Queensland Youth Strategy

Almost 1 in 5 Queenslanders is a young person aged 12—25 years and your opinions and views are critical not only to our future, but also to our present.

The Queensland Government is committed to actively engaging with young people to ensure your voices, ideas and experiences are reflected in the polices, programs and services that impact you.

The Queensland Youth Strategy (PDF, 2.8MB) (Queensland Youth Strategy (DOCX, 52KB)), released in 2017, sets the vision for young people to actively contribute to Queensland's economic, civic and cultural life.

With an overarching commitment to listen to the voices of young people, the strategy is shaped around four building blocks—supporting young people to:

  • have a voice and participate in government decision-making (giving young people a voice)
  • actively participate and contribute to Queensland’s future, irrespective of their circumstances, gender, ethnicity, age or religion (Building block 1—Supporting our most vulnerable young people)
  • secure safe, stable and affordable housing options (Building block 2—Housing)
  • build healthy, active, strong and resilient futures (Building block 3—Healthy futures)
  • gain the knowledge and skills needed to prepare for a future job market (Building block 4—Educating into employment).

Highlights report

The Queensland Youth Strategy 2020–21 highlights report (PDF, 993KB) provides a snapshot of the achievements across the Strategy’s four building blocks and demonstrates our commitment to listening to the views of young people during the 2020–2021 reporting period.

A new Queensland Youth Strategy

The world has changed a lot since the current Queensland Youth Strategy was released in 2017, so we’re developing a new strategy to ensure the present needs of young Queenslanders (aged 12–25) are met by a government that listens.

Consultation

Between 14 October and 25 November 2022, we undertook a statewide consultation to ensure the new strategy reflects the emerging issues and challenges facing young people.

Consultation focused on a number of challenges that young people identified through previous engagement and feedback activities, including:

  • climate change
  • mental health
  • housing
  • education and employment
  • living independently
  • opportunities to engage with government.

To help inform feedback, the Youth discussion paper (PDF, 2.5 MB) and General discussion paper (PDF, 2.4 MB) provided an overview of these priority areas in collaboration with young people from the Youth Strategy Engagement Group.

A range of in-person and online feedback options provided opportunities for young people, stakeholders and the community to share their feedback on:

  1. key issues and challenges facing young people
  2. what services, support and information young people need
  3. how government can better connect and engage with young people and sector stakeholders.

Feedback received during the consultation period will be considered and analysed to inform and prepare a new Queensland Youth Strategy.

Young people, stakeholders and the community will be kept informed about the release of the final strategy.

Youth Strategy Engagement Group

A Youth Strategy Engagement Group has been established to ensure the new strategy is informed by young people, for young people. The engagement group is made up of 20 young Queenslanders aged 13 to 25 from across the state, who have shared their valuable ideas and experiences to help shape the direction of the new strategy.

The Youth Strategy Engagement Group includes members from diverse backgrounds and with various lived experiences, representing:

  • regional and remote communities
  • First Nations communities
  • members of LGBTIQA+ communities
  • members of culturally and linguistically diverse communities
  • young people living with disability
  • young people with caring responsibilities
  • young people who have a lived experience of homelessness
  • young people who have a lived experience with the out-of-home care system
  • young people who have a lived experience with the youth justice system.

The Youth Strategy Engagement Group have informed the priority areas of the strategy’s consultation and are providing feedback on the draft of the new Queensland Youth Strategy.

Further information

For further information, please email youth@qld.gov.au.