Growing up in Queensland

Have your say as part of our Growing up in Queensland project.

We want to hear from children and young people, aged 4-18 years. 

This is your chance to share your thoughts, views and opinions about your community, your hopes and dreams and the big issues for you.

What you tell us will help make a difference for you and future generations.

How can you get involved?

If you are 13-18 years old complete the online survey. This is a must do to have your say.

Ever wanted to be on the news? Everyone aged 7-18 years can become a citizen journalist to share your opinions. 

We know our youngest citizens have big opinions, so unleash your inner artist and show us what's good about your community now or how you want it to look in the future. 

Register with eHub and get involved with our weekly discussion topic.

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What are we asking you about?

We want to hear your views, opinions and experiences about:

  • The place you call home – how you experience life in your community; your opinions about safety, support and the physical places where you spend your time
  • Your hopes and dreams – your career goals and the things which might help or stop you achieving them; and
  • The big picture – what you think government and decision makers should focus on and how you want your community to look now and in the future.

What will your ideas be used for?

What you tell us will be included in reports the QFCC sends to decision makers to make sure they understand your needs and views.

We've been told by children and young people that there are lots of decisions being made about your lives and most of the time you don't have a say. This is your chance to get your opinions out there.

We will use the information in presentations and online so the wider community can hear your voice and ideas. It will also be used to develop a wellbeing strategy for Queensland children and young people.

The Commissioners will write back to you through schools, libraries, youth groups and your parents/carers so they can let you know what children and young people said about what it’s like growing up in Queensland.

Information will be shared on the QFCC's website and the Growing up in Queensland Facebook page.

Online survey

All young people aged 13-18 years can complete the online survey.

Teachers - this is an activity that could be completed in class time. Download our Lesson Plan for Growing Up in Queensland (PDF, 149KB) to let your students have their say.

Art Activity

This activity is especially designed for children who are 4-6 years of age and for any child or young person aged 4-18 years who has special needs.

Teachers and parents can help create a drawing, painting or collage, or help take a photograph to show us:

  • What is good about your life now in your home town or suburb or
  • What you want your life to be like when you grow up

You need to also write a couple of sentences to go with your creation to explain it.

To do this activity, adults will need to download:

All art submissions with a completed consent form must be received by 22 July 2018.

Please post them to:
Growing up in Queensland
Queensland Family and Child Commission
PO Box 15217
Brisbane City East QLD 4002

Citizen Journalists

All children and young people aged 7-18 years can create their own news report.

There are three topics to choose from – Home, Hopes and Dreams or The Big Picture. Select the one that interests you the most and create your own news story answering the questions provided for your topic. You can submit a video or audio recording or write a news report. All instructions are provided.

To do this activity:

Teachers will need to download:

If you are doing this on your own you will need the Citizen Journalists - participant information 7-18 years old (PDF, 643KB)which includes parent and participant consent forms.

You must submit your news report online by midnight 22 July 2018. Please submit your reports here.

More information

Email the Growing up in Queensland project team who can help with any questions.

11 July 2018