Policy and Submissions

Yfoundations develops evidence-based policy positions and submissions, and makes representations to Parliament, parliamentary inquiries and departmental reviews. These have included the: 

In preparing our submissions, we consult with with leaders in the youth homelessness sector, specialist homelessness services (SHS) workers, and young people with a lived experience of homelessness.

We also work with other organisations and peak bodies to produce joint statements and submissions relevant to child and youth homelessness, and important initiatives relating to children, young people and their communities, e.g. the Uluru Statement from the Heart.



Our youth justice research report, Young, in trouble and with nowhere to go: Homeless adolescents’ pathways into and out of detention in NSW expands on our earlier research to explore the pathways homeless adolescents, both sentenced and unsentenced, take into and out of detention in NSW. Our report is informed by consultations with over 144 stakeholders across support services about the challenges faced by young people experiencing homelessness when they encounter the youth justice system.

Our research shows young people face several challenges when leaving detention, which often results in a perpetuating cycle of disadvantage. The report offers six key recommendations to break this cycle.

Find out more about the report, read the Executive Summary and our Q&A, and check out our podcast. 

Youth Justice Report


Off the back of our Regional Youth Homelessness Forums held during Homelessness Week in 2022 in conjunction with Mission Australia and Social Futures, we produced a report that encapsulates the discussions and frames the recommendations from the forums across four themes: 

  • Regional housing crisis
  • Service system gaps
  • Domestic, family and sexual violence
  • Couch surfing.

The report shines a spotlight on regional youth homelessness issues and the concerns of regional youth homelessness services workers who attended the forums in Ballina in the Northern Rivers area, and Wagga Wagga and Dubbo in the Riverina and Orana regions respectively.


Regional Youth Homelessness Forum Consultation Report


Yfoundations also participates in research reference groups to provide expertise and input on the particular experiences and needs of children and young people experiencing or at risk of homelessness. One example is the Shelter NSW Severe Overcrowding Research Project for which we provided input on severe overcrowding among young people, particularly students.

Our ‘Research Bites’ summarise key research reports of interest to the sector. These include:

Visit our Resources hub to access and download our policy papers, submissions, research, articles, factsheets, research bites and other output.