About the Queensland Youth Strategy

A young person living in Queensland today should be able to look to the future with excitement and see limitless possibilities. Being young is about exploring opportunities that come with increased independence and having the benefit of choice.

The Queensland Youth Strategy creates opportunities for young people to participate in decision-making that will affect their lives now and in the future.

Central to the strategy’s success is our ongoing commitment to continuous engagement with young people. As part of this commitment, we will ensure young people have a voice in developing relevant government policies, programs and services. This will enable young people to help shape Queensland’s future, and also encourage innovation and community ownership of these policies and services.

Building blocks

More than 1,200 young Queenslanders shared their views and ideas.

From this, 4 building blocks have been identified:

  1. Supporting our most vulnerable young people
  2. Housing
  3. Healthy futures
  4. Educating into employment.

What you told us

Quote: Make sure people from regional and rural communities have full access to traineeships and apprenticeships without having to leave their towns - Toowoomba forum participant, March 2016
Quote: There are not enough housing services to help young people - Deception Bay forum participant, March 2016
It would be good to provide sports equipment that people with a physical disability can use - like basketball hoops with adjustable heights - Beenleigh forum participant, March 2016

You can find more quotes from young Queenslanders throughout the strategy document.

Ways to have your say

  • eHub
    Engage online with projects and actions under the Queensland Youth Strategy on eHub. You'll find a range of tools including forums, surveys, ideas walls, events, polls and social media feeds.
  • Queensland Youth Engagement Panel
    The Queensland Youth Engagement Panel will bring together a group of young Queenslanders to represent their peers and networks to share ideas and insights with the government.
  • Queensland Youth Engagement Charter
    The charter will be developed with input from the Queensland Youth Engagement Panel and other young people. The charter will include principles that will underpin all engagement by government agencies with young people.
  • Queensland democracy in action: Youth Parliament
    For more than 2 decades young Queenslanders have participated in education programs about Queensland’s parliamentary processes and worked with Members of Parliament to develop and debate youth Bills in mock parliamentary processes. Given young people’s interest in influencing government decision-making, and in learning about Queensland’s democratic parliamentary processes, the Minister for Youth is now encouraging all Ministers to consider the issues raised in the Bills introduced in the youth parliament.

What we've done so far