Youth Link provides, free, a variety of support services that are delivered in a safe, non-judgemental and youth friendly environment

What We Do

Youth Link delivers a number of programs and services to young people in Cairns and surrounding communities, including (Link all programs below):

Specialist Homelessness Services

  • Youth Link Housing and Information Program
  • Youth Link transitional Accommodation Program
  • Youth Link Mobile Service
  • Centre Based Access and Support
  • Young Parent & Youth Wellbeing Program
  • Specialist Homelessness Services
  • Next Step Aftercare Program
  • Emergency relief program
  • Youth Cre8 Kuranda Initiative
  • Blood Borne Virus & HEP C Testing & Prevention Program


The Goals of our Service are:

  • To provide services to relieve the youth of Cairns and nearby regions from poverty, sickness, suffering, distress and helplessness.
  • To promote the public good by providing a range of services to assist the youth of the community suffering from poverty, sickness, distress, misfortune or helplessness.
  • To relieve poverty in youth by providing basic living and budgetary skills to youth to assist in their transitions to independent living.
  • To relieve suffering and distress in youth by taking action to prevent the spread of sexually transmitted diseases, drugs and alcohol related problems through education of harm reduction strategies.
  • To relieve helplessness and homelessness in youth by provision of stable and low-cost medium to long term accommodation for disadvantaged youth to support their transition to independent living.
  • To assist youth to access both crisis and 'mainstream' accommodation.
  • To link youth with relevant 'mainstream' services that may assist youth in establishing themselves or maintaining quality living.
  • To administer Emergency Relief as per Emergency Relief Guidelines issued by the Department of Social Services.
  • To advocate on behalf of the young people in a variety of matters.
  • To establish information flows and relationships between individuals, specific interest groups, services, networks, all levels of Government and other peak bodies in relation to youth issues.
  • To provide ongoing training and skills development in the youth work sector for staff.
  • To encourage the participation of young people in the development and running of services affecting them.
  • To do all acts as are conductive to the furtherance of the above objectives.