Queensland Youth Housing Coalition
QYHC Chat December 2023

Specialist Youth Homelessness Services

Youth Housing Essentials

Young people can now access finanial assistance to enhance their capacity to access housing.

In case you missed last month’s announcement. Young people who are leaving Government Services can now apply for financial support from the state. The cash can be used to buy furniture, a fridge or washing machine, or it can be put toward transport costs, education or even a uniform for work.

Applicants must be engaged with a support provider, government agency or Housing Service Centre. This one of the deliverables under the Towards Ending Homelessness for Young Queenslanders 2022-2027. Application forms will be circulated to SYHS to assist eligible young people.

Young people can also apply through their local Housing Service Centre here.

New Look Cabinet

Premier Steven Miles announced his new cabinet, sworn in on Monday at Government House. Cameron Dick takes on Deputy Premier alongside his previous portfolio as Treasurer.

Our Housing Minister, Meaghan Scanlon, has gained additional responsibilities in what has been referred to as a super department. She’s now Minister for housing, planning, local government and public works.
Congratulations Minister Scanlon! We look forward to continuing our work with you and your team.

Minister Farmer adds education to her youth justice portfolio.

Minister Mark Ryan adds community safety to his Police portfolio and Minister de Brenni adds climate to his energy portfolio.

Five Ministers new to the cabinet include:
  • Nikki Boyd - Fire, disaster recovery and corrective services.
  • Bart Mellish - Transport and digital services minister.
  • Lance McCallum - Employment, small business, training and skills development.
  • Charis Mullen’- Child safety, seniors, disability services and multicultural arts.
  • Michael Healy - Tourism and sport.
QYHC extends our congratulations to all. We look forward to our continued work with many Ministers in the year ahead.

Join QYHC in supporting Yfoundations

There is still time to support Yfoundations and sign the petition if you haven’t already done so. We are so close to our 10,000 signature target which ensures it will be raised in parliament. Develop a standalone national strategy to end child and youth homelessness - Yfoundations
Yes, we see you. Why a national plan for homelessness must make thousands of children on their own a priority (theconversation.com)

Thank you Premier Palaszczuk

Queensland’s 39th Premier Annastascia Palasczuk resigned her position December 10th and formally stood down from politics on 15th. We’ve enjoyed a positive relationship with Premier Palaszchuk and have appreciated her leadership with the Premier’s Housing roundtables and her commitment to homeless young people. After almost a decade in Queensland’s top position and a lifetime in politics, we imagine rest and recovery is needed. We wish Annastascia Palasczuk all the very best in her future and thank her for her momentous service to Queensland.

Congratulations Premier Miles

QYHC has had a long-standing affection for Steven Miles since he issued news of our refunding prior to the last state election. He’s become a household name since then and now, our Premier. We welcome Premier Miles and are delighted to hear his commitment to frontline service provision. We’re looking forward to working closely with the Miles government.

You can read Premier Miles' inaugural speech here.

Thank you to Dovetail’s
Cameron Francis

This month we farewell our Dovetail colleague Cameron Francis. Cameron’s gentle, unassuming and non-judgemental manner in imparting wisdom is impactful both for professionals and young people. The trust he’s built around the state including in some of the most remote corners is inspirational. He has a way of sharing facts, debunking myths and encouraging all to work with AOD from a health and wellbeing perspective that really works. Thank you Cameron for all you’ve done in this space. We hope your next adventures are as fruitful.
The campaign is growing with allies across Queensland joining in support of Specialist Youth Homelessness Services. We’re requesting an increase to 2 workers for our 24/7 communal services for young people and a 25% increase in funding across services to ameliorate the decades without funding increases and to increase the capacity of specialist youth homelessness to respond to the growing needs of young people experiencing homelessness or who are at risk.


The dates are confirmed!
Queensland Youth Week 2024 will run from Sunday 7 April to Saturday 13 April 2024.

Queensland Youth Week (QYW) is an annual celebration of young people aged 12 to 25 and the positive contributions they make to Queensland communities.

Each year, local councils, schools and youth organisations across the state host community activities and events designed to engage young people, highlight their achievements and celebrate the role they play in sustaining healthy, vibrant, inclusive and cohesive communities.

Youth Week events will be promoted in an online calendar. Click here to register your 2024 Youth Week event or head to the Queensland Youth Week website for more information.
If you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to contact qyw@des.qld.gov.au.

Now More Than Ever #NRW2024

The National Reconciliation Week theme for 2024, Now More Than Ever, is a reminder to all of us that no matter what, the fight for justice and the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people will – and must – continue.

Now more than ever, we need to tackle the unfinished business of reconciliation. Together, we must build on the work of the past and create a legacy for the future.

National Reconciliation Week
27 May to 3 June every year 

National Reconciliation Week is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to recommit ourselves to reconciliation and the fight for First Nations justice in Australia. Learn more about the history of National Reconciliation Week here.
NRW 2024 posters and resources will be released in February 2024: reconciliation.org.au
On 12 October 2023 the Youth Justice Reform Select Committee was established to conduct an inquiry to examine ongoing reforms to the youth justice system and support for victims of crime.

If you’d like to make a contribution to this Inquiry and don’t want to write your own submission, you’re welcome to send your comments to add to our submission to admin@qyhc.org.au

For more information click here

Submissions close: 10 January 2024.

Supported Accommodation Inquiry

Inquiry into the provision and regulation of supported accommodation in Queensland
On 26 October 2023 the Legislative Assembly agreed to a motion that the Community Support and Services Committee inquire into and report on the provision and regulation of supported accommodation in Queensland. The terms of reference call upon the Committee to inquire into and report on the provision and regulation of supported accommodation in Queensland, considering:
Residential services as defined under the Residential Services (Accreditation) Act 2002 and other shared living arrangements, including but not limited to:
  • appropriateness of standards and their enforcement;
  • provision of support services funded by the NDIS;
  • provision of accommodation and support services to Queenslanders in this variety of settings, including if the current service delivery model by which level 3 residential services are provided is appropriate or alternative model/s that should be adopted and what role the NDIS should play in supporting these models;

  • sustainability of proposed model/s, market constraints and potential impact on other government systems;
  • resident wellbeing, including the differing needs of vulnerable population groups, and adequacy of current service delivery, quality and safeguards and oversight arrangements in place across all levels of government;
  • the complex state and federal regulatory arrangements that apply.
The closing date for lodging written submissions is Friday 2 February 2024.

An information sheet can be found here.
Click here to make a submission.


Intimate partner violence among Australian 18-19 year olds

AIFS new research shows that that around three in 10 adolescents aged 18–19 years reported at least one experience of intimate partner violence in the previous year.

This report examines risk and protective factors for intimate partner violence victimisation among Australian adolescents.
Read the Report here.
Orygen and Mission Australia have released the Social exclusion and the mental health of young people: Insights from the 2022 Mission Australia Youth Survey report.
The report examines the relationships between mental health and social exclusion among young people aged 15-19 years. Social exclusion was defined across four domains: housing challenges, relational difficulties, financial hardships and education/employment issues. Key findings include:
  • 60 per cent of young people experienced social exclusion in at least one domain, and 25 per cent experienced social exclusion across multiple domains.
  • Social exclusion was strongly associated with poorer mental health and wellbeing.
  • Young people who were more likely to experience social exclusion included gender diverse young people, Indigenous young people, those living in regional or remote areas, young people who speak a language other than English and those living in locations of lower socioeconomic conditions.
You can read the report here.
Read report here.

ACOSS Raise the Rate Report

The campaign to Raise the Rate for Good is key to reducing poverty and inequality in Australia. QYHC is an avid advocate for addressing the appalling rates of income support. Poverty early in life is an indicator of long-term homelessness. Eradicating poverty is key to addressing many social ills faced by members of our communities. A level of income support for young people that that ensures they can actively participate, both socially and economically, is essential.
Read the report here.
The IT industry says yes to sector programs to solve its skills shortages and give young people a go at better quality jobs

Read more here here.

Communication is key to tenant wellbeing in public housing relocations

For public housing tenants, having to relocate from their home is a significant and sustained stress. Even if the final housing outcome may be improved, the relocation can be a negative emotional experience which deeply affects tenants’ wellbeing, according to new AHURI research. The research, ‘Understanding the drivers and outcomes of public housing tenant relocation’, undertaken for AHURI by researchers from RMIT University, Macquarie University, University of Sydney and University of Tasmania, examines the drivers and experiences of tenant relocation from public housing in New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania. Read more here.
In 2020, David Pearson, the CEO of AAEH, was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to better understand how communities around the world are reducing and ending street homelessness.
David’s final report as a part of his Fellowship: Homelessness is solvable: How we can end it in Australia is now available.
You can read David’s report here.

Everybody's Home Report

Across Australia, concern about the housing crisis has never been greater. Asking rents have been rising steadily for decades, and have surged to extreme levels over recent years. More households are in housing stress, and severe housing stress, than at any other time in our history. And the shortfall in social housing has peaked at record-highs as waiting lists stretch longer than anyone thought possible. Amidst these statistics are the experiences of people. More and more are missing out on the dream of a home, including renters who have been forgotten and ignored in debates about housing for years. They now face a housing market that has never been less affordable or more volatile as they are forced to spend record amounts to keep a roof over their heads.
Read the report here.

Crisis Accommodation in Australia

Each year more than 160,000 people experiencing or at risk of homelessness seek crisis accommodation from Specialist Homelessness Services SHS. Not all can be accommodated, and many are turned away. For those who do access crisis accommodation, experiences vary significantly.
New research, ‘Crisis accommodation in Australia: now and for the future’, undertaken for AHURI explores the different crisis accommodation models operating in Australia and found:
  • Many more people need crisis accommodation than can access it.
  • SHS are forced to use purchased short-term accommodation, such as boarding houses, motels and caravan parks. This accommodation is often inappropriate and provides inadequate support.
Read the report here.

The National Trend of School Refusal and Related Matters

This report, from the Parliament of Australia, about school refusal includes information on: prevalence, drivers, and impacts of school refusal; the need for a national approach to addressing school refusal; and barriers and opportunities related to addressing school refusal.

Other Reports

Innovation for Young People’s Employment:
Read report here.

How to Tackle the Rental Crisis:
Read report here.

AHURI on First Home Buyers:
Read Report here.


This resource has been prepared for teachers and community members who are caring for, or working with, children and young people who are survivors of refugee trauma, including intergenerational trauma.
Read more here.

Human Rights Training

The Queensland Human Rights Commission is providing training sessions including:
  • Introduction to the Human Rights Act
  • Introduction to the Anti-discrimination Act
  • Human Rights Act for Community Advocates
Find the dates and register here.

‘Laying Down the Law’
Online Training

Youth Advocacy Centre’s ‘Laying Down the Law’ online version of their highly sought after youth worker training program has launched!!!
Fantastic training for those in the youth support sector that can be completed from your home or office.
You can read more here.

Responding to Young People’s

In other exciting news Dovetail recently released a new practice video which targets Specialist Youth Housing workers and OoHC Resi workers!
Watch the video here.

Introducing Real Talk:
About Sex n' Stuff

A co-designed relationships and sexuality education resource. Through a series of co-design workshops, True Relationships & Reproductive Health asked young people aged 16-25 what was most important to them when it comes to relationships and sexuality education. The result is Real Talk: About Sex n' Stuff, an evidence-based, inclusive, and shame-free illustrated booklet that empowers young people to:
  • Recognise healthy vs unhealthy relationship behaviours.
  • Understand consent and communicate with respect.
  • Have enjoyable and safer sexual experiences.
  • Embrace their unique identity.
You can access the resource here.

When sharing with the young people you work with or who access your services, please keep in mind that Real Talk: About Sex n’ Stuff contains illustrations of nudity and sex and is recommended for people aged 16+. You can print the entire PDF or select individual pages to fit your educational/service needs. Hard copies can be mailed upon request by emailing hello@true.org.au.

You are some of the first people to engage with Real Talk: About Sex n’ Stuff and TRUE are relying on your feedback to make this resource as impactful as possible. Stay tuned for a follow up survey in the coming weeks to ask how you’ve found using the resource and its reception.

What influences supportive peer relationships in the middle years?

This new short article summarises the determinants of supportive peer relationships in early adolescence.

It aims to help guide your work with young people in their middle years. Read more here.

Coercive Control Literature Review

Commissioned by the Australian Attorney-General’s Department, this review focuses on coercive control in the context of domestic and family violence and identifies relevant gaps in the evidence base.
Read the review here.


Seeking Talented Youth Actors

Mind Blanks is a mental health promotion charity seeking young talented actors to become part of their acting ensemble in Brisbane and surrounding areas. If you know any local young talented creative artists who would love a chance to make a real difference in the community, Mind Blank has a wonderful opportunity to provide:
  • paid casual employment to support a creative career
  • social education and youth development experience
Find out more here.

The Sleep Ninja App

Sleep Ninja is a free adolescent focused app which helps young people improve their sleep. Over 6 weeks, the six training sessions go through the importance and role of sleep, raise own awareness of habits that are contributing to poor sleep hygiene and teaches behavioural and cognitive strategies to change unhelpful sleep patterns. Find out more here.

Support Your Mental Health

Smiling Mind provides daily mindfulness and meditation guides at your fingertips. Their evidence-based tools support people to learn the skills to maintain their mental health in fun and interactive ways. Find out more here.

Helping Hands TV

Helping Hands TV have recently launched a series accessible on 9Now. Vignettes are presented on the Benefits of Community connection, Young People and Anxiety, Paying It Forward and many others.
Find out more here.

AOD Program for
LGBTIQ+ Young People

The Alcohol and Other Drug Program at Open Doors Youth Service provides psychosocial interventions to LGBTIQ+ young people between the ages of 12 to 24 who are experiencing problematic alcohol and other drug use, or who are impacted by the alcohol or drug use of others. Refer here.


Everybody’s Home is a national campaign to address the housing crisis. It focuses on working together to call on Australian governments to bring balance back to the system, so that everybody has a place to call home.

The campaign will be working with their 42,000 partners to strengthen the Government’s 10 year National Housing and Homelessness Plan and the National Housing and Homelessness Agreement. We simply cannot end the current shortfall without Government funding.

Join the campaign here.

Call to Halve Child Poverty by 2030

Poverty affects far too many Australian children and families, diminishing their life opportunities now and into the future. As one of the wealthiest countries in the world, it’s just not right that 1 in 6 of our children grow up in poverty.

The campaign calls upon all politicians to commit to halve child poverty by 2030. QYHC is cognisant that childhood poverty is strongly connected to homelessness as a young person and in later life. Addressing poverty is essential. Find out more here.
QYHC is a member of Make Renting Fair Queensland. Ensuring fair rental laws for young people is essential, it is incredibly difficult for young people to access the private rental market.
You can find out more about the campaign and become a supporter here.

We’re also keen supporters of Raise the Rate – it is essential to keep young people out of poverty for them to thrive. You can find out more and join the campaign here.
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