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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Queensland Government media release Up to 13,300 Queensland kids are about to receive a helping hand to start playing sport with Round 10 of the Queensland Government’s Get Started Vouchers program. Minister for Sport Mick de Brenni said the program is one of the Queensland Government’s most...
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From 1 July 2017 onwards, new forms will be available on the Blue Card Services website. Check that you have the most current version of the application forms by looking at the ‘valid for lodgement’ date on the top right corner of the form. The new forms will state that they are valid for lodgement...
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Queensland Government media release Employment Minister Grace Grace is encouraging employers in South East Queensland to hire a jobseeker and put themselves in line for support payments of up to $20,000. Ms Grace said the expanded Back to Work jobs program, which commences in the South East from...
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Queensland Government media release Queensland’s third Social Benefit Bond (SBB) – the Youth CONNECT SBB will tackle youth homelessness, announced Queensland Treasurer Curtis Pitt today (Friday 30 June). “The Youth CONNECT SBB represents a key milestone for the Palaszczuk Government and our...
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Queensland Government media release Young jobseekers and recently employed young workers in Townsville are set to benefit from a new mentoring program to help them gain and retain employment. Employment Minister Grace Grace announced the $900,000 Sticking Together pilot program would soon be rolled...
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The Queensland Government has launched a new youth campaign, ‘ Stop the Hurting – End Domestic Violence ’. The campaign created by youth for youth (12 to 17-year-olds) provides an opportunity for Queensland teens to have their say and take a stand against domestic and family violence. It is...
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The Create Foundation has released Go Your Own Way (leaving care) Kit for young people, aged 15 and above, who are starting to plan for their transition to adulthood and independence. The kit is filled with resources and information to assist the planning process and provide caseworkers, young...
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Walk In Our Shoes Youth Festival is a multicultural event, targeted at young people aged 12 to 25 years old and celebrates the diversity and talents of young people living in the greater Brisbane area. The event takes place on Thursday 29 June, between 10am and 3pm, at Yeronga Park, Brisbane. The...
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Queensland Government media release Local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander groups can join the fight against youth crime, with tender applications now open for funding to deliver cultural mentoring in Townsville. Minister Assisting the Premier on North Queensland Coralee O’Rourke said this was...
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In a joint statement made yesterday the Queensland Treasurer, Curtis Pitt along with Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, Yvette D’Ath announced that the Implementation Agreement had been signed by the Government and Life Without Barriers for Queensland’s second Social Benefit Bonds (SSBs)...

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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
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. 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...

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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....

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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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