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Young People

Early life experiences shape much of our later lives. There are many services in Tasmania that aim to ensure children and young people have positive experiences as they grow up.

State government services

Youth Network of Tasmania

 

Aims to improve the Tasmanian community's response to youth issues by involving young people and service providers in identifying and responding to youth issues; developing coordinated mechanisms across the youth sector; and providing advice to government and other agencies on youth issues.

Linkzone

A free Government service that helps link young people to services and activities in their local area including sport, entertainment and recreation;  environmental and social issues; managing money; studying, training, jobs and careers; health and relationships; legal rights; housing and accommodation; transport and travel; community networks; and aboriginal services.

Tasmania Online

The Community and Local Government tabs on this website contain information on a wide variety of services, events and youth activities throughout Tasmania with direct links.

Health and Wellbeing

The Link Youth Health Service

A free, confidential service for Tasmanian youth dealing with issues such as drug use, pregnancy, sex, infections and diseases, housing, diet and nutrition and just about anything else.

Youth Beyondblue

Provides assistance for young people experiencing depression and anxiety.

Family Planning Tasmania

Provides sexual and reproductive health services through bulk-billing clinics around Tasmania. It also provides school education programs, training, and health promotion activities.

Burnie Youth Alcohol and Drugs Service

Provides Counselling, General Support and Advocacy; Illicit Drug Diversion Program (IDDI); Health promotion, Education and Resources; Innovative Health Services for Homeless Youth program (IHSHY) Assessment; and an Outreach service to the North West Coast. Free and confidential.

Drug Education Network: North

Provides a wide range of services to assist individuals, families and communities to reduce the harm caused by substance abuse. There is no cost for treatment or counselling.

Youth Arts and Recreation Centre

The Youth Arts & Recreation Centre is a creative, exciting, safe and engaging space for all young people aged 12 – 25. It's a great place to meet up with friends, get involved in art, music or recreation workshops, use facilities, check out an art exhibition or see a music gig.

Youth Arts & Recreation Centre

44 Collins Street
HOBART  

Phone 6231 5150

Youth Health Policy Officer

The Youth Health Policy Officer works at a strategic and systems level to improve health outcomes for young people in Tasmania, particularly those vulnerable or at risk of not making a successful transition to adulthood.

The Youth Health Policy Officer is employed by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

Community support services for young people

Relationships Australia (Tasmania)

Provides relationship support services, including counselling and education services, to support Tasmanians to achieve positive and respectful relationships. Most services are free; however, a fee applies to counselling, family dispute resolution, mediation, education, and children’s contact services.

Anglicare Tasmania

Provides information about health, relationships, home and finances. Also provides support and counselling.

Centacare

Provides services to support families with adoption; family violence; parenting; rental and homelessness; stress; and separation.

Integrated Family Support Services

Provides practical parenting assistance and strategies, casework, and case management services for vulnerable families and works in partnership with a co-located community-based Child Protection worker if there are serious concerns about a child’s safety.

Youth and Family Focus

Providing Integrated Family Support Service; Accommodation Service and Focus on Transitional Outreach; Community Focus Youth Alcohol and Other Drug Service; Illicit Drug Diversion Initiative; and Focus on Primary Schools Partnership Program & Respectful Relationships

Cornerstone Youth Services

Provides policies and services for young people in Northern Tasmania. Encompasses programs in the areas of youth health; mental health; drug and alcohol support; social recovery programs; and re-engagement in learning, training and/or employment.

Reconnect Newly Arrived Youth Support Service (NAYSS) - Colony 47

Reconnect is a free, early intervention, outreach service for young people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

Reconnect works with young people aged 12-18 years and newly arrived (in Australia less than 5 years) young people aged 12-21 years through its integrated Newly Arrived Youth Support Service (NAYSS).

Reconnect aims to assist young people to stabilise their accommodation and to develop the kind of relationships they want with their family, other significant others, education, employment and the community. Reconnect can help with counselling, casework, mediation and referral to other services. Reconnect also provides support for families and carers.

Reconnect Newly Arrived Youth Support Service (NAYSS) - Colony 47
432 Elizabeth Street
North Hobart   TAS  7000

Phone: 6214 1481 
Email: reconnect@colony47.com.au

Youth Program - Migrant Resource Centre (Southern Tasmania)

The Migrant Resource Centre (Southern Tasmania) Youth Settlement Program supports young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds aged between 15 and 25 years during their first 5 years of settlement.

The Program provides case management, youth advocacy, referrals, school outreach, education and language support, recreation opportunities and group information sessions.

Youth Support Services

The program offers regular support through its weekly youth drop-in service every Wednesday from 3-5:30pm at the MRC.  Youth Drop-in offers:

  • Study support
  • English tutoring
  • Help with job search and resume building
  • Assistance getting your driving  license
  • Form support; navigating Centrelink, Service Tasmania and other Government agencies
  • Links with sport and recreation opportunities.

Through case management youth workers can help with issues including:

  • Relationships with family and friends;
  • School, college or university issues;
  • Mental health and wellbeing support; and
  • Social participation

The Youth Program also runs weekly men’s and women’s swimming and wellbeing groups, check out the MRC website or Facebook for more details.

MYAN TAS is an informal network of services working to promote the needs and issues of young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds in Tasmania. The Migrant Resource Centre (Southern Tasmania) Inc., through its multicultural youth specialist program, is the host agency for the Multicultural Youth Advocacy Network of Tasmania (MYAN TAS).

Other useful services

Advocacy Tasmania Inc

Provides free advocacy services across Tasmania. Advocacy Tasmania Inc (ATI) works to promote and protect the rights and interests of clients, providing a free, statewide, independent and confidential 'Your Say' advocacy service.

Companion Card

Entitles eligible people with a lifelong disability to a free ticket for their companion carer at participating venues and events.

Office of eSafety

The Office of eSafety is committed to helping young people have safe, positive experiences online and encouraging behavioural change, where a generation of Australian children act responsibly online—just as they would offline.

The Office of eSafety provide online safety education for Australian children and young people, a complaints service for young Australians who experience serious cyberbullying, and address illegal online content through the Online Content Scheme.

The Office of eSafety’s goal is to empower all Australians to explore the online world—safely.

Phone 1800 880 176