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 Mindhealthconnect. 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.

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The Queensland Family and Child Commission (QFCC) has released an information kit on child protection for young people, called Finding out about child protection in Queensland. The kit provides young people with information on the child protection system including rights, court processes and...
Christmas and the holiday season can be a challenging time of year for many people. A number of services are available to help those in need during this time. 13Family (13 32 64) hotline Mums and Dads across Queensland are urged to call 13Family (13 32 64) for extra support if times are tough this...
The Youth Boost payment is available to eligible employers who hire an unemployed young person (aged 15-24) between 1 December 2016 and 28 February 2017 (inclusive). Employers are able to apply for Youth Boost from 29 December 2016 , noting that as part of the eligibility requirements an employee...
Not-for-profit Law has updated its guide to 'The laws of advertising and your community organisation'. The resource provides practical tips to help organisations comply with the laws of advertising and marketing in Australia. Importantly, these laws apply to many fundraising activities of charities...
Emergency financial resources, placements and housing, and family, friends and social connections are the three main areas of support sought by young people exiting care, a recently completed examination of data collected from across the Next Step After Care services revealed. The statewide data...
From October 2016 responsibility for the administration of the blue card system transferred from the Public Safety Business Agency to the Department of Justice and Attorney-General. Changes have been made to the system and new services are now available. New application forms There are new forms...
The 2016 Boyer Lecture Series titled Fair Australia: Social Justice and the Health Gap, were delivered by Professor Sir Michael Marmot , President of the World Medical Association, Director of the Institute of Health Equity and a leading researcher on health inequality issues for more than three...
The Palaszczuk Government yesterday made same-sex adoption legal in Queensland. Minister for Communities Shannon Fentiman said the Adoption and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2016 passed in the Queensland Parliament on 2 November 2016. “Discriminatory barriers that prevent LGBTI Queenslanders...
Coinciding with Anti-Poverty Week last week, the Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) released ‘Poverty in Australia Report 2016’ . The report, produced in partnership with the Social Policy Research Centre at the University of NSW, shows that 731,300 children or 17.4 per cent of all...
Tenders for Youth Justice Community Partnership funding are being progressively released over October 2016 by the Department of Justice and Attorney-General. The department is refocusing funding to address the changing needs of young people in the youth justice system and will purchase new services...

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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
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. The resources, in conjunction with the Child and Youth Risk Management Strategy...
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
This report provides selected findings from the first wave of data collection and is the first of several reports on the findings from the Cost of Youth Homelessness in Australia study. It provides a brief account of the depth of problems that homeless young Australians experience. A second report...
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...
From January 2015, new community-based services, known as Family and Child Connect, were rolled out across Queensland, as part of the Supporting Families Changing Futures reforms to Queensland’s child protection system. These services will support families who are at risk of entering or re-entering...
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...
The Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) has produced the Planned Support Guide: an approach to case management for people working in a wide range of community services. If you are a front line worker, supervisor or manager this guide is for you. The guide assists in the development of a...

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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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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...

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Jillian Warren, Centre Manager of Picabeen Community Association Inc.

The Queensland State Budget was released last week and has met with a generally positive response from the community service sector.

Jillian Warren from Picabeen Community Association gives her perspective on how the budget measures will affect their clients....

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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