The Department of Housing The Department of Housing has a range of services to assist young people who want or need to live independently. The housing assistance available aims to help young people ﬁnd secure and affordable housing and includes information and advice on bond loans, rental grants and rental housing. The department may also help young people access affordable rental properties through community organisations or local governments. Young people are encouraged to apply for housing assistance through the department. The department will assess your circumstances to determine eligibility for the various services available. department services Rental Housing Bond Loans Young people on low to moderate incomes People who wish to move into or remain in may apply for rental housing through the private rental market, but cannot afford to the Department of Housing ofﬁces. The pay a full rental bond, can be assisted by the department has rental properties in many Department of Housing through an interest- areas of Queensland allowing applicants free loan for the bond on a property, up to to nominate their preferred suburb or a maximum value of four weeks rent. This town from a large range of locations. service is usually only available to people Allocation of homes is dependent on aged 18 or older, however, the department household circumstances and the may provide a bond loan to a person under availability of properties. the age of 18 if they can demonstrate they are not adequately housed, or cannot remain in their present accommodation. Youth Shelters The Department of Housing also works in partnership with not-for-proﬁt organisations Rental Grants and local governments to provide community- The Department of Housing can also based solutions to local housing needs. assist eligible people exiting crisis Through these partnerships, the department accommodation, correctional institutions is able to offer a range of crisis and or escaping domestic violence who wish to transitional accommodation such as youth move into private rental accommodation, shelters to assist young people in need as by providing a once-only grant of two they move towards independent living. weeks rent. The rental grant does not have to be repaid. Rental grants can be provided to people under 18 years of age in circumstances as detailed under bond loans. For more information on the department’s services, contact your local Department of Housing ofﬁce under ‘H’ in the White Pages telephone directory or visit www.housing.qld.gov.au Community Renewal is a partnership The Department of Housing is an employment community renewal involving young people in community life involving the Queensland Government, equal opportunity employer and local and non-government agencies, welcomes applications from young businesses and residents to make people for a broad range of career life better for people in selected and development opportunities. Queensland communities. Job vacancies From youth arts projects and ﬂexible Job vacancies within the Department learning options to skate parks of Housing and information on and support for young parents, the how to apply can be found on the program brings communities and Queensland Government Jobs Online governments together to ﬁnd new website www.jobs.govnet.qld.gov.au solutions to local needs. Community Renewal encourages Queensland Government young people to participate in traineeship scheme community life and government Traineeships are available through all decision-making processes. areas of the Department of Housing. The department also offers school To get involved, visit based traineeships that allow high www.communityrenewal.qld.gov.au school students, typically Years 11 and or email 12, to work in the department for one firstname.lastname@example.org day per week as paid employees while studying for their Senior Certiﬁcate. For more information, visit www.trainandemploy.qld.gov.au or phone 1300 369 935. Graduate Development Program The Department of Housing’s Graduate Development Program offers recent university graduates Residential Tenancies Authority other available services a two-year temporary engagement Free information about your rights and which provides them with responsibilities when renting in Queensland opportunities to increase their is available through the Residential Tenancies knowledge and skills across a range Authority (RTA). of areas. Indigenous graduates are strongly encouraged to apply. The RTA deals with general tenancies (renting houses and units), moveable dwelling tenancies For more information, visit (renting caravans or mobile homes and/or caravan www.housing.qld.gov.au/about/jobs/ sites) and residential services (renting a room in a index.htm boarding house, supported accommodation, aged rental accommodation or student accommodation). Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment Programs For more information, contact the Residential As an employer of choice for Tenancies Authority on 1300 366 311 or visit Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander www.rta.qld.gov.au people, the department is committed to providing pathways from education Tenant Advice and Advocacy Service (Qld) to employment to build an Indigenous Information, advocacy and advice relating to a workforce that is representative of tenant’s or resident’s rights and responsibilities is the community it serves. The various available through the Tenant Advice and Advocacy programs available encourage Service (Qld). In particular, the Service helps students to complete their education people who are experiencing difﬁculties with their and progress to higher education tenancies or residential services. The Service can and/or employment. also provide information and referrals to people in housing need. For more information, contact the Department of Housing on 3405 6686. There are 25 Tenant Advice and Advocacy Services throughout Queensland. Contact details are available from www.housing.qld.gov.au or under ‘T’ in the White Pages telephone directory. Improving people’s lives through housing and community renewal.