Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women

Youth Justice is working to improve community safety and reduce reoffending by young people who have been involved with the youth justice system.

Community Partnership funding

Youth Justice funds a range of place based services across Queensland working to address young people’s offending behaviour

  • Cairns – Youth Empowerment Towards Independence (YETI)
  • Doomadgee – Save the Children
  • Mornington Island – Save the Children
  • Mount Isa – North West Queensland Indigenous Catholic Social Services (NWQICSS)
  • Atherton – Mission Australia
  • Palm Island – Ferdy’s Youth Haven
  • Cherbourg – Mercy Community Services.
  • North Coast to Brisbane to Gold Coast – Youth Advocacy Centre
  • Ipswich – Inala – Goodna – Goodna/Ipswich community Combined Action Association
  • South West Queensland (Chinchilla/Warwick/Dalby) – Lifeline Darling Downs and South West Queensland

Townsville Community Youth Response

Queensland Government has implemented a range of services in Townsville as part of the Community Youth Response.

The After Hours Diversionary Service – The Lighthouse

This service is delivered by the Townsville Aboriginal and Islander Health Service (TAIHS). The aim of this service is the provision of a late night drop-in service that is an inviting and safe space for young people at risk of offending to access after-hours.

YINDA Mentoring Program

This service is auspiced by Queensland Youth Services and provides on-country experiences, intensive mentoring support and immersion in cultural activities


This service is a joint education initiative between the Townsville Flexible Learning Centre and the Townville Youth Justice Service Centre. The program targets young people subject to youth justice orders and focuses on young people with high and very high support needs, who are exiting detention, have low literacy skills and who could not maintain alternative educational programs in the community. Youth Justice funds a teacher at the program.

Specialist Counselling Services

Youth Justice provides funding to two services in Queensland that provide assessment and treatment services to young people charged with sex offences.

  • Mater Family Youth Counselling Service – funded to 30 June 2018
  • Griffith Youth Forensic Service – funded to 30 June 2018

Supervised Community Accommodation

Youth Justice also funds four Supervised Community Accommodation services – two in Townsville and two in South East Queensland. More information about this response is available here.

Future Funding Opportunities

Any future funding opportunities will be advertised on the Funding Available page and released on QTenders.

Supervised Community Accommodation

Supervised Community Accommodation was established across the state during 2017/18.

Often, children are in detention on remand because they have no supported, secure and stable accommodation while on bail. These services provide children involved in the youth justice system with a safe place to stay and a chance to change their lives.

Supervised Community Accommodation services offer eligible children the opportunity to receive the support they need to attend school or vocational education and complete rehabilitation programs.

The children staying at the services are under 24/7 supervision and are required to abide by strict conditions such as curfews and bail conditions.

These facilities provide the courts with another bail alternative, where children can participate in pro-social activities that help them building a better future away from their pasts.

Read more about Supervised Community Accommodation:

Supervised Community Accommodation locations



Maximum capacity

Townsville (Existing facility for young people)

December 2017

4 Co-gendered 

Townsville (Existing facility for young people)

January 2018

4 Co-gendered

Carbrook (Semi rural property)

March 2018

4 Boys

Logan Reserve (Semi rural property)

April 2018

4 Girls

More information

Further information on the reforms is available by:



Youth Justice