Child, Youth and Family NCWQ Report, February 2020

2019-20 Bushfire Events

It has been a devasting start to 2020 for many Australians. From September 2019 fires heavily impacted various regions across Australia. In New South Wales more than 100 fires burnt across the state. In eastern and north-easternVictoria large areas of forest burnt out of control for weeks. Significant fires occurred in South Australia. In Queensland affected areas included south-eastern Queensland. Areas of south-western Western Australia, and a few areas in Tasmaniaand the ACT were also impacted. Over this period, it is estimated that 1 billion animals have perished, 18.6 million hectares has been burnt, 2,779 homes have been lost, and over 30 people killed. Concerns also remain as to the effects of the prolonged smoke inhalation. 

The recent bushfire events serve as a sharp reminder of the different issues affecting women and families including healthy and safe environments. During disasters, people experiencing family or sexual violence may have additional marginalisations including isolation, homelessness, disability, being culturally or linguistically diverse, or being LGBTQI+. Families experiencing violence before the fires may face increasingly frequent violence post-disaster, when trauma, grief, financial stress, and loss of a home or employment may escalate their partner’s perpetration. Women and their children may also find themselves separated from extended family, friends and other protective networks.  

With research and some organisations suggesting that gendered violence may peak during stressful events it is vital that government and those at the coal face deliver timely education and information relating to family violence. In this context a checklist has been developed to support community workers and individuals responding to the bushfire event. The “Checklist to Keep Women and Children Safe after Natural Disasters” comprises a gendered lens and can be found at ( Other resources that may be accessed by women following the 2019-20 bushfire events include:

  1. Find a Bed (
  2. The Australian National University has produced a factsheet on how to protect yourself and others from bushfire smoke (
  3. The Australian Psychological Association has provided information on how to psychologically prepare and recover from bushfires – including advice for those looking after children affected by bushfires (
  4. Website Ask Izzy provides general information on local supports (
  5. ANROWS has done up an opinion piece on trauma and children with a back to school focus on children’s needs who are traumatised not only by the bushfires, but also family violence (
  6. The Monash University (Disaster Resilience Initiative) have drafted a factsheet on how to ask if someone is experiencing violence during a natural disaster (
  7. Telstra is supporting a complimentary phone top up scheme for those affected (

Sexual Violence

A recent investigation by the ABC found that police reject 1 in every 12 reports of sexual violence as “unfounded”. The investigation analysed 140,000 reports Australia wide between 2007 and 2017 and found that 12,000 had been rejected. This disbelief of victims remains rooted in societal attitudes around false allegations, with 42% believing that sexual assault allegations are used to get back at men, even though 9 out of 10 sexual assault survivors don’t report, and false reports are rare (ABS, 2017). 

The Queensland Government is delivering the Queensland Violence against Women Prevention Plan 2016-22 and the Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Strategy 2016-2026, and in 2019/20 will provide over $100,000 in one-off grant funding for activities and events aimed at helping to stamp out sexual violence in all Queensland communities through the Sexual Violence Prevention Grants Program. Along these lines the consultation period on Queensland’s review of laws relating to consent and the excuse of mistake of fact, closed on 31 January 2020 and submissions are now being considered. These are all important steps in the generational process of changing individual attitudes around sexual violence.

Family Violence and Homelessness

In Queensland there are over 72,000 social or affordable homes, with a further 5,500 under construction. However, 10% of the waiting list is known to be those at risk of family violence (2,200 out of wait list of 22,000). There is no doubt many more who are not registered. Coercive and financial control are driving factors behind homelessness which forces some women and their children to live in cars or motels. These women need not only proper shelter, but also access to services long term that will support their safety, stability, and recovery.

Family Violence and Disability

Submissions are open for the Royal Commission into violence, abuse, neglect, and exploitation of people with disability. For more information go to their website (


In the November 2019 report I discussed the national plan aimed at implementing an endometriosis education program in schools for girls in Years 9 and 10. To update I share that the NCWQ are now in the process of writing to the Queensland government requesting that they now take the necessary steps to secure funding under this plan. It is vital that maintaining good health be the primary focus of everyone.

In conclusion, our thoughts remain with those who continue to be affected by the 2019-20 bushfire events. In January 2020 the National Mental Health Commission made mental health recovery a priority by announcing an investment of $76 million (AUD) to support the recovery of families affected by the 2019-20 bushfires. It is important that affected individual’s access, or that we continue to support others to access, the relevant support services.

NCWQ Child Youth and Family Report May 2019

The months are passing by quickly, Easter has come and gone, and the middle of the year is close. In the words of Dr Seuss “how did it get so late so soon?” This report sets out some upcoming family events, outcomes of the 2019 Federal Budget, brief discussion on recommendations handed down on 10 April 2019 from the Family Law Reform Commission’s inquiry into the Family Law Act, and changes in Queensland for 16 to 17-year-olds wishing to be vaccinated.

Upcoming Dates

5 May 2019                                         International Day of Families

5 May 2019                                         Applications close QLD Family and Child Commissioner – Recruitment for Youth Advisory Council (

15 May 2019 – 21 May 2019              National Family Week (

30 May 2019                                       Applications close NCWQ Bursaries

1 June 2019                                         Global Day of Parents

2019 Budget – Family Violence

Since the last report we have had a Federal election set for 18 May 2019. Partial Federal Budget funding leading up to the election includes $328 million over the next four years to fund prevention, response, and recovery initiatives as part of the Fourth Action Plan of the National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and Children (2010 to 2022). The Fourth Action Plan addresses different forms that abuse can take, with specific measures to address risks faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, and women with an intellectual disability.

Part of the $78 million for housing for women and children fleeing family violence was an amount of $10 million dollars allocated for Specialist Family Violence Services, that included couple-based counselling and dispute resolution services. Within this context front line services have raised concerns around safety issues for women in couples counselling and mediation.

The Government will also provide an additional $30.5 million over three years, in part to provide legal assistance services for those experiencing family violence, and $22.5 million for the establishment of the National Centre for the Prevention of Child Abuse. An amount of $10 million over four years will be invested in educating Australian children, parents, and teachers about how young people can stay safe online, with $7.8 million going towards the establishment of a National Public Register of Child Sex Offenders. 1800 RESPECT will receive $64 million to expand their services.

In relation to youth mental health and suicide prevention there is $461 million allocated.

In relation to education for children, the Federal government has provided $453 million to extend the National Partnership Agreement of Universal Access to Early Childhood Education to ensure that every child has access to a quality pre-school education for 15 hours a week before school. And at the other end, universities will receive $93.7 million over four years for scholarships for students who study at regional campuses.

What is missing however, is an increase to Newstart, an increase to Commonwealth Rent Assistance, and provisions for superannuation for Australians in unpaid care work, the majority of which are women caring for a child with a disability. There also continues to be a lack of action on issues such as women’s homelessness.

Australian Law Reform Commission – Final Report – Review of the Australian Family Law System

In 2017 the Australian Law Reform Commission received Terms of Reference to carry out an inquiry into the family law system. The key themes that emerged from this inquiry is that the family law system is unsafe, does not enforce parenting orders adequately, is overly complex, expensive, slow, and lacks accountability. The Final Report was presented on 31 March 2019 (“Family Law for the Future – An Inquiry into the Family Law System”) and provides a road map for improvements to the system of justice, and legislative amendments. The Final Report comprised 60 recommendations and can beaccessed at

Perhaps the most radical recommendation is the abolition of the Federal family courts. This would leave the State and Territory courts to make orders not only under the Family Law Act (1975), but also under State family violence and child protection laws. The other recommendation is the abandonment of the 2006 reforms that spoke to the option of shared care, or equal time arrangements. There is no question that a child benefits from having a close and continuing relationship with both parents following separation, however where there is family violence, mental illness, neglect, or other complex issues, children are left vulnerable to further abuse. This recommendation is relevant to Resolution 7 – Rights of the Child and Protection of the Child’s Interests endorsed by the NCWA within the Third Action Plan (2016-2019) of the National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and Children (2010-2022).

Other proposed changes to the Family Law Act (1975) include provisions for determining what arrangements would promote the best interests of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander children, and repeal of the requirement to consider the possibility of a child spending equal or substantial time with each parent. Property division has been simplified and there is a focus on encouraging amicable resolution between separating parents. Provision is made to assist parents to understand their final parenting orders and further supports in court, including an Indigenous Liaison Officer, and support for people with a disability.

Recommendation 50 proposes the establishment of a Children and Young People’s Advisory Board which would inform policy and practice about children’s experiences within the family law system. The ALRC also suggest that Section 121 of the Family Law Act (1975), which restricts publication of family law proceedings to the public, be redrafted. It is hoped that the Government and all politicians will give careful consideration to these recommendations.

Family Law and Vaccinations

For separating parents, under the current Family Law Act (1975) there is a presumption of equal shared parental responsibility. In these cases where parents have not agreed on medical procedures, parents have had to get orders from the court in order to get children vaccinated ( This has been expensive, time consuming, and has prevented children whose parents are separated from accessing services that are accessible to children whose parents are not separated. And although this will not assist separated families with younger children in overcoming these barriers, on 5 April 2019 the Queensland Government made the following announcement:

Teens Can Now Get The Flu Jab at Pharmacies

Queensland teens can now receive vaccines for highly contagious, preventable diseases from their local pharmacist. Minister for Health and Ambulance Services, Steven Miles said the changes would make it easier for 16 and 17-year-old Queenslanders and their parents. From tomorrow, Queenslanders from 16 years of age can now get vaccinated for influenza, pertussis (whooping cough), and measles at a pharmacy, previously only GPs could vaccinate under 18s.

“Queenslanders aged 16-and-over can get their vaccinations without parental consent, so these changes will make it much easier for them to access vaccinations like the flu shot. This will also make life easier for parents with teenage children.”

Mr Miles said the amendments also allow younger Queenslanders to make their own decisions about getting vaccinated. “This is a step in the right direction for Queensland to reduce the barriers for kids of anti-vax parents to gain access to vaccines for preventable diseases,” Mr Miles said “it also brings Queensland into line with other states and territories.”

As well as amending the Health (Drugs and Poisons) Regulation 1996 (HDPR), the pharmacist vaccination drug therapy protocol will be revised to specify that a pharmacist may administer the specified vaccines to a person 16 years and older, instead of an “adult” as previously stated. Queensland’s Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young said pharmacists provide an additional opportunity for vaccination for people who would not otherwise get vaccinated.

In summary, there is progress that is being made, and at the same time much more work to be done. Together we must continue to advocate for women’s and children’s rights. Remember “when women support each other, incredible things happen”.

To suit up or skirt down: Can women do both?

By Bianca Banchetti

NCWQ Youth Adviser

“Women can’t have it all,” says Ann-Marie Slaughter, an international lawyer, foreign policy expert and passionate women’s advocate. At first, the feminist in me pulls out my lighter and prepares to burn my bra in protest … yet I can’t help hear the inevitable truth echoing in her words. In her 2012 article, ‘Why Women Still Can’t Have it all,’ Ann-Marie shocked and challenged the feminist narrative, but exposed the true hidden dialogue I share with many young women through out the world.

“There has been very little honest discussion among women of our age about the real barriers and flaws that still exist in the system despite the opportunities we inherited.” Sadly, I agree with her.

I find myself thinking: in a male-dominated society, do I really have to wear the pants to be a woman in the modern world?

The 21st century has presented a stark challenge for young women wanting to join the leagues of success and affluence heralded by women like Oprah, Gloria Steinberg and Arianna Huffington. Spurred on by the brave suffrages of our past that have paved the way for us, we are told and believe we can and should ‘have it all’.

Statistics would point to a different ideal. In Australia, women will earn between $17,000 and $27,000 less a year than a man for the same work, with little over 15% of CEO positions and 27% of key management roles held by women. And change is only “inching” forward, the Workplace Gender Equality Agency found.

As a young woman, it’s difficult to comprehend that the realities of the workplace still erode the values of equality and empowerment I hold so dear. As a fourth year Law and Journalism student, facing that truth is not far away.

In our goodhearted optimism, it is often forgotten that men wrote our economic, political and social structure long before the feminism movement emerged. Those structures are still in place and women are caught under the capitalist wheel, where the male narrative has become the norm.

At present, our economic structure doesn’t support woman’s responsibility to her home and her family. The workplace does not lend itself well to maternity leave, to flexible hours, to childcare and the like. And the competitive nature of the corporate world does not readily accept the compromise, kindness and empathy that women offer – although that adversarial environment desperately needs it.

While women have been given the power to vote, to participate and to choose, I find myself weighed down by the responsibility of that choice. The feminist movement gave us the opportunity to have both a work-life and a home-life, for which I am eternally grateful. But nothing changed for men. Their traditional role, as the breadwinner, remained the same. But women added to theirs and took on both the work responsibilities AND the home responsibilities.

For me it seems, with the current social stigma we have around men being ‘homemakers’ or stay-at-home dads, I have seriously contemplated not having children to pursue a career, or by some miracle find a man who would be willing to forfeit the macho stereotype and stay with our kids, so that I may be able to ‘have it all’.

The pledge for parity raises an all-too familiar conversation: women are not represented equally in the workforce either in leadership roles or salary. It’s undeniably a concern, but I believe it is a symptom of a much deeper societal issue that challenges the structure on which our economy stands; an issue that affects both women and men.

All of us need to make a pledge for equality, to advocate for a system that allows both genders to flourish. In policy terms, real equality means recognising that the work that women have traditionally done is just as important as the work that men have traditionally done, no matter who does it.

For our future, I hope I can do something today to see a world where women don’t have to make the choice between a suit or a skirt, but can wear whatever they choose and not have to be fighting the ranks in a ‘mans’ world, but simply be a human being asking for opportunity in ‘our’ world.

We spend a lot of time labelling the sexes in the female equality debate, creating a me versus you mentality. The conversation needs to be reframed in a broader context, in terms of ‘us’, ‘we’ and ‘our’: Our work, our career, our home, our family, our happiness and that we can do it together.

Ann-Marie Slaughter said something that truly resonated with me, and is what caused me to put away my lighter and not reach for the clasp on my bra. She said, “Let’s make the feminist revolution a humanist revolution.”

My pledge for parity is to open up the equality debate and challenge the traditional stereotypes around both women and men. To achieve this, I want to insist on changing social policies and prevent women bending their career tracks so that our choices can be accommodated, too. We have the power to do this, and I believe there are many men standing alongside us.


Youth Issues in 2014

By Kirsty Levis

NCWQ Youth Adviser


Youth Week 2014 (

National Youth Week 2014 was held from Friday 4 April to Sunday 13 April under the theme Our Voice. Our Impact. Queensland’s Youth Week celebrations were coordinated by the Queensland Police Citizens Youth Welfare Association (PCYC), which received State Government funding to collaboratively plan, run and subsidise Youth Week events and activities in partnership with community organisations. Thirty-seven funded events were held across Queensland during National Youth Week this year. Dates for 2015 are Friday 10 April to Sunday 19.

Are U Safe Online? (

Being online has become a big part of everybody’s life; particularly for children who are growing up surrounded by the internet, computers, smart devices and gaming consoles that offer unlimited networking possibilities. With the power of these connections, it is important that children are educated about safe and positive ways to be online. Telstra and the Queensland Government have partnered to develop Creep Quiz: Are U Safe Online? The quiz has been designed to provide insight into the online world and highlight some of the pitfalls for the unwary. Lots of social media sites and apps require users to be 13 years and older; so as children approach that age, the pressure from friends to use social media intensifies. The Creep Quiz provides parents with an interactive tool that can be used with children to talk about digital lives. Aimed at children from 11 years of age, the quiz addresses a variety of activities across a number of social media platforms.

P.A.R.T.Y. – Prevent Alcohol and Risk-related Trauma in Youth



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P.A.R.T.Y. is an in-hospital injury prevention program run out of various hospitals including the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, Alfred Hospital and Nambour General Hospital. In 2009, 1361 young people aged between 15 to 19 years were admitted to Queensland Hospitals with trauma injuries. Young people in this age group are grossly over represented in injury and trauma statistics, both in terms of death and long term disability. Road trauma is still one of the most common causes of mortality and catastrophic injury in youth. When you attend a P.A.R.T.Y. program you will see what it’s really like to be a trauma patient. Through DVDs, PowerPoint presentations and interactive simulated clinical scenarios, participants will meet health professionals, emergency services personnel (e.g. ambulance officers) and people who have experienced trauma and survived often with significant disabilities. Dates for 2015 are now available.

Bust Out Youth (

The website is an example of a Collaborative Action Group project and was developed to better link young people and parents to the hundreds of support mechanisms available. The site also helps to resource workers who support young people and parents, so that they are aware of the supports available. The name for the website, Bust Out Youth was developed by a group of young people at the Redcliffe Area Youth Space. Bust Out is a slang term used by young people to mean; to withdraw an item; to escape; to accomplish a task; or, to use something.

 YWAM Youth Teams (

YWAM is an international movement that offers global opportunities for volunteers from diverse backgrounds to serve, care, build, and connect with individuals and communities. YWAM is decentralised in structure and financially autonomous. YWAM Townsville has operated for over 20 years with an aim to build capacity in young people and to develop the community.

Youth Street Live is jam-packed full of entertainment and opportunity to grow. The night is filled with live music, life stories, interactive games, Wii, skate sessions, and heaps more! Come and enjoy a cold frappe from our café! Our hope is to give youth a safe place to connect with positive influences, hang out with friends, and talk about real life issues. YMAM City Campus is the location on Saturday nights from 6pm to 9pm for youth aged 12-17 years with cost $5.


Queensland Young Australian of the Year Award

Yassmin Abdel-Magied, 23 – Engineer and social advocate (Sunnybank Hills)

Born in Sudan, Yassmin Abdel-Magied moved to Australia when she was two and since then has devoted her extraordinary energy and talents to making Australia a better place. At age 16, Yassmin founded Youth Without Borders, an organisation that enables young people to work together to implement positive change within their communities and internationally. Yassmin has forged a hybrid career as an engineer, social advocate and media commentator and she is a sought-after candidate for state and federal councils. Yassmin has sat on the Australian Multicultural Council, the Board of the Queensland Museum and the Design Council, contributed as a member of the Federal Anzac Centenary Commemoration Youth Working Group and was on the organising committee of the 2014 Youth G20 Summit. She was also the Team Principal and designer of the University of Queensland’s race team. A role model to many, Yassmin has been recognised with many awards. Her achievements across a number of fields provide positive proof that hard work, resilience and self-belief can reap rewards, regardless of gender, faith or cultural background.


Youth Beyond Blue (

Articles on youth mental health are available from 22 October 2014. Youthbeyondblue is offering schools and community groups a range of ready-made articles on youth mental health for use in publications, like school newsletters or on websites. Thanks to a grant from the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation in Melbourne, the stories have been written, and focus on each of the following topics – depression, anxiety, bullying, helping a friend and keeping well. Images designed to accompany the stories are also available. For more information, or to request a story and image, email


Schoolies 22-28 November 2014 (

The Queensland Government does not promote participation in Schoolies but seeks to enhance the safety and responsible behaviour of school-leavers at Safer Schoolies locations and to minimise disruption to local communities.


As part of the Safer Schoolies Initiative, a range of safety and support services will be provided at the key Schoolies destinations in Queensland. Each Safer Schoolies location has its own access requirements, but all require proof of student photo ID to take advantage of the free activities and support services available. Police, emergency services, security, volunteers and officials will maintain a highly visible presence, providing schoolies with medical assistance, general support and advice. Safety initiatives include wristbands or photo ID for identification, street patrols, walk-home services, schoolies-only areas, free water and medical assistance. The Red Frogs Australia Chaplaincy Network also provides support to schoolies in accommodation venues. Volunteers play a vital role in helping to keep school leavers safe.


Queensland Youth Orchestra (

A spectacular highlight of the Brisbane concert calendar, the QYO Finale Concert is a “best of 2014” presentation by each orchestra and ensemble in Queensland’s world class youth orchestra organisation on 1st November 2014. 470 musicians aged 9 to 25 perform in seven orchestras and ensembles: three symphony orchestras, two wind orchestras, a string orchestra and a big band. The program includes a variety of repertoire, representing the culmination of a year of rehearsals, sectional tutorials, music camps, tours and concerts.   The QYO Finale Concert is a great event for music lovers of all ages due to the wide variety of music, short durations of the individual performances, early start time of 7pm and in particular, the high quality and enthusiasm of the musicians.




The National Youth Awards is an Australian Government initiative that is in keeping with the original intention and purpose of National Youth Week – to celebrate, acknowledge and recognise Australia’s youth. The Awards acknowledge the outstanding achievements by young people on behalf of young people. Do you know a young person that works hard for their community, shows amazing courage or helps promote cultural understanding? Head over to the youth week website to nominate them!

An individual can apply for the Awards themselves or can be nominated by someone. To be eligible for an award you must be between the ages 12-25 as at 16th April 2015. Applications open 10th October 2014 and close 27th November 2015 at 12pm.

Brisbane Youth Service Daggy Jumper Day – 6th June 2014 (

Annually in June show your support for Brisbane’s homeless youth by heading out in a jumper that has, until now, been for your eyes only. Workplaces or individuals can register, be sponsored by friends and family and help ensure at-risk young people are warm every winter and have a bigger and brighter future. Check out the website for how the money helps Brisbane’s homeless youth.

QLD Youth Strategy Ambassadors 2014


Nominations opened 15th April and closed 2nd June for the 2014 Youth Ambassador Program. The Queensland Government was seeking six enthusiastic young people aged 12 to 21 years, to become ambassadors for the six areas of connection in the Queensland Youth Strategy – family, friends and social networks; education, training and employment; health and wellbeing; volunteering and participation; supports and services; and arts and culture. The Queensland Youth Strategy Ambassadors program aims to showcase the achievements and contributions of young Queenslanders who are working hard to reach their potential and being positive role models for their peers, family or community, in line with the goals of the strategy. Each Ambassador will receive a $1000 bursary for personal or professional development, and will be supported to attend a personal development workshop in Brisbane.

Full report available here: NCWQ_YouthAdviserReport_Nov2014

Youth Adviser Report February


 By Kirsty Levis

NCWQ Youth Adviser

Youth Week 2014 (

National Youth Week 2014 will be held from Friday 4 April to Sunday 13 April and the theme is: Our Voice. Our Impact.   Youth Week is coordinated by Queensland Police Citizens Youth Welfare Association (PCYC), which receives Queensland Government funding to collaboratively plan, run and subsidise Youth Week events and activities in partnership with community organisations. This year PCYC will be running a Small Grants Program to provide funding to support organisations to deliver events in National Youth Week.

GoGetta Job – Jobs for YOUth (

GoGetta Job’s Vision is to be a one stop portal for teenagers, their parents, schools and employers in providing access to job opportunities, information and support that assists youth gain employment.  Employers have been especially catered for. In making it easy for them to list jobs and access relevant information. Never before has it been more simple to employ Australia’s youth.

Their aim is to be the No. 1 website in Australia for jobs and information specifically designed for youth between the ages of 14 and 20.  Support and feedback will help them achieve this. ‘Together we can change the lives of young people – One Youth at a Time.’

Sunshine Coast Youth Partnership Inc (

The Sunshine Coast Youth Partnership (SCYP) is designed to reduce disadvantage and cyclical poverty by maximising the potential of young people on the Sunshine Coast and the capacity of organisations to support them. The SCYP focuses on partnering with community services, business, Government, schools and the general community to facilitate Capacity Development of a comprehensive and cooperative community based approach to support young people in all areas of community life, learning, development, employment, culture and recreation.  The SCYP receives base funding from the Sunshine Coast Regional Council and secures grants and sponsorship to fund its activities in the community.

Youth Arts Queensland – Young People Creating Queensland (

Every day young people across Queensland are tirelessly creating, facilitating and supporting countless events, festivals, exhibitions, performances, shows, workshops, venues, companies, organisations, projects and initiatives.  Although these things are happening every single day, the effort, time and resources young people pour into their creative ideas and artistic visions often go unnoticed by the wider community. Young People Creating Queensland is setting out to change that.

Young People Creating Queensland was launched in November 2009 with an overwhelming response and support.  This unique profiling website is continuously gaining members who have connected with other artists and organisations, been involved in amazing projects and have gained incredible experience within the industry.  This project is dedicated to raising awareness of the work young people do around the state and crediting the effort they put into shaping the arts and creative industries in the state.  Young People Creating Queensland functions as a directory of young creative Queensland. It’s the best place for community members, industry representatives and young artists to look for local talent!

BCC Youth Strategy 2014-2019 (

Brisbane City Council have released their Youth Strategy 2014-2019: Delivering a youth-friendly city

This Youth Strategy 2014-2019 is an integrated whole-of-Council approach to ensure they continue to be an organisation that values and includes young people in the life of Brisbane.  Their vision is for a city where young people are healthy, resilient and confident young citizens who actively contribute to a better Brisbane.  They are committed to working with young people, the community and other levels of government to ensure all young people who live, work, play and/or study in Brisbane are engaged, empowered, included and celebrated.

The Centre for Volunteering (

The Centre is able to put organisations in touch with individual or groups of young people who are very keen to get involved and contribute to their community in a volunteer capacity.  Some will be doing so as part of a school/university community involvement program which means that key insurance requirements are possibly covered by the educational facility.  Research shows that young volunteers can benefit an organisation in numerous ways, including:

  • Develop a base of future supporters
  • Increase awareness about sector issues and the organisation
  • Develop a giving mentality/philanthropy
  • Build inter-generational connections
  • Youth volunteers are pro-active and have a positive attitude
  • Bring new talents/fresh ideas to the organisation
  • Connect you with new communication technologies

Queensland Government Statements

  • Next round of road safety grants open – Friday, January 31, 2014

  • Help for wayward youngsters – Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • Newman Government delivers Action Plan – Tuesday, December 31, 2013

  • Road safety grants support practical projects – Tuesday, November 05, 2013

  • Queensland Week sponsorships spread celebrations state-wide – Thursday, October 31, 2013

YWAM Youth Teams (

YWAM is an international movement that has over 50 years experience in more than 150 countries worldwide. YWAM is a Christian charity that offers global opportunities for volunteers from diverse backgrounds to serve, care, build, and connect with individuals and communities. YWAM is decentralised in structure and financially autonomous. This allows each centre to adapt and to serve the specific needs of the community.  YWAM Townsville has operated for over 20 years with an aim to build capacity in young people and to develop the community through four focus areas: Training, Medical Ships, Youth Teams, and Operations. YWAM values individuals’ rights to quality of life.  The shared motivation is to provide people with:

  • Access to good health care
  • Food, drinking water, and shelter
  • Opportunity for education
  • Expression of culture, arts, and entertainment
  • Healthy relationships
  • Exposure to Christian faith and values
  • Fair and productive government
  • Opportunity to work and develop


Australian Youth Against Cancer (

Australian Youth Against Cancer is a group of passionate and dynamic individuals brought together to change the fate of young adults with cancer (18-35).  It was established as a not-for-profit organisation in January 2010 with a shared vision for a better world for young adults with cancer and is a fully registered charity with DGR status.  Australian Youth Against Cancer was founded by Chris Boyd following his own personal experience with a rare form of head and neck cancer in 2009. Throughout his short time receiving treatment at Sydney’s RPA hospital, Chris observed the distinct lack of support available for young adult cancer sufferers and set about to create an organisation which created awareness and practical solutions to this problem.


AYAC’s connection with youth is an important aspect of the charity. Cancer is not a disease that just affects older Australians. The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare article Young Australians: Their Health & Wellbeing 2007 reported that between 1993 and 2002, the annual cancer incidence rate increased by 10 per cent in the 12-24 year old category.  AYAC has since grown into an exciting and dynamic fundraising engine for lifesaving national cancer treatment and research projects. In 2010/11 AYAC has been proud to support the remarkable work being undertaken in pursuit of the vision of the late Professor Chris O’Brien – The Chris O’Brien Lifehouse at RPA.   Lifehouse will be a world-class comprehensive cancer centre, bringing together treatment, research, education and support in one incredible new facility.


Youth Advocacy Centre (

YAC can assist young people with legal hassles including being charged with breaking the law or child protection issues, problems at home or school, lack of accommodation and/or income, being the victim of a crime, discrimination issues and general hassles.  All services offered are VOLUNTARY AND CONFIDENTIAL. This means that YAC only works with a young person if they want to work with YAC staff and no contact is made with anyone (e.g. families, teachers, police, other adults) without the young person’s permission. YAC also tries to link young people up with other services in the community that can assist them.

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