Our Children. Our Future.

Forewords

Neighbourhood Watch Australasia and the Police Citizen’s Youth Club of Victoria would like to thank the organisations and representatives below for providing a foreword for our handbooks.

As the Australian Federal Police Assistant Commissioner responsible for the Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation, it’s my job to highlight to you the importance of protecting yourself and where to get help if something goes wrong both in the online and real world. I recommend to you the Streetsmart Handbook which does just that. It contains answers to your many questions about being part of a safe, healthy and connected community. It will point you in the right direction of how to access government and other services that can provide advice and support and empower you through your teenage years into adulthood.

As you choose your own path – keep this book nearby so you are informed with all the important tools you will need at your fingertips. The decisions you make now will impact you for the rest of your life. We all make mistakes – it’s how we recover from those mistakes that’s important. The Streetsmart Handbook will help you make fewer mistakes and guide you through how you recover from the mistakes you do make.

Issues like cyberbullying, image-based abuse, or sextortion can happen to people of all age groups, and it can happen to you. The Streetsmart Handbook can help with what to do if this happens to you. We know technology and the internet are an important part of our everyday lives. Whether you are using technology as part of your studies or on a social basis, being digitally Streetsmart means you will know what to do to stay safe online.

This Streetsmart Handbook has been developed to guide you over the coming years and contains information to answer some of your questions and to point you toward sources of additional support as you seek to maintain a healthy mind, body and relationships.
Good luck! I wish you all the very best.

Lesa Gale
FP Assistant Commissioner Northern Command
Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation

 

Embarking on the transition to adulthood is an exciting time, filled with new opportunities and new challenges. It can also be daunting, as you find yourself navigating your own path and making choices on how you want your future to look.

While at times all these choices can feel overwhelming, it’s important to enjoy the journey and the new freedoms and opportunities that this next chapter can bring. New jobs, new relationships, new experiences are all on the horizon in the years ahead.

The Street Smart Handbook is handy resource full of great information on a range of topics to help navigate this next chapter. From managing your money and moving out of home to looking after your physical and mental health, the Handbook is a great starting point for answering your questions and providing practical advice.
Becoming an adult doesn’t mean that you are expected to suddenly have all the answers. It’s important to know that support is available to help you stay happy, healthy and safe as you move forward. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and seek guidance when you need it. This handbook is a great resource to help support you on your journey.

I wish you all the best as you move into this exciting next stage in your life and encourage you to keep learning and growing.

Jacqueline McGowan-Jones
Commissioner for Children and Young People

 

Completing school is an incredibly exciting time. The prospects of starting a new job, learning new skills, meeting new people, or maybe even leaving home are becoming more and more real each and every day.
On behalf of all Queenslanders, let me say—we are proud of you.

It’s time to carve your own path and make your own decisions—what an empowering experience!
As you navigate this life change, it’s important to monitor how you are feeling, notice what’s changing both within you and around you, and check in on yourself—and your mates—to make sure you are enjoying the journey as much as you can.

With this greater independence may come a lot of questions, some of which you don’t yet know you have. This Streetsmart handbook is an excellent practical guide to help you prepare for life after the final school bell. It’s full of advice, whether that’s about managing your money, accessing a health service for the first time, or figuring out what comes next. Having the right information and support from the beginning will set you on your way towards achieving all you hope to.

As one of more than 50,000 students graduating high school, remember you are never alone. Reach out to your support networks to share your challenges and explore your choices. You should always feel able to connect with someone else on a similar path to share your experiences.
The last two years have shown us that young Queenslanders are a resilient crew. You have managed so many challenges thrown your way, and I know with the right support, you can master any more that may come.

I wish you every success on the next phase of your journey.

Luke Twyford
Principal Commissioner 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

Growing up is a learning experience. As we move from infancy to childhood, to our teenage years and then into adulthood, we soak up information and advice – and learn to apply it as best we can.

Members of UNOPAA have experienced other cultures in their home environment, often in times of crisis and conflict. Peacekeeping, capacity building and crisis management in a foreign land isn’t easy, but can be extremely rewarding. Nothing quite prepares you for it, and you need to call upon all of your skills to cope. Integrity, a sense of justice and fair play, flexibility and a willingness to help are essential elements – as they are for all policing.

Australia is an island but it isn’t isolated. The challenges faced by our youth are similar to those overseas, and the tendency to travel when young makes it even more so. We do, however, have a number of advantages – our living standards, for example – and we shouldn’t lose sight of them as we grow.

The Streetsmart Handbook provides advice on a whole range of relevant topics and links to sources of help. It’s a great reference manual and should assist all our youth as they move through their journey of life and ultimately take their place as citizens of Australia and, increasingly, in the world at large.

Peter McDonald APM
Retired Chief Superintendent, Victoria Police
National Secretary
The United Nations & Overseas Policing Association of Australia (UNOPAA)
www.unopaa.org

 

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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
PGlmcmFtZSBzcmM9Imh0dHBzOi8vd3d3LmN3YXVzdHJhbC5jb20uYXUvZW1hZy9zYW1wbGVzL3dhLXN0cmVldHNtYXJ0LyIgc2Nyb2xsaW5nPSJubyIgZnJhbWVib3JkZXI9Im5vIiBoZWlnaHQ9Ijc0OCIgd2lkdGg9IjEzNDYiPg0KPC9pZnJhbWU+
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