First Time Renter – A step by step guide to getting a rental property

Becoming a first time renter can be exciting but it can also be daunting.
The First Time Renter project is a collaboration between Queensland Youth Housing Coalition (QYHC), Community Connections (CLA Inc.), Tenants Queensland (TQ), and Youth Advocacy Centre (YAC). The collaboration was established to meet the gap in information for young people regarding steps to accessing tenancies in either private rental or public housing. The resources produced through the collaboration give young people and vulnerable first-time renters the foundational “how to” information required to successfully complete private rental applications and commence tenancies. Click here to access the video and resources.


Queensland Government Fiscal and Economic Review

The COVID-19 Fiscal and Economic Review provides an update on Queensland’s economic and fiscal estimates over 2019-20 and 2020-21 that incorporate the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic to date. The report also outlines the Queensland Government’s economic strategy that builds on the Unite and Recover: Queensland Economic Recovery Plan, highlighting more than $7 billion committed to support jobs and the economic capacity of Queensland. You can find the review here

Designing better housing outcomes

The Queensland Government is working to deliver social housing that best meets the needs of Queenslanders, now and in the future.
Take a look at Housing Matters: A QCompanion discussion paper on social housing design, which outlines the key design issues for consideration. Complete the 10-minute survey to have your say. Click here

Invest in energy efficiency and solar for low-income households

People on low incomes are often locked out of new, cheaper technologies that can save households thousands of dollars on energy bills each year. The economic challenge of the COVID-19 crisis means more Queenslanders than ever are under financial pressure, and the economic recovery has a long way to go.

Investing in energy efficiency and solar PV for social housing dwellings will create thousands of jobs during the COVID-19 crisis, ensure that more money is invested in local economies, and result in lower energy bills for low-income households.

emPOWER Homes: A Social Homes Energy Support Stimulus proposal from QCOSS, Queensland Conservation Council and Solar Citizens is a $215 million package that would install solar and energy efficient upgrades on social homes across Queensland, saving households up to $1,100 per year on their energy bills. The proposal would create more than 1,800 jobs and stimulate local economies during the COVID-19 crisis. Read the proposal here


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Only 2 Days to go

Youth Advocacy Centre and Open Doors Youth Service invite you to attend a FREE online introductory training to celebrate the launch of the Affirmative Practice Guide for Supporting LGBTIQAP+
Young People Experiencing Homelessness in Brisbane.

Date: Wednesday, 30th September 2020
Time: 10.30am –12.00pm
RSVP here

Youth and Community Worker

Free Online Training

Youth Suicide – 25 Minutes Friday October 9 from 12.15 until 12.40pm

APSS and Young People – 15 minutes Friday 30 October from 12.15 until 12.30pm

Building resilience in young people - 20 minutes Friday November 27 from 12.15 until 12.35pm
Register at generalmanager@ypa-isa.com.au

Sexual Violence Awareness Month 1st-31st October

Sexual Violence Awareness Month is held during October each year to:
Raise community awareness about sexual violence,
promote the support options available to people affected by sexual assault and sexual abuse, and uphold a clear message that sexual violence will not be tolerated in our communities.
There are many sexual assault services across Queensland that provide free and confidential counselling, support and medical care. Click here for more information.

National Homelessness Conference 2020

The 2020 National Homelessness Conference is going ahead, – online,– on 1st and 2nd December.
The conference program will examine the impacts on our sector from the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic as well as the catastrophic climate disasters of last summer. The program will also cover the major challenges and opportunities in homelessness policy and practice that were in play before and will continue to be important after the pandemic.

You can find the program here and register here
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What future?

Inquiry into youth employment and transitions: Interim findings report.

The National Youth Commission Australia (NYCA) Inquiry’s Interim Report presents findings about the conditions for success needed by young people as they navigate their transitions from school to work, and from entry into the labour force towards sustainable employment.

This is an Interim Report because the Inquiry process is designed to ensure that the Commission can validate our analysis of the evidence gathered and test the ideas for policy reform: better ways to engage young people; the resources that need to be invested, shared, or reconfigured; and suggestions about who needs to be involved in the changes. You can find the report here.

Australia’s Community Sector and COVID-19.

Supporting communities through the crisis. An Australian Community Sector survey special Report, September 2020.

The Australian Community Sector Survey (ACSS) finds the community service sector is under pressure due to COVID-19. With expected cuts to income support for 500,000 Queenslanders and the ending of the eviction moratorium for renters impacted by COVID-19, services are bracing for increased pressure.

Researchers from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) Social Policy Research Centre have used the survey findings to produce the report.

Parity – call for contributions – November 2020

This edition of Parity is devoted to examining how governments, services and front-line workers have responded to the impact that Covid-19 has had on those experiencing or at risk of homelessness. Equally importantly, this edition is devoted to giving people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, the opportunity to talk about the impact of Covid-19 on their lives.. Click here for details.


Small grants are available for organisations, small community groups, not-for-profits and government bodies throughout Australia to support efforts to build happy and healthy neighbourhoods.

If your organisation is eligible, you can apply for a Budget Direct sponsorship of $1,000, $2,500, or $5,000.
This one-off cash donation can be spent as your organisation sees fit. More information here


Everybody’s Home partners and supporters are asking local MPs across the country to sign the pledge and support investment in more social housing.

Go here to see who has signed so far and check out if your local MP is there!
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Queensland Youth Housing Coalition is a state-wide coalition of organisations and individuals advocating for and with young people who are homeless or at risk and the services that support them.

The vision of the Queensland Youth Housing Coalition is: All young people need a safe and secure home to be included in our society and experience holistic wellbeing.

You can submit your membership application here or contact Mel at admin@qyhc.org.au or on 0460 410 612.
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The Fedreral government is currently deciding the long-term level of support for the 2.2 million people currently receiving the Coronavirus Supplement.

Now is your chance to send a clear message to our elected representatives that we must support everyone to cover the basics through a permanent and adequate increase to JobSeeker, Youth Allowance and other payments.

Make your voice heard by contacting your MP here.

Make Renting Fair in Queensland

It was disappointing to hear recently that the Queensland Government has decided not to extend the evictions moratorium for residential tenants. You can read the statement from Minister de Brenni here.

If your organisation would like to support a letter to the Premier to extend the protections for Queensland renting households please read the letter here and register your support



International Tenants Day

5th October

Since 1986, International Tenants Day (ITD) has been celebrated annually in the first week of October. Click here to find out about the 2020 ITD photography competition.
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Mental health week
World Homeless Day is the 10th of October annually. The purpose of World Homeless Day is to draw attention to homeless people’s needs locally, and provide opportunities for the community to get involved in responding to homelessness, while taking advantage of the stage an ‘international day’ provides.

For more information click here
Queensland Mental Health Week (QMHW) is an annual event that aims to shine a spotlight on what all of us can do to look after our mental health and reach out to those who need support. The event is linked to National Mental Health Week and World Mental Health Day, which is held on 10 October every year.

Click here for more information.


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