Planning your transition to adulthood

Transitioning to adulthood 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.

Case plans

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

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

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.

Transition to Independent Living Allowance (TILA)

TILA is a payment of up to $1500 to assist people of 15 to 25 years of age to make the transition from living in care. Check if you’re eligible for the payment. For more information on getting the TILA payment, talk to your CSO or email

Sortli app

Sortli(short for ‘sort out your life’) is the ultimate guide to becoming an adult.

It is a free mobile app to help you think about your future life and plan your transition to adulthood. It was designed in consultation with young people who have already left the care system and are living independently, and professionals who work with young people in care.

Sortli will help you find the information and services you need, when you need them. It’s fun informative and easy-to-navigate and can be installed on your Apple or Android mobile devices.

Note that, as Sortli covers some sensitive topics, it is not suitable for young people under 15 years of age.

Find out more and download the app.

Next Step Plus

Next Step Plus (previously called Next Step After Care) is a service for young people aged 15 to 25 years who have had care experience since their 12th birthday. Next Step Plus is there to provide you with information and support and help you to access 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 contact Next Step Plus from Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm by calling or visiting one of the following Next Step Plus regional service providers.

South East Region (Beaudesert, Beenleigh, Bayside, Logan and Browns Plains)


South East Region (Gold Coast)

Gold Coast Youth Services

Moreton Region (Brisbane, Caboolture and Sunshine Coast)

Life Without Barriers

Central Region (Mackay, Rockhampton, Bundaberg, Gladstone and Gympie)

Life Without Barriers

South West Region (Kingaroy and Cherbourg)

South Burnett CTC (CTC – Youth Services)

South West Region (Charleville, Roma and Dalby)

Goolburri Aboriginal Health Advancement Co Ltd

South West Region (Ipswich, Toowoomba and Springfield)

Life Without Barriers

Northern Queensland Region (Mt Isa, Gulf and Townsville)

Churches of Christ QLD

Northern Queensland Region (Cairns, Cape York and Torres Strait)

Youth Empowered Towards Independence (YETI)

More information