The Department of Housing and Young People

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					 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
                                                                                       Community Renewal is a partnership                  The Department of Housing is an

                            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
                                                                                       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
                                                                                                                                           school students, typically Years 11 and
                                                                                       or email
                                                                                                                                           12, to work in the department for one
                                                                                                                                           day per week as paid employees while
                                                                                                                                           studying for their Senior Certificate.
                                                                                                                                           For more information, visit
                                                                                                                                           or phone 1300 369 935.

                                                                                                                                           Graduate Development
                                                                                                                                           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                                                      
                           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
                                                                                                               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 or
                           under ‘T’ in the White Pages telephone directory.                                                                                 Improving people’s
                                                                                                                                                             lives through housing
                                                                                                                                                             and community renewal.

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