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Transition to independence

Transition to independence is about planning for the time when you reach adulthood and are no longer in care.

When you’re around 15 years of age, your Child Safety Officer (CSO) will start talking to you about planning for your future, and for when your Child Protection Order ends.

On this page, find out about:

Case plans

As part of your case plan, you and your CSO will plan for your transition to independence and becoming an adult. This plan looks at your goals and dreams and how you and your CSO will achieve them.

How Child Safety can help

Depending on your transition to independence goals in your case plan, your CSO may help you with:

  • getting financial or study help
  • maintaining your bank accounts
  • payment for a course of study/apprenticeship/traineeship
  • getting a drivers licence
  • developing life skills and attending courses such as life skills workshops, cooking or budgeting
  • living independently or in semi-supported accommodation
  • accessing counselling and support services
  • transport to visit/reconnect with your family.

Child Health Passport

Your Child Health Passport is the folder with information in it about your health and medical history. The passport is kept by your carer, but you are entitled to keep it once you turn 18 years of age. To get your passport, talk to your CSO or carer.

Find out more.

Transition to Independent Living Allowance (TILA)

TILA is a payment of up to $1500 to assist people of 15-25 years of age to make the transition to independent living. Check if you’re eligible for the payment.

For more information on getting the TILA payment, talk to your CSO or TILA on 1300 761 961.

Next Step After Care

Next Step After Care is a service for young people aged 15 to 21 years old who have already transitioned from care, to get the help they need to live independently.

Access to help includes things like:

  • managing money and entitlements
  • finding accommodation
  • training, jobs and preparing a resume
  • keeping safe, strong and healthy
  • relationships, including family and friends
  • legal advice.

You can access Next Step After Care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, by calling or texting 1800NextStep (1800 639 878), emailing, or visiting the Next Step After Care website.

Watch the video to find out more.

You can also call in and visit one of the following Next Step After Care regional service providers.

Next Step After Care regional service providers

Life Without Barriers
Level 1/96 George Street, Beenleigh Qld 4207, phone (07) 3442 6600

Life Without Barriers
34 Douglas Street, Milton Qld 4064, phone (07) 3633 1500

Youth Empowered Toward Independence (YETI)
3 Winkworth Street, Bungalow Cairns Qld 4870, phone (07) 4051 4927

Life Without Barriers
4/21 Brisbane Street, Ipswich Qld 4305, phone (07) 3432 7800

Life Without Barriers
Corner Grendon and Palmer Streets, Mackay Qld 4740, phone (07) 4965 4800

Life Without Barriers
Phone (07) 4121 5861

North Coast
Integrated Family and Youth Services (IFYS)
Phone (07) 5438 3000

South Burnett
South Burnett CTC (CTC – Youth Services)
Somerset Street, Kingaroy Qld 4610 (located at the Youth Park, next to the skate park), phone (07) 4162 7788

Life Without Barriers
194-198 Alma Street, Rockhampton City Qld 4701, phone (07) 4921 1475

Life Without Barriers
298 Ruthven Street, Toowoomba Qld 4350, phone (07) 4616 3100

Life Without Barriers
Suite 1/3 Ramsay Street, Garbutt East Qld 4814, phone (07) 4755 7400

Sortli - a mobile app to help with transition

Sortli (short for ‘sort out your life’) is a free mobile app for young people to help you think about your future life and plan your transition to independence.

It’s a fun, informative and easy-to-navigate app that can be installed on your Apple, Android or Microsoft mobile device. It can be accessed anywhere at any time.

Sortli has been developed by young people who have already left the care system and are living independently, and professionals who work with young people in care.

Sortli is your pocket companion to services and support. It provides a step-by-step guide for all the important areas of your life, such as finding a place to live, looking after your health, managing your budget, finding a job, or doing some training and general life skills.

It works by helping you to set your own personal goals and milestones, keep track of your progress and celebrate your successes. The information you enter into the app is stored on your mobile device only and is not provided back to the developers, the government or anyone else.

Sortli covers sensitive topics and is not suitable for young people under 15 years of age.

Watch the video to find out more.

More information


Sortli is a free mobile app for young people to help them think about their life after leaving the care system and plan their transition to independence.

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You are encouraged to talk with your Child Safety Officer, carer or another trusted adult about planning your transition to independence. If you need assistance please:

  • talk to your CSO or carer
  • phone Child Safety Services on 1800 811 810 or (07) 3224 8045
  • contact or visit your nearest Child Safety Service Centre.

The CREATE Foundation is a national organisation that represents young people in out-of-home care. You can contact them on 1800 655 105 or visit the CREATE Foundation website for support and information.

Watch young people talk about their transition to independence

Learning to be independent can be fun…but can be really tough too. Watch a series of videos where Matt, Marley and Jason share their experiences about transitioning to independence. They may just have some helpful advice for you too!

Family contact

Find out how to reconnect with your family when you leave care.

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Last updated:
20 June 2017
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