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 Young people in care living with a mental illness who are also struggling with drug addiction including Ice will soon have access to help and support in the one place. Child Safety Minister Shannon Fentiman said tenders were now open for Queensland’s first live-...
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The Youth Voices survey is capturing young people's experiences of help and support but data only tells us so much. Join young people and adults who care about what's good for them to actively engage with the stories young people have shared. The event is for: Young people from 10 to 25 years old...
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As part of the Queensland Youth Strategy, the Queensland Government has launched the Youth Engagement Hub, an online platform to give young people a voice and share information about Queensland Government policies, programs and broader issues that impact them. As projects and activities are...
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Nominations are open for the Queensland Young Achiever Awards which acknowledge, encourage and promote the positive achievements of all young people. Categories include: Community Volunteer Award Arts and Fashion Award Online Achievement Award Regional Achiever Award Aboriginal Achievement Award...
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Queensland Government media release Young people moving from supported lodgings into long-term accommodation in Brisbane are to be given white goods and furniture set-up packages thanks to funding from the Palaszczuk Government’s Dignity First Fund. Minister for Housing and Public Works Mick de...
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Queensland Government media release More than 550 school leavers with disability can look forward to a brighter future thanks to funding support from the Queensland Government. Minister for Disability Services Coralee O’Rourke today (6 September) visited the Care Central Expo in Chandler where she...
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In 2013, CREATE produced the Report Card ‘ Experiencing Out-of-Home Care in Australia: The views of children and young people ‘ (McDowall, 2013). This report showcased the results of the first national survey recording the views of children and young people within the care system, and provided a...
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The Department of Education and Training is offering financial assistance to 15 to 21 year olds who are, or have been, in out-of-home care to cover the cost of vocational education and training. The What's Next OOHC Fund is designed to strengthen learning and employment pathways for young people...
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Improving housing outcomes for women and children escaping domestic and family violence is a major focus for the Department of Housing and Public Works. The department will construct two new shelters on the Gold Coast and in North Brisbane, and will replace or renew shelters in three remote and...
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Applications for The Smith Family's Care2Achieve Scholarship for young women leaving care are now open. The program offers 50 young women, aged 17 to 21 years, looking to pursue education as they transition from care up to $3,500 to attain a Certificate 3 or higher at a Queensland TAFE or...

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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...

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...

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