Growing Up in Queensland 2020


A message from Cheryl Vardon, Principal Commissioner of the Queensland Family and Child Commission


Welcome to Growing Up in Queensland 2020. This is your opportunity to step up, speak out and make your voice heard. Every two years, the Queensland Family and Child Commission asks children and young people across our state about what it’s like to grow up in Queensland. We want to know about what’s important to you, what your communities are like, and what your hopes and dreams are.

This year we have already experienced some ups and downs. Stopping the spread of coronavirus has meant that schools, social clubs and activities have been put on hold. Normally we come out and visit your schools and youth groups to hear from you directly, but this year we haven’t been able to.

The government has been working hard to stop the spread of the coronavirus. It’s important that we all help by staying home, washing our hands and do the Vampire Cough into our elbow when we cough or sneeze. This will help to keep everybody safe.

There are lots of people looking out for you. If you are worried, please talk to your parents, an adult or a friend or contact one of the groups below who are here to support.

Kids Helpline – 1800 551 800

Youth Beyondblue – 1300 224 636

Headspace – 1800 650 890

In times of difficulty, the voices of children and young people can often be the least heard. That’s why it’s important that we hear from you about your experiences of being a young Queenslander in 2020.

By completing our survey, filling in a postcard or doing our art activity, you will be helping us to understand what young Queenslanders need and what they want adults to do differently. Just like in 2018 when we released the This Place I Call Home: The views of children and young people on growing up in Queensland (PDF, 12.76MB) report, we will be sharing what we hear from you so that others can learn. 

Thank you for being part of Growing Up in Queensland and I look forward to reading your experiences.

Kind regards

Cheryl Vardon

Principal Commissioner

Queensland Family & Child Commission