Our Children. Our Future.

Forewords

Neighbourhood Watch Australasia and the Police Citizen’s Youth Club Victoria would like to thank the following Commissioners for contributing forewords in our Streetsmart Handbooks.

 

Adulthood means different things to all of us.
We all face new freedoms and new responsibilities as we get older. As you approach the end of your school years you have an opportunity to set your own path and make choices on what direction you want to take your life.
While school may be coming to an end, I can assure you that learning does not, regardless of whether you go on to further education and training or into the workforce. Through your future employment, your relationships and your experiences, life has a way of continually teaching us.
Transitioning from school and into either further study or starting your working life means there is much for you to consider and this can sometimes feel overwhelming, but there is plenty of information and support available to you should you need it.
This Street Smart Handbook is a great starting point for you, with information on maintaining a healthy body and mind as well as advice on looking after your safety.
It is important to remember that no one has all the answers, mistakes are a part of life and it is OK to seek advice and support when you need it.
This handbook contains a lot of information to answer some of your questions and also point you towards sources of additional support.
My very best wishes to you.

Colin Pettit

Commissioner for Children and Young People

 

The transition to adulthood is a big step in our lives. It is the beginning of new adventures, opportunities

and choices. This time also brings about new challenges, but you’ve got this.

You aren’t going to know everything when leaving school and moving into adulthood – and that’s okay! We learn on the go and have family, friends and support services to help us along the way for the surprises we didn’t quite expect.
You are entering that moment where your own decisions will create your own pathway, of course you will have those around you to check back in but ultimately your decisions moving forward will be made by you to shape and influence the future you want to create – what an exciting time.
As times change, so do the challenges that face young people when moving into adulthood. This is where the Streetsmart Handbook will come in handy as your ‘essential guide to adulthood’.
From moving out of home to getting behind the wheel and understanding loans and credit cards, this Handbook has been developed with your well-being in mind – to help you understand significant milestones in adulthood and support you in achieving your goals.
It is essential that we are all supported to be happy and healthy and, with this Handbook, you will be well placed to take on your next opportunities whatever they may be.
I wish you all the best as you take your steps into adulthood. Remember to be inquisitive and enjoy the journey.

Cheryl Vardon

Principal Commissioner and Chief Executive
Queensland Family and Child Commission

 

Whether you are moving out of home, looking for your first job or embarking on further study, this is probably both an exciting and scary time in your life. The more information and support you can get to help set you up for the future, the less you will have to worry about the small stuff.
Many young people have spoken to me about the difficulties they have getting their first job, choosing a career or getting their drivers licence. It’s good to have the knowledge to know what to do if you do get into trouble or just need the right information on where to go for help. This book has practical advice and excellent information on the effects of drug and alcohol use, sexual health, mental health and bullying.
Becoming an adult is not all about responsibilities and serious matters. You will have more freedom, new friends, and opportunities and might decide to travel. I hope this book will help answer some of your questions and give you the basics on living independently and also help you enjoy your independence and freedom with confidence and enthusiasm.

Helen Connolly

Commissioner for Children and Young People (SA)

 

Moving into adulthood is an exciting time. It is filled with new opportunities, adventures and freedoms, waiting to be explored and discovered. But it can be a scary time too. Suddenly you are faced with a whole new range of decisions and responsibilities that you have never had to deal with before.

Some of the best lessons I’ve learnt in my life have come from making mistakes and learning from my experiences. But there have also been times where I’ve been grateful to get some really helpful advice that has stopped me from making mistakes in the first place.

The Streetsmart Handbook is a collection of all the snippets of information and advice you need when you’re entering the adult world, in a single compact book.

Whether you are moving out of home, trying to get a driver’s license, deciding on a career or wanting some health and wellbeing tips; this book has got it covered. It will give you practical tools to negotiate with a dodgy landlord, help you avoid creeps on the internet, buy your first car and set a sensible budget. It will also save you a lot of Googling.

I hope this handbook helps you face the good, bad and boring parts of adulthood with confidence and calm. Getting the basics right will help free up more time and energy on what is most important: enjoying and making the most of this exciting time.

Liana Buchanan

Principal Commissioner for Children and Young People

 

The “What’s next?” question is likely to be on many minds when arriving at adulthood, whether it is off to Uni or further education, taking up employment or a trade, or just some time to focus on you, it is a time with lots of unknowns and many possibilities.
Lots of you will have been waiting on adulthood to arrive for many, many years – the excitement of gaining some independence, learning to drive, finishing school and the freedom of finally turning 18. These milestones are all things to celebrate and enjoy, however the transition into adulthood can also be a confusing one, with some tricky things to navigate.
The Streetsmart Handbook is a compact guidebook which gives you helpful advice on things like further education, moving out, getting behind the wheel and looking after your physical and emotional health. It is NT specific too which is great for us in the North. It’s a great place to start when you need a helping hand.
Steve Jobs (the founder of Apple) once said “You can’t connect the dots looking forward, you can only connect them looking backward” so although you may be unsure as to what your future looks like or what path you may take, it will all come together in the end and all those little dots along the way lead you to where you need to be.
Enjoy the read and remember to embrace all the opportunities and enjoyment that lies ahead.

Colleen Gwynne

Children’s Commissioner

 

 

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Dear Reader,

We hope this book assists you through the sometimes complex issues which will confront your life. In your dealings you may have with Police and other emergency services personnel please remember that they are people with lives and they are trying to assist you. Police will go in harm’s way to protect you. That is why Auspol was formed to help them.

Thank you for your support.

The Board of Trustees
Auspol – Police Welfare Foundation

For all enquiries regarding the NSW Streetsmart handbook, please call 03 9937 0200.
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Dear Reader,

Our goal at Neighbourhood Watch Australasia (NHWA) is to assist Australian neighbourhoods become safer, connected and inclusive communities through the establishment of crime prevention initiatives.

The purpose of the Streetsmart Handbook is to support teenagers and their parents by providing personal safety information as a preventative approach to crime and personal risk.

The Streetsmart Handbook is produced in conjunction with Countrywide Austral and addresses personal safety and crime related issues relating to cyber bullying, depression, community social behaviour, drugs, alcohol and more. The handbook also lists key organisations and helpline numbers for teenagers and families who need extra support and assistance.

If you would like to consider volunteering with Neighbourhood Watch, please contact us at admin@nhwa.com.au

Thank you for your support and happy reading.

From your friends at
Neighbourhood Watch Australasia
www.nhwa.com.au
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Dear Reader,

We hope this book assists you through the sometimes complex issues which will confront your life. In your dealings you may have with Police and other emergency services personnel please remember that they are people with lives and they are trying to assist you. Police will go in harm’s way to protect you. That is why Auspol was formed to help them.

Thank you for your support.

The Board of Trustees
Auspol – Police Welfare Foundation

For all enquiries regarding the QLD Streetsmart handbook, please call 03 9937 0200.
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Dear Reader,

We hope this book assists you through the sometimes complex issues which will confront your life. In your dealings you may have with Police and other emergency services personnel please remember that they are people with lives and they are trying to assist you. Police will go in harm’s way to protect you. That is why Auspol was formed to help them.

Thank you for your support.

The Board of Trustees
Auspol – Police Welfare Foundation

For all enquiries regarding the SA Streetsmart handbook, please call 03 9937 0200.
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Dear Reader,

We hope this book assists you through the sometimes complex issues which will confront your life. In your dealings you may have with Police and other emergency services personnel please remember that they are people with lives and they are trying to assist you. Police will go in harm’s way to protect you. That is why Auspol was formed to help them.

Thank you for your support.

The Board of Trustees
Auspol – Police Welfare Foundation

For all enquiries regarding the TAS Streetsmart handbook, please call 03 9937 0200.
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To whom it may concern

Countrywide Austral and PCYC Victoria have built a strong relationship delivering the Streetsmart Handbook to young people all over Victoria.

The handbook has been running for 15 years now and we are very proud to be associated with such a fantastic product.

PCYC also receives valuable funding, raised from the advertising dollar, which is vital to our ongoing success.

This partnership is essential as we work together to support the youth of today.

Victoria Police and Citizens Youth Club Inc.

For all enquiries regarding the VIC Streetsmart handbook, please call 03 9937 0200
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Dear Reader,

We hope this book assists you through the sometimes complex issues which will confront your life. In your dealings you may have with Police and other emergency services personnel please remember that they are people with lives and they are trying to assist you. Police will go in harm’s way to protect you. That is why Auspol was formed to help them.

Thank you for your support.

The Board of Trustees
Auspol – Police Welfare Foundation

For all enquiries regarding the WA Streetsmart handbook, please call 03 9937 0200
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Dear Reader,

We hope this book assists you through the sometimes complex issues which will confront your life. In your dealings you may have with Police and other emergency services personnel please remember that they are people with lives and they are trying to assist you. Police will go in harm’s way to protect you. That is why Auspol was formed to help them.

Thank you for your support.

The Board of Trustees
Auspol – Police Welfare Foundation

For all enquiries regarding the NSW Streetsmart handbook, please call 03 9937 0200.
Dear Reader,

Here at Neighbourhood Watch Australasia we make it our business to help create safe, connected and inclusive communities and our partnership with the Streetsmart Handbooks will assist teenagers with issues such as cyber bullying, depression, social behaviour in the community, dangers of drugs/alcohol and much more. It will also engage our brand and goals where people feel empowered, informed and engaged with one another and with local police.

The Streetsmart Handbook will not only benefit teenagers but will also give their families guidance towards various places, organisations and contacts whenever they need assistance.

Your support is appreciated.

Happy Reading
Neighbourhood Watch Australasia
www.nhwa.com.au
Dear Reader,

We hope this book assists you through the sometimes complex issues which will confront your life. In your dealings you may have with Police and other emergency services personnel please remember that they are people with lives and they are trying to assist you. Police will go in harm’s way to protect you. That is why Auspol was formed to help them.

Thank you for your support.

The Board of Trustees
Auspol – Police Welfare Foundation

For all enquiries regarding the NT Streetsmart handbook, please call 03 9937 0200.
Dear Reader,

Here at Neighbourhood Watch Australasia we make it our business to help create safe, connected and inclusive communities and our partnership with the Streetsmart Handbooks will assist teenagers with issues such as cyber bullying, depression, social behaviour in the community, dangers of drugs/alcohol and much more. It will also engage our brand and goals where people feel empowered, informed and engaged with one another and with local police.

The Streetsmart Handbook will not only benefit teenagers but will also give their families guidance towards various places, organisations and contacts whenever they need assistance.

Your support is appreciated.

Happy Reading
Neighbourhood Watch Australasia
www.nhwa.com.au
Dear Reader,

We hope this book assists you through the sometimes complex issues which will confront your life. In your dealings you may have with Police and other emergency services personnel please remember that they are people with lives and they are trying to assist you. Police will go in harm’s way to protect you. That is why Auspol was formed to help them.

Thank you for your support.

The Board of Trustees
Auspol – Police Welfare Foundation

For all enquiries regarding the QLD Streetsmart handbook, please call 03 9937 0200.
Dear Reader,

Here at Neighbourhood Watch Australasia we make it our business to help create safe, connected and inclusive communities and our partnership with the Streetsmart Handbooks will assist teenagers with issues such as cyber bullying, depression, social behaviour in the community, dangers of drugs/alcohol and much more. It will also engage our brand and goals where people feel empowered, informed and engaged with one another and with local police.

The Streetsmart Handbook will not only benefit teenagers but will also give their families guidance towards various places, organisations and contacts whenever they need assistance.

Your support is appreciated.

Happy Reading
Neighbourhood Watch Australasia
www.nhwa.com.au
Dear Reader,

We hope this book assists you through the sometimes complex issues which will confront your life. In your dealings you may have with Police and other emergency services personnel please remember that they are people with lives and they are trying to assist you. Police will go in harm’s way to protect you. That is why Auspol was formed to help them.

Thank you for your support.

The Board of Trustees
Auspol – Police Welfare Foundation

For all enquiries regarding the SA Streetsmart handbook, please call 03 9937 0200.
Dear Reader,

Here at Neighbourhood Watch Australasia we make it our business to help create safe, connected and inclusive communities and our partnership with the Streetsmart Handbooks will assist teenagers with issues such as cyber bullying, depression, social behaviour in the community, dangers of drugs/alcohol and much more. It will also engage our brand and goals where people feel empowered, informed and engaged with one another and with local police.

The Streetsmart Handbook will not only benefit teenagers but will also give their families guidance towards various places, organisations and contacts whenever they need assistance.

Your support is appreciated.

Happy Reading
Neighbourhood Watch Australasia
www.nhwa.com.au
Dear Reader,

We hope this book assists you through the sometimes complex issues which will confront your life. In your dealings you may have with Police and other emergency services personnel please remember that they are people with lives and they are trying to assist you. Police will go in harm’s way to protect you. That is why Auspol was formed to help them.

Thank you for your support.

The Board of Trustees
Auspol – Police Welfare Foundation

For all enquiries regarding the TAS Streetsmart handbook, please call 03 9937 0200.
Dear Reader,

Here at Neighbourhood Watch Australasia we make it our business to help create safe, connected and inclusive communities and our partnership with the Streetsmart Handbooks will assist teenagers with issues such as cyber bullying, depression, social behaviour in the community, dangers of drugs/alcohol and much more. It will also engage our brand and goals where people feel empowered, informed and engaged with one another and with local police.

The Streetsmart Handbook will not only benefit teenagers but will also give their families guidance towards various places, organisations and contacts whenever they need assistance.

Your support is appreciated.

Happy Reading
Neighbourhood Watch Australasia
www.nhwa.com.au
Dear Reader,

We hope this book assists you through the sometimes complex issues which will confront your life. In your dealings you may have with Police and other emergency services personnel please remember that they are people with lives and they are trying to assist you. Police will go in harm’s way to protect you. That is why Auspol was formed to help them.

Thank you for your support.

The Board of Trustees
Auspol – Police Welfare Foundation

For all enquiries regarding the WA Streetsmart handbook, please call 03 9937 0200.
Dear Reader,

Here at Neighbourhood Watch Australasia we make it our business to help create safe, connected and inclusive communities and our partnership with the Streetsmart Handbooks will assist teenagers with issues such as cyber bullying, depression, social behaviour in the community, dangers of drugs/alcohol and much more. It will also engage our brand and goals where people feel empowered, informed and engaged with one another and with local police.

The Streetsmart Handbook will not only benefit teenagers but will also give their families guidance towards various places, organisations and contacts whenever they need assistance.

Your support is appreciated.

Happy Reading
Neighbourhood Watch Australasia
www.nhwa.com.au
Dear Reader,

Our goal at Neighbourhood Watch Australasia (NHWA) is to assist Australian neighbourhoods become safer, connected and inclusive communities through the establishment of crime prevention initiatives.

The purpose of the Streetsmart Handbook is to support teenagers and their parents by providing personal safety information as a preventative approach to crime and personal risk.

The Streetsmart Handbook is produced in conjunction with Countrywide Austral and addresses personal safety and crime related issues relating to cyber bullying, depression, community social behaviour, drugs, alcohol and more. The handbook also lists key organisations and helpline numbers for teenagers and families who need extra support and assistance.

If you would like to consider volunteering with Neighbourhood Watch, please contact us at admin@nhwa.com.au

Thank you for your support and happy reading.

From your friends at
Neighbourhood Watch Australasia
www.nhwa.com.au
Dear Reader,

Our goal at Neighbourhood Watch Australasia (NHWA) is to assist Australian neighbourhoods become safer, connected and inclusive communities through the establishment of crime prevention initiatives.

The purpose of the Streetsmart Handbook is to support teenagers and their parents by providing personal safety information as a preventative approach to crime and personal risk.

The Streetsmart Handbook is produced in conjunction with Countrywide Austral and addresses personal safety and crime related issues relating to cyber bullying, depression, community social behaviour, drugs, alcohol and more. The handbook also lists key organisations and helpline numbers for teenagers and families who need extra support and assistance.

If you would like to consider volunteering with Neighbourhood Watch, please contact us at admin@nhwa.com.au

Thank you for your support and happy reading.

From your friends at
Neighbourhood Watch Australasia
www.nhwa.com.au
Dear Reader,

Our goal at Neighbourhood Watch Australasia (NHWA) is to assist Australian neighbourhoods become safer, connected and inclusive communities through the establishment of crime prevention initiatives.

The purpose of the Streetsmart Handbook is to support teenagers and their parents by providing personal safety information as a preventative approach to crime and personal risk.

The Streetsmart Handbook is produced in conjunction with Countrywide Austral and addresses personal safety and crime related issues relating to cyber bullying, depression, community social behaviour, drugs, alcohol and more. The handbook also lists key organisations and helpline numbers for teenagers and families who need extra support and assistance.

If you would like to consider volunteering with Neighbourhood Watch, please contact us at admin@nhwa.com.au

Thank you for your support and happy reading.

From your friends at
Neighbourhood Watch Australasia
www.nhwa.com.au
Dear Reader,

Our goal at Neighbourhood Watch Australasia (NHWA) is to assist Australian neighbourhoods become safer, connected and inclusive communities through the establishment of crime prevention initiatives.

The purpose of the Streetsmart Handbook is to support teenagers and their parents by providing personal safety information as a preventative approach to crime and personal risk.

The Streetsmart Handbook is produced in conjunction with Countrywide Austral and addresses personal safety and crime related issues relating to cyber bullying, depression, community social behaviour, drugs, alcohol and more. The handbook also lists key organisations and helpline numbers for teenagers and families who need extra support and assistance.

If you would like to consider volunteering with Neighbourhood Watch, please contact us at admin@nhwa.com.au

Thank you for your support and happy reading.

From your friends at
Neighbourhood Watch Australasia
www.nhwa.com.au
Dear Reader,

Our goal at Neighbourhood Watch Australasia (NHWA) is to assist Australian neighbourhoods become safer, connected and inclusive communities through the establishment of crime prevention initiatives.

The purpose of the Streetsmart Handbook is to support teenagers and their parents by providing personal safety information as a preventative approach to crime and personal risk.

The Streetsmart Handbook is produced in conjunction with Countrywide Austral and addresses personal safety and crime related issues relating to cyber bullying, depression, community social behaviour, drugs, alcohol and more. The handbook also lists key organisations and helpline numbers for teenagers and families who need extra support and assistance.

If you would like to consider volunteering with Neighbourhood Watch, please contact us at admin@nhwa.com.au

Thank you for your support and happy reading.

From your friends at
Neighbourhood Watch Australasia
www.nhwa.com.au