Funding and Partnerships

YAC is mainly funded through government grants but seeks funding from a range of philanthropic and other sources. In today’s tight and competitive fiscal climate we are are always looking to identify opportunities for potential partnerships, including with the corporate sector, to support service to young people in need. We see great potential in partnering which enables those who are interested in assisting young people, but who are not sure how to best target their resources, with a focus for that support..

If you, your business or employer would be interested in partnering or supporting YAC in some way – please contact the Director, Janet Wight on 3356 1002 or


Legal and Community Legal Education Services

YAC’s legal services are funded through the Community Legal Services Program (CLSP) which is administered on behalf of the Australian and State Governments by Legal Aid Queensland. Funding for the program is provided from the following sources:

  • Commonwealth Government (Attorney-General’s Department)
  • Queensland Government (Department of Justice and Attorney-General)
  • Legal Practitioners Interest on Trust Account Fund.

Youth Support and Family Support Services

The Youth Support Service is funded under the Homelessness funding program administered by the State Department of Housing and Public Works through to June 2018.

The Family Support Service is  funded by the State Department of Communities  through the Family Support program through to June 2018.

The Youth Bail Accommodation Service (YBASS) is funded under the Bail Support Program, Youth Justice Services, State Department of Justice and Attorney-General through to December 2017 when it is likely this successful program will cease.

The Director is funded through Youth Justice Services, State Department of Justice and Attorney-General with monies originally from the Office for Youth. This funding will cease at the end of December 2017.

Rent support

The State Department of Housing and Public Works has supported YAC with a grant for the rental on its office premises at Wilston for a number of years. This funding was reduced for the financial year 2014-15 and will end at the end of September 2015.

Red tape reduction

As a means of reducing the compliance burden, at the instigation of YAC, on the renewal of the Family Support, YBASS and Director’s grants in June this year the Department of Justice and Attorney-General arranged to have one service agreement for the YBASS and Director funding, with schedules for each specific area. It also negotiated with the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services for its Family Support Program money to be delivered through this agreement via an additional schedule.

However, the siloed approach in government and, as a result, in the funding it delivers, does not well support holistic service delivery and responses to the needs of the young people who seek YAC’s assistance. It would be more efficient and effective if YAC as an agency could be funded through one agreement and one funding source to deliver the range of services which young people need.


YAC  benefited from grants from the following in 2015-16:

  • Lord Mayor’s Charitable Trust
  • Ian Potter Foundation
  • Mary McKillop Foundation
  • Milton Corporation Foundation
  • Queensland CLE Collaboration Fund
  • Transurban Small Community Grants


YAC receives donations from a number of  private individuals, including some monthly donors and is very appreciative of their ongoing support.



YAC has been very fortunate to receive pro bono and reduced cost IT support services from 6YS. This has saved YAC significant costs, both at the time of moving premises last year but also on an ongoing basis in providing our IT support. 

Herbert Smith Freehills

Opened in 1990, Herbert smith Freehills Brisbane office has 19 partners and over 150 fee earners. They advise across all areas of corporate, employment, real estate, finance, construction, head office advisory, resources, energy, environment & planning, intellectual property, investment funds, projects & infrastructure, restructure, turnaround and insolvency and dispute resolution.

When police interview people, the interviews are recorded. A copy of the “Record of Interview” is provided to the person on a CD. The solicitors need to know what their clients have said to the Police and, for ease of reference, that is best done when the interviews have been transcribed into written form. It can be a difficult and time consuming process to type up these interviews. The quality of the recording is often not great and people do not always speak very clearly. We have a busy Administration Office and it is often a challenge to find the appropriate amount of time to be able to undertake this exercise.

We have been fortunate that for several years now that Herbert Smith Freehills, Brisbane, have undertaken the task of transcription for as pro bono. Jenna Boehm has been looking after us for about two years, organising within her office for the transcripts to be typed and printed with a quick turnaround. The value of this support by Herbert Smith Freehills to YAC and its clients cannot be underestimated and is truly appreciated.

YAC thanks all its funding bodies and partners for their ongoing support in the delivery of services for the young people we work with.