to 24 years old were counted as homeless. In most instances young people do not have a home because they are escaping family conflict and...
Young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people across Queensland can now apply to participate in this year’s Queensland Indigenous Youth Leadership Program (QIYLP). The program is an opportunity for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to develop leadership skills and learn about...
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Youth Affairs Network of Queensland (YANQ) has released it's Queensland Youth Sector Survey 2017 to find out the key issues impacting the lives of young people and the youth workers and agencies that support them. The survey also asked what support youth workers and organisations would like to see...

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Are you looking for support in Queensland, or trying to find a service that meets your needs? Now you can search oneplace , the service directory hosted by the Queensland Family and Child Commission. oneplace is an easily accessible directory of community services to help Queensland families to get...
The Queensland Youth Housing Coalition is a statewide coalition of organisations and individuals advocating for and with disadvantaged, marginalised and homeless young people and supporting the services that work with them. QYHC has a number of functions: Acts as an information resource for young...
This is the department's information hub for youth initiatives. It provides easy access to information and resources supporting young people aged 12 to 25 years. Topics include safety tips for Schoolies, leadership programs on offer, youth justice services and funding available. FIND OUT MORE : www...
A peak body advocating for young homeless people and supporting the services that work with them. FIND OUT MORE : www.qyhc.org.au
The Youth Affairs Network of Queensland Inc (YANQ) is the peak community youth affairs organisation in Queensland, representing individuals and organisations from Queensland's youth sector. FIND OUT MORE : www.yanq.org.au
Open Doors Youth Service provides support to young people who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and/or Transgender (LGBT), those who have a diverse gender and/or sexuality and those who are exploring their sexuality and/or gender identity. FIND OUT MORE : www.opendoors.net.au
Legal Aid have a series of captioned recordings about Legal Aid Queensland services on their YouTube channel . Videos for community, health and education workers can be found here and include their published community legal education webinars. Upcoming webinars can be found on the Information for...
The Queensland Disaster Management website and the Get Ready website have a range of information and useful resources that can assist you to plan and prepare for an emergency. As part of your preparedness and planning for weather events, access regular weather forecast updates from the Bureau of...
A Blue Card Services online learning portal has been launched. The portal contains 10 videos which provide an overview of the legal requirement for organisations to develop a child and youth risk management strategy. View these resources on the Blue Card Services website .
Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect) has created a website called Launchpad designed for young people with Autism or Asperger's, and their families. The site includes practical strategies like accessing health services, getting a driver's license or managing personal finances. It also contains...
The Community Resource Handbooks were launched by Volunteering Queensland on 12 May 2015. They consolidate the knowledge gained through Volunteering Queensland's community leadership work with more than 2,000 community groups over the past fifteen years. The handbooks are aimed at small to medium...
This report by the Brotherhood of St Laurence reveals that more than 290,000 Australian youth aged 15 to 24 were categorised as unemployed in January. The worst hit were the 15 to 19 year olds, with the unemployment rate for this group hitting 20 per cent – a level not seen since the mid-1990s...
This guide is designed to support workers and agencies working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people who use alcohol and other drugs. Read more
beyondblue , with the Hunter Institute of Mental Health, has developed resources for people who have attempted suicide and their close family and friends. These resources were developed with major input from many people who have attempted suicide and their family and friends. They have been...
Community-based services, known as Family and Child Connect, were rolled out across Queensland, in 2015 as part of the Supporting Families Changing Futures reforms to Queensland’s child protection system. These services support families who are at risk of entering or re-entering the child...
Did you know that there are approximately two young carers in every classroom? Many young carers find that their overwhelming responsibilities at home affect their ability to keep on track at school. Young carers are less likely to complete high school if they do not receive any support, which...

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An Act to abolish the dependent domicile of married women and otherwise to reform the law relating to domicile
The Status of Children Act 1978 has had a number of revisions over the last three decades, reflecting the changing nature of society. The Act relates to the establishment of a child's parentage, and gives all children equal status.
An Act to promote equality of opportunity for everyone by protecting them from unfair discrimination in certain areas of activity and from sexual harassment and certain associated objectionable conduct .
Power of Attorney A power of attorney is a formal document allowing someone else to make decisions on your behalf; both personl and financial. This person can apply for a Domestic Violence Order on the behalf of someone experiencing domestic and family violence. The Powers of Attorney Act 1998...
The Family Law Act 1975 (FLA) is Commonwealth legislation that has adapted to the changing nature and role of families since its inception. An overview of the amendments of the legislation can be found here . In 2011, the definition of family violence was expanded in the FLA to include coercion and...
All service providers operating in Queensland are required to comply with the Queensland Anti-Discrimination Act 1991 . The Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT) has jurisdiction to hear and decide complaints about contraventions of this Act. Frequently Asked Questions There are also...
There are a range of legal structures which may be suitable for Queensland not-for-profit community groups. The four main options are: an incorporated association: Associations Incorporation Act 1981 (QLD) and Associations Incorporation Regulation 1999 (QLD) a company limited by guarantee:...
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Natalie Siegel-Brown, Public Guardian

As the Queensland Public Guardian I am pleased to announce the inaugural opening of the Queensland Public Guardian’s Excellence Awards.

As Public Guardian, I want to acknowledge the exemplary work being undertaken by staff in the community services sector across the...

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Emma Garton, Queensland Council of Social Service

Transition to Independence Month (T2I Month), held annually in November, aims to raise awareness about the needs of young people as they transition from out-of-home care to independence. 

This year’s theme Road to Independence… Journey to success aims to promote the idea that a...

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Queensland Council of Social Service

The Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) recently released a new report revealing the interrelated nature of poverty and disadvantage, highlighting key areas in Queensland which need to be addressed with better targeted programs, policies and investment.

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The Social Benefit Bond Program, Queensland Treasury

The competitive tender process for the Queensland government's new Social Benefit Bonds program has recently been launched, and the Invitation for Expressions of Interest (EOI) documents are available via...

Deception Bay Community Youth Programs
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Brooke Reynolds, DBCYP

Deception Bay Community Youth Programs (DBCYP) is a community organisation that provides whole of life support for young people in Deception Bay. 

DBCYP have developed the iCreate program as a means to effectively engage young people...

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Michael Greco, Care Opinion Australia

Care Opinion is an independent, not-for-profit new web site which enables people to post their experiences of local social care services online, and in public (eg aged care, youth and disability care). ...

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Shelley Dunlop, QCOSS

Do you understand the details of the Supporting Families Changing Futures reforms and the new community-based child protection intake services?

StudioQ is now hosting a...

See videos from StudioQ related to this topic

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