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

As a community legal centre, YAC’s legal services are funded through the National Partnership on Legal Assistance Services, whereby the Commonwealth Government and State/Territory governments jointly fund legal services.

Youth Support and Family Support Services

The Youth Homelessness and Support Service is funded under the Homelessness funding program through the State Department of Housing and Public Works to June 2023.

The Family Support Service is  funded by the State Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women  through the Family Support program to June 2023.

The Bail and Order Support Service (BOSS) is funded by the State Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women through the Youth Justice Services to June 2021.

The Director’s position is funded by the State Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women through the Youth Justice Services to June 2021.

The Youth Court Assistance Program (YCAP) is supported by the funding for the Youth Homelessness and Support Service in Brisbane, Caboolture and Pine Rivers (to June 2023) and through Youth Justice Services in Redcliffe, Southport, Richlands, Ipswich and Cairns (to 2021).


The grants applied for and received during financial years is reported in our annual reports. We thank those awarding the grants for valuing the work which YAC does by providing these additional monies for particular projects or resources.

We are very grateful for Brisbane City Council’s ongoing support of the Youth Advocacy Centre.

With their support, we have recently completed a project assisting adults of African background in relation to understanding Queenslands Criminal Justice System with a particular focus on young people who are in conflict with, or at risk of conflict with, the police and the Youth Justice System.  YAC developed and delivered two culturally appropriate workshops in community settings to inform adults about Queensland’s Youth Justice System and their and their children’s rights and responsibilities when dealing with police, the Childrens Court and general legal rights, for example rights enshrined in UNCROC.

Brisbane City Council has also generously funded a project between the Youth Advocacy Centre and Open Doors to work together to prepare a practice guide for supporting LGBTIQAP+ Sistergirl and Brotherboy identifying young people accessing youth housing and homelessness services in Brisbane. As part of this project, we recently delivered an Inclusive Practice workshop to youth housing and homeless workers, which will help inform the practice guide and increase workers capability.  


YAC greatly appreciates the support of the women cyclists with Chain Reaction for their significant donations in 2017 and 2018. We also receive ongoing support from the Presentation Sisters of the Blessed Virgin Mary who, in addition to providing regular funds, gave additional monies which enabled us to provide Christmas hampers to 23 of our clients and their families in 2018. We note with sadness the passing of their Leader, Sister Marlette Black in late 2018.

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 since 2016, the value of which cannot be overestimated.

Herbert Smith Freehills

We have been fortunate that for several years now Herbert Smith Freehills, Brisbane, have undertaken the task of transcription for us pro bono. Having our transcripts typed and printed with a quick turnaround is valuable to our solicitors. 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.