December 2022 Edition

Queensland Housing Summit Outcomes

On 1 December, Premier Palaszczuk tabled the Housing Summit Outcomes Report that outlines a program of action to deliver on the ideas and opportunities canvassed at the Queensland Housing Summit. Click here to read QYHC’s overview. Click here to read the full report.

As a first step, the government has released a communication kit for stakeholders that contains information about the expanded and current housing assistance that is available for those needing support. Through expanded funding for existing initiatives and new offerings, more Queenslanders – including those who may not have sought help from the Government before – will be able to access support. This support ranges from subsidies and other financial support, to assistance through the rental process to help Queenslanders find or keep their tenancy.
Of particular interest for young people is the expansion of after-hours outreach services in Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Townsville and Cairns. The aim of this is to ensure that those who are experiencing homelessness are connected to the services that are available and they are encouraged to contact the Homeless Hotline to facilitate this. Click here to learn more about what is available. If you have a young person in need of housing and support, please contact your local Housing Service Centre.
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Communities 2032

The Queensland Government announced a long-term strategy to improve the lives of Queenslanders and the communities they live in with Minister for Communities and Housing Leeanne Enoch recently launching the Communities 2032 strategy.

“This strategy will guide the actions of the Palaszczuk Government over the next 10 years to help support the sorts of communities that we all want to live in, show to the world through the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and want our future generations to enjoy,” Ms Enoch said. Continue reading here.

Find out more about the Communities 2032 strategy, Communities 2032 Action Plan 2022-2025 and Communities Innovation Fund here.

Housing in the News

Housing affordability is impacting the nation. With soaring house prices, rental hikes and a shortage of homes, it’s a national priority. It continues to be in the news more and more each month. Read the following articles:
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Congratulations Darumbal!

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QATSICPP hosted the 2022 Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled Child Protection Awards on 2 December 2022.

The winner of the 2022 Youth Advocacy Award was: Zhanae Dodd, project Officer, Darumbal Community Youth Service Incorporated, Rockhampton.
Congratulations on this achievement!

Support Over the Festive Season


The holiday season is usually full of fun, laughter and celebration. Unfortunately, it is also a time when many feel overwhelmed, depressed or lonely. There is often pressure to feel happy which can lead to the expectation that all will be well.

Asking for help can be challenging and scary, but reaching out can make all the difference. Lifeline is here for those in need over the holiday season.

Access resources to support your loved ones here and here.

Responding to Food Relief Needs

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Food relief was designed to meet the needs of individuals and families during emergencies and crises such as natural disasters and the COVID-19 pandemic. However, it has evolved into a food safety net to meet the chronic ongoing needs of families struggling to put food on the table.

AIFS has released a new publication which outlines the recent Australian experience of accessing food relief and the evidence on what services could consider in determining a response to food insecurity.
Read here.

Free Food Locations

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This time of year can be difficult for those who are struggling to afford daily essentials. A fantastic resource has been created at Free Food Locations within the Inner City Brisbane, specifically for assisting those in our communities experiencing homelessness. Find them here.


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Remember to still join these important campaigns over the holiday season:
• Raise the Rate for Good: aiming to reduce poverty and inequality in Australia - Find more here.
• Everybody’s Home: calling for all Australians to have a home and be safely housed - Find more here.
• Halve Child Poverty by 2030: calling upon all politicians to commit to halve child poverty by 2030; help to achieve this by signing a pledge – find more here.


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Community Partnership Innovation Grants

Applications for round 2 of the Community Partnership Innovation Grants (2022-23) are now open, with up to $3 million in funds available for communities across Queensland. One-off grants of up to $300,000 will be available for local projects that support young people, who are or could become offenders, to change their behaviours and improve community connection.

The grants will support new ideas and projects that target the unique issues being experienced by local communities, and that are designed in partnership with the local community. An ideal proposal will include a response to local youth crime matters in your community that addresses the causes of youth crime and delivers positive outcomes for young people who are or are at risk of committing crime.
Applications close on Monday 30 January 2023. Find more here.
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