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.

The Community Legal Centre program has been under review at both the state and federal levels. The State Government entered into a triennial funding arrangement for the financial years 2014-15 to 2016-17.  The Australian Government has recently provided funding for 2015-16 and 2016-17. At this point, there will be a significant reduction in Commonwealth funding from 2017-18.

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. This funding will be re-negotiated in September 2015.

The Family Support Service is  funded by the State Department of Communities  through the Family Support program. This funding has been renewed for three years: 2015-16 to 2017-18.

The Youth Bail Accommodation Service (YBASS) is funded under the Bail Support Program, Youth Justice Services, State Department of Justice and Attorney-General. This funding has been renewed for one year (2015-16) at this point.

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 has been renewed for one year (2015-16) at this point.

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.


In the financial year 2014-15, YAC has been successful in relation to the following:



CBP Lawyers

CBP Lawyers was founded over a century ago and today is a firm with 60 partners and over 350 staff with expertise in property and development law, building and construction, environment and planning, transport and logistics, litigation, insurance, commercial and corporate law, restructuring and insolvency and

CBP Lawyers has launched its community practice, the CBP Foundation, with initial seed funding of $500,000.  Its aim is to promote and protect the rights of women and children in Australia and abroad and will give priority to requests in this category. CBP has entered a partnership at a national level with Save the Children and in Queensland has signed up to an MOU with two community legal services, including YAC. Primary areas of mutual interest for  collaboration include:
  • Pro Bono Legal Services;
  • Volunteering;
  • Charitable Contributions; and
  • Awareness Raising.

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.

 Minter Ellison


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