May 2021 Edition


May - Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month

Almost each day of May, events were held around Queensland to educate, empower and most of all, to find strategies to prevent Domestic and Family Violence. Communities, families, government, businesses and individuals all working together towards prevention.

SBS this month featured See What You Made Me Do, the series developed from Journalist Jess Hill’s book of the same name focusing on Domestic and family Violence in Australia. She concludes: We can do this - we have to do it for our children today and generations yet to come. For those who don’t believe it is possible - all revolutions seem impossible until they are inevitable.

For information on Respectful relationships for young people, click here

SafeHome Alliance

The SafeHome Alliance is an initiative to assist in greater understanding and awareness of the role real estate agents and property managers can play in supporting women experiencing violence to safety.
There are also resources for people impacted by domestic and family violence including the state by state regulations for leaving a lease early due to domestic and family violence. Visit the website here

Under 18 Domestic Violence Matters

YAC’s legal team can give you advice if you are:
  • the aggrieved
  • the respondent
  • a named person
They can also assist you to make an application for a protection order, vary conditions of a protection order, or if you have breached a protection order.

Know DFV

Most Queenslanders know how to recognise physical domestic and family violence, but we also know financial abuse, social abuse, isolation and technology-based abuse can be just as dangerous. Hence the launch of the new DFV awareness campaign this month to help Queenslanders recognise all forms of DFV and what they can do if their friend or family member is experiencing DFV.
For more information, click here

The power in understanding patterns of coercive control

Domestic and family violence service responses often place physical and sexual violence above other forms of abuse in terms of their risk and potential for harm. Minimising the harm caused by non-physical forms of violence can have a negative effect on service responses for victim-survivors.

This free webinar will explore ways that services can use the language of coercive control to support women to expose patterns of abusive behaviour.
Specifically, it will:
  • Describe coercive control and its prevalence in Australia
  • Share one woman’s lived experience of coercive control
  • Present practical strategies that support women to describe and expose patterns of controlling behaviour
This webinar is presented by CFCA, with ANROWS and the Australian Institute of Criminology
For more information and to register, click here

BRISSC launch their new podcast

Brisbane Rape & Incest Survivors Support Centre have produced a 6-part podcast series called 'Embrace' which draws on the lived expertise of survivors of sexual violence to cover topics including sex and intimacy.
You can listen to the series on Spotify here

Foyer Life Conference

Showcasing Foyer Life and bringing together practitioners, policy makers, young people, accredited/accrediting Foyers and those with a passion to end youth homelessness from across Australia to learn, engage and network together.

Featuring a range of speakers and topics over 2 days, to share how the evidence informed Foyer model and supporting partners/stakeholders can collaborate and commit to ending youth homelessness at a national, state and local level.

Showcasing topics such as:
  • The lived experience by our young people
  • Innovation, policy and funding within youth homelessness sector
  • Culturally safe and diverse Foyers
  • Impact and outcomes for young people post Foyer Life
  • Accreditation, practice, development and Advantaged Thinking
For more information and early bird tickets, click here

Why attend NYHC?

For over a decade, the homelessness sector has called for a national strategy to end child and youth homelessness. Yet it remains a persistent issue, and has undoubtedly been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
As a result, NYHC2021 will aim to mobilise a collective commitment to developing a joint NGO-Government national strategy to end child and youth homelessness. This is a unique and new approach in Australia. Register here
Platform 1225

Lobbying for Homelessness services ERO Funding - Success!

The Services Union petition in partnership with Homelessness Australia calling on the Federal Government to continue the funding for the Equal Remuneration Order (ERO) was successful.

Adjust our settings
An approach to cyberbullying

In line with the recommendations of 'Adjust our settings: a community approach to address cyberbullying among children and young people in Queensland', Department of Communities and Housing and Digital Economy, in consultation with QYHC, developed internet-based resources, which are available to view here

In October 2020, the Human Services Quality Framework (HSQF) was amended to include a requirement to have anti-cyberbullying policies and procedures in place. A link to the HSQF User Guide is available here (refer to page 100).

First Nations housing peak announced on National Sorry Day

QYHC extends our thanks to the Honourable Leeanne Enoch, Minister for Communities and Housing, Minister for Digital Economy and Minister for the Arts, who announced the establishment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Housing Queensland on 26th May. She noted the importance of this peak in advocating for the sector and working with government to improve outcomes for First Nations people’s housing. We also extend a very warm welcome to CEO Neil Willmett.

Find services in oneplace

oneplace is an online directory for Queensland parents, families and professionals that lists community service throughout Queensland. There are more than 58,000 services that provide help with a range of issues including parenting, domestic and family violence, legal issues, mental health and counselling, housing, financial and food assistance.
It is free and easy to use.
Visit oneplace here

Human Rights in Housing and Homelessness

Unpacking the Human Rights Act 2019 (QLD) legal terms in plain English
To understand what the Human Rights Act 2019 (QLD) asks of you in your day-to-day work you need to understand the legalese. But if your mind boggles at ‘proper consideration', 'compatibility', ‘balance of human rights’ and ‘reasonable and justifiable’ – you're not alone!

At June’s Human Rights Housing and Homeless workshop, we unpack what these terms mean in plain English so you can more easily apply the Act when you make service-delivery decisions.

Date: Wednesday, 9 June
Time: 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Location: Online via Zoom
Introducing the Human Rights Act 2019 (Qld) to new staff and others
The following resources are introductory, designed to introduce the Human Rights Act 2019 (Qld).
These are helpful resources for staff and board member induction processes.
Giving 'proper consideration' under the Human Rights Act 2019 (QLD)
Making a decision or acting in a way that gives ‘proper consideration’ to human rights requires service providers to ask: which rights are relevant, what is the impact of my action or decision, and is a limitation reasonable and justifiable?

Giving ‘proper consideration’ to a person’s human rights in complex situations is not always second nature, but to meet your obligations under the Act it needs to become a cornerstone of your decision-making process.

At July’s Human Rights Housing and Homelessness workshop we help build your confidence in giving consideration under the Act, so you become fluent in human rights decision making.

You will work through case studies to practise the process of giving consideration.

Time: 3:00pm to 4:30pm
Date: Thursday, 15 July
Location: Online via Zoom
More information here

Truth, Healing and Reconciliation
North Queensland Forums

The Truth, Healing and Reconciliation Taskforce invites service providers, people with lived experience of institutional child sexual abuse and their supporters to find out more on the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and the National Redress Scheme.

Speakers at the forum will include:
Mr Robert (Bob) Atkinson, former Commissioner Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and Chair, Truth, Healing and Reconciliation Taskforce (Queensland) and knowmore Legal Service.
Members of the Truth, Healing and Reconciliation Taskforce, some who have lived experience of institutional child sexual abuse will be in attendance at the forums.
Tuesday 15 June 2021
9.30am for a 10.00am start until 3.00pm
Mercure Hotel (Townsville)
166 Woolcock St, Currajong
Morning tea and lunch will be provided.
Free car-parking is available on-site.

Thursday 17 June 2021
9.30am for a 10.00am start until 3.00pm
Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort
122 Lake St, Cairns
Morning tea and lunch will be provided.
Car-parking is available on-site at a cost of $10. Street parking is also available.

For more information, or to RSVP, please contact Kelly Lotz at the Department of Children, Youth Justice and Multicultural Affairs on 3097 5793 / 0467 739 280 or kelly.lotz@cyjma.qld.gov.au



Reconciliation Australia’s theme for 2021, More than a word. Reconciliation takes action, urges the reconciliation movement towards braver and more impactful action.

Reconciliation is a journey for all Australians – as individuals, families, communities, organisations and importantly as a nation. At the heart of this journey are relationships between the broader Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

2021’s theme urges us all to take action for reconciliation. Check out 20 Actions you can take for Reconciliation in 2021

Reconciliation is more than raising awareness and knowledge. As a nation, and importantly, as people, we need to move from ‘safe’ to ‘brave’ in order to advance reconciliation.
#NRW2021 #MoreThanAWord

Take action: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) Workshop

The purpose of this Aboriginal-led workshop is to share and gather information about young people’s AOD service needs. This will support the development of a Social and Emotional Wellbeing service for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people in the Brisbane Youth Detention Centre and West Moreton Detention Centre, during and after their transition back to community.

Tuesday 08 June 2021, 9.00am to 2.00pm
University of Queensland Centre for Clinical Research (UQCCR) Auditorium, Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital Complex, Herston Road, Brisbane QLD 4006

RSVP to Aunty Sandra Angus - Wiradjuri
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Peaks Partnering Networking

Join your Queensland housing and homelessness sector colleagues at the inaugural Housing and Homelessness Sector Peaks Partnership networking event.

When: Monday 21 June 2021, 5:00pm – 6:30pm
Where: Balcony Bar (Level 1) Port Office Hotel
40 Edward Street Brisbane City
Tickets: $25 pp (exGST) Drink on arrival and canapés
More information here Register here
RAS Concept 2 final v1
0% of rentals are affordable for a person on Youth Allowance - including sharehouses!

Anglicare’s 2021 Rental Affordability Snapshot shows growing concerns for access to the rental market, especially for young people. Australians are facing a rental market that has never been less affordable. The Snapshot surveyed over 74,000 rental listings across Australia and found that affordability has crashed to record lows. Young people on youth allowance have no access to the rental market.

Read the report here

Make Renting Fair Queensland

Along with over 50 other community-based organisations QYHC supports Make Renting Fair Queensland’s (MRFQ) commitment to creating a society where renting a home means a fair, safe and certain place to live for all Queenslanders. You can read more about MRFQ here or contact QYHC.

Please add your organisation to the supporter list on the MRFQ website by emailing your logo and an email to authorise your organisation as a supporter.

The Queensland government commenced a process to change tenancy laws in 2018 and issued a regulatory impact statement in late 2019. In early 2020 however, a temporary halt was placed on the process due to the public health crisis and need for temporary COVID-19 tenancy protections. With the COVID-19 tenancy protections now all but finished, the government will soon recommence the process of changing tenancy laws more permanently. You are invited to lend your support to Make Renting Fair in Queensland. We all understand the positive difference improving laws would make for the large percentage of Queensland households who rent their home, including the many vulnerable people our organisations work with.

Automotive Certificate

Do you know of someone who lives and breathes cars? That has an endless passion for fixing and modifying vehicles?

The YMCA can help make car passion an employment reality via a Certificate II in Automotive with TAFE QLD. Over a 12 week period you’ll gain knowledge that will help accelerate you into the industry and fast track your way to a potential apprenticeship.

Located at Mary St Kingston. You can find out more on YMCA’s Instagram, Facebook or via phone. Contact 0436 603 641 for the application form.

Next intake starts on the 5th of July!

2021 Census

The Australian Bureau of Statistics is working with the housing and homelessness sector in preparation for Census 2021. QYHC is working with Census staff to assist them in ensuring the most accurate count of Queensland’s homeless young people possible. We’re currently identifying hot spots for young people sleeping rough and those couch surfing.
If you have any information to share, please contact Lorraine on 0448 073 463

Census 2021 is about to release the Youth Strategy, and are seeking young people who have had lived experiences of homelessness/service systems to apply to become Youth Ambassadors.
This involves speaking engagements in schools or where required. Training and support provided.

Register your interest here
For Census supporters information, click here
A $4.1 billion investment in social housing would build 14,700 homes for those most in need. Tell the State Government to act on the housing crisis to create change that will turn struggle into stability, tents into tenancies, and hope into homes.

You can support the campaign here
If you need assistance with regard to the campaign or the toolkit, contact QCOSS on 07 3004 6900 or email

Taking the Pulse

The Queensland Mental Health Commission’s annual 'Taking the Pulse' survey is still open. Your views and opinions will help shape the mental health, alcohol and other drugs, and suicide prevention systems in Queensland.

The survey will take approximately 5-10 minutes to complete and is anonymous. Survey responses will go directly to the survey’s independent administrator, Paxton Partners, for analysis.

Complete the survey here
Closes Monday June 14th 2021.
The Acacia Ridge Community NAIDOC 2021 are now taking expressions of interest for stall holders.
To register your interest, email or phone 3255 6133

For Flood Affected Tenants

Tenants Queensland's fact sheet provides information for Tenants affected by storm or flood. In particular it provides information on options for tenants who may be affected by the flooding and storm damage due to recent weather experiences across Queensland.
This factsheet covers topics including:
If you want to leave; If the lessor wants you to leave; If you want to stay; Bond; Rent; Repairs; Cleaning due to flood damage; Compensation.

View the fact sheet here, for additional information or tenancy advice call QSTARS on 1300 744 263.