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.

Adolescence is a key period of growth and development, with the brain also changing enormously during this period. Recent research suggests that these maturational changes make the adolescent brain more vulnerable to the damaging effects of alcohol, with areas associated with memory and learning...
The Coca-Cola Australia Foundation’s mission is to inspire moments of happiness and possibilities for young Australians. They are currently offering a range of grants worth up to $600,000 over three years. To be eligible organisations must build capability for young Australians aged 13 to 19 years...
The 2016 Child Aware Approaches Conference was held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, 23-24 May 2016. Many of the presentations are now available to watch online, and you can also download the presentation slides. Presentations included: The Oration Healing to Thrive: Building the...
The Queensland Family and Child Commission (QFCC) recently surveyed more than 4,000 parents and non-parents and found that more than two-thirds of parents (70 per cent) have found it hard to cope with the stress of being a parent or care giver, and yet only one in 10 parents had taken up...
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The Australian Institute of Families (AIFS) has published a special facts sheet exploring the different phases of family, from the families we live with as children to the families we form as we grow older. Each of us sees family from a different perspective as we grow and move through life, and...
The 2016-17 Queensland State Budget is a solid budget for vulnerable Queenslanders. It provides funding for crucial areas such as prevention of domestic and family violence, universal access to kindy, investment in employment in regional Queensland and the provision of a range of social...
Michael Hogan, Director General of the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services has provided the following overview of his department's budget services for peak and partner organisations. The department's total operating expenditure for 2016-17 is $2.818 billion, representing...
Now in its fifth year, The Salvation Army's Economic and Social Impact Survey (ESIS) surveyed more than 1,600 clients across Australia. The report revealed “disturbing new statistics on the level of poverty in Australia”, showing that some disadvantaged Australians are living on just $17 a day. “...
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nib foundation's Community Grant program aims to support locally-based initiatives which will make a positive difference to the health and wellbeing of Australian communities, with a focus on the health of young people, and carers. A Community Grant round is held each year and applications are...
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Multicultural Community Centre (MCC) has a range of projects to help migrants and refugees to settle in Australian society. MCC's Set for Life youth leadership program is aimed at motivating culturally and linguistically diverse youth. The program is a tailor-made, cross cultural leadership...

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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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Powers of Attorney Act 1998 - Queensland Legislation 14 Oct 2005 – Powers of Attorney Act 1998 ... the Office of the QueenslandParliamentary Counsel ... Form of general power of attorney made under Act. FIND OUT MORE: Website: click here
Family Law Act 1975 - Commonwealth Government of Australia Website: http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/cth/consol_act/fla1975114/
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?

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