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 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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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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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...
Youth and Family Service (Logan City) Inc – have developed their YFS Service Delivery Handbook , published in 2012, which they would like to share with the Sector. Youth and Family Service (Logan City) Inc. (YFS) is a community based, not-for-profit organisation, providing planned, innovative...
Centre for Multicultural Youth (Victorian Service) Information sheets can be downloaded from their website: www.cmy.net.au Does age really matter? (2007) info sheet includes background information about why young people arrive in Australia with different dates of birth on their official...
This report was developed following consultations with over 750 children and young people and over 100 organisations and subject matter experts, as well as liaison with the Australian Federal Government and the Australian Human Rights Commission.

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