The Youth Advocacy Centre Inc is YAC’s registered name. YAC is an incorporated association under Queensland’s Associations Incorporation Act 1981 with responsibilities under the Act. It also has a constitution, or set of rules, which are legally binding, for the running of the organisation (contact us for a copy of the Constitution).
YAC’s Management Committee has overall responsibility for the organisation and is elected annually. Details of the Committee are at the end of this page.
YAC’s Vision, Mission Statement, Philosophy and Aims and Objectives are set out below.
“We are all committed and determined to continue performing our own particular duties as well as possible, to help those young people who have suffered trauma or been left behind and forgotten.”
-Katherine Hayes, CEO
Our Annual Reports tell the ‘story’ of YAC’s work with young people: what we do and why we do it (contact us if you would like earlier reports or copies of YAC’s Annual Financial Reports)
- Unconditional adherence to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child
- Confidential, professional and honest engagement with young people
- Respectful engagement with stakeholders and others for the benefit of young people
- Holistic responses to address the interconnected and interdependent issues in young people’s lives
- Advocacy for young people collectively as well as individually
- Collective responsibility as a staff for working as a team and upholding and delivering on YAC’s mission and philosophy
Young people achieve their full potential through the community accepting collective responsibility for their importance, empowerment, rights, well-being and humanity.
To increase young people’s access to legal and social justice by speaking out with and for young people.
Our strategic intent
- To be strong advocates with and for individual young people in need and/or in conflict with legal and other systems across the greater Brisbane area.
- To be a strong voice, informed by research and evidence and the experiences of our clients, to influence and achieve better outcomes for children and young people in Queensland collectively.
To be considered a significant contributor to discussion and decisions about legal and social welfare systems and processes which have, or potentially have, an impact on children and young people at a local and state level.
- To have the model of the Youth Advocacy Centre acknowledged and supported as an effective and appropriate response to disadvantaged and vulnerable young people, particularly for those with legal as well as social welfare issues.
- To develop the current model/services, in particular to have at least two staff per program and an education/training support program, and identify innovative ways to deliver services to ensure the model is contemporary
In order to achieve the above, the following are required:
- Security of funding – preferably a mix of government and non-government, tied and untied
- Well qualified and supported staff
- Contemporary policies and procedures for all aspects of the organisation
- Strong and effective governance
- Own premises (desirable)
|Beth Toon||Deputy Chairperson|
|Claire Marchesi||Committee Member|
|Tarryn McMullen||Committee Member|
|Ashleigh Larkin||Committee Member|
|Terry Hutchinson||Committee Member|
|Elizabeth Howard||Staff Representative|
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Street address: Level 4, 16 Peel Street, South Brisbane Q 4101
Mailing address: Level 4, 16 Peel Street, South Brisbane Q 4101
Tel: (07) 3356 1002
Bussiness hours: 9am - 5pm, Mon - Fri
If you need urgent assistance outside of these hours:
- Youth Legal Advice Hotline 1800 527 527 (Mon to Thurs 8am - 9pm, Friday 8am to Sunday 5pm)
- Kids Helpline 1800 551 800 (24/7, 365 days per year)
- Lifeline 13 11 14 (24/7, 365 days per year)
- Homelessness Hotline 1800 474 753 (24/7, 365 days per year)
- If you are over 18, and seeking access to Mental Health Services in Queensland, Acute Care Team on 1300 MHCALL (1300 64 2255).