To ensure housing and homelessness organisations are well prepared, the Department of Housing and Public Works (DHPW) are taking a proactive approach in providing information and engaging with organisations. The following steps may assist in minimising impacts of Coronavirus to service delivery. Read more.
Rental Reforms in Queensland
‘For 13-year-old Will, not knowing when he and his mother “might get kicked out for no particular reason” has been the hardest part of renting their small unit in Parkdale.’ Read more
The Queensland Government is in the final stages of preparing draft legislation. Make Renting Fair Queensland are supporting five proposed improvements to the tenancy laws. These improvements will increase stability, safety and well-being for people who rent their homes:
1. Ending tenancies fairly by removing ‘no reason’ evictions
2. Minimum health and safety standards for all rental homes
3. Making it easier for renters to have pets
4. Allowing renters to make reasonable modifications
5. Increasing protections for renters experiencing family violence
Any action will help. You can sign MRFQ online petitions and encourage colleagues and friends to do the same. For more information go to: www.makerentingfairqld.org.au
Inquiry into Homelessness in Australia
The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs is conducting an Inquiry into homelessness in Australia.
QYHC is preparing a written submission. All are invited to participate in a teleconference on Thursday 19th April at 9.30am to discuss this important issue. We’d love to hear your views and experiences. To participate, please contact Lorraine.
The Committee is accepting written submissions, addressing one or more of the terms of reference, to be received by Thursday 9 April 2020. For more Information
We Begin Again!!
We are relaunching uBegin on an exciting and updated platform. Join us at uBegin to collaborate as we work across the vast State we live and work in. uBegin affords us opportunities to share ideas, programs and projects. It also offers a platform to discuss innovation and to network.
Sign up for uBegin to participate in projects and learn from other organisations doing similar work in Queensland. https://ubegin.com/register
The April 2020 edition of Parity is to be entitled: A Better Way Forward: New Developments and Initiatives in the Response to Youth Homelessness.
Parity is seeking to showcase a range of policy and service responses and settings that have been developed and implemented to provide a better way forward in responding to youth homelessness. For more information please go to the Parity Magazine website.
LGBTIQAP+ Sistergirl and Brotherboy
Affirmative Practice Guide
Youth Advocacy Centre and Open Doors Youth Service invite you to attend a FREE full day of training to celebrate the launch of the Affirmative Practice Guide for working with LGBTIQAP+ Sistergirl and Brotherboy young people experiencing homelessness in Brisbane.
Date: Tuesday 31st March 2020, 9.00 am until 5.00pm
Venue: Quaker Meeting Housing – 10 Hampson Street, Kelvin Grove
For further information or to RSVP please contact Kate on 3356 1002 or [email protected]
From a Brisbane Domestic Violence Prevention Advocate:
Although the ashes of this literally still linger in the air, now that a few small motes of dust have settled on the immediate information released about the mass murders of Tuesday, I find that – There is so much I want to say right now but can’t. So much more expression wish I could express but can’t. So much more I wish I could do but can’t. So much more I wish I could feel but can’t. Read More
Important articles have also been written by leading Australian Domestic and Family Violence Prevention experts:Jess Hill and Cathy Humphreys
Make Renting Fair Queensland
Please become a supporter
Make Renting Fair Queensland (MRFQ) is an alliance of organisations and ordinary Queenslanders campaigning for changes to rental laws in our state. QYHC is a proud member of the Make Renting Fair Queensland Alliance.
MRFQ is seeking support from organisations who understand the positive difference rental reforms will make for people renting their homes. This includes the benefits for local communities and our state as a whole.
We are asking you to add your organisation’s name and logo to our supporter list on our website by emailing: [email protected]
There are so many amazing events to look forward to during Youth Week. Check out Youth Events near you If you’d like to showcase your event, please let us know and we’ll promote it in our next QYHC Chat Newsletter. Contact us at: [email protected]
Extreme Ninja Warriors
Extreme Ninja Warriors will feature amongst other innovative events across the State during Queensland Youth Week 2020. You can take the Extreme Ninja Warrior Challenge on this 85 foot inflatable course or for the youngest of participants, a jumping castle can be enjoyed. Great prizes on offer. Food and drinks will be on sale by community organisations. The event also features a Driving simulator and live music by young local band ‘The Stoned Wings.’ All are welcome to turn up. No RSVP needed.
Date: 6 April 2020 Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm
Cost: FREE Location: Jubilee Park, Beaudesert
Do you know a person or a program you’d like to celebrate?
Nominations for Queensland Child Protection Week Awards are coming soon
The annual Queensland Child Protection Awards provide an opportunity to publicly acknowledge the efforts, commitment and unreserved energy of many people who make a significant contribution to our community to prevent child harm and neglect. There are several Award categories to choose from.
Each year during Queensland Child Protection Week, (QCPW) events are held throughout Queensland to promote the key theme that Child Protection is Everybody’s Responsibility as well as sharing the key messages of QCPW.
Regional events need to reflect the diversity of the region. The event/activity must be completed within Child Protection Week 6-12 September 2020.
Regional Grants of $5,000 are available for each of the five regional areas of Queensland:
– North Queensland
– Central Queensland
– South East
– South West
Grants of up to $1000 are available to non-government organisations, community organisations and networks. Successful applicants may receive full or partial grants. The Queensland Child Protection Week Committee encourages applications for events that have been designed to positively support the theme and aims of Child Protection Week.
Share the Dignity is a Charity aiming to end period poverty for women experiencing homelessness, fleeing domestic violence and those women doing it tough. Every woman deserves the right to her dignity. Every March and August, Share the Dignity runs a dignity drive. Please support these!