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Lake Macquarie Youth Network of Practice

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Please join us for our upcoming Network of Practice meeting where we will delve into the topic of Housing in the Youth Sector. 

I'm excited to announce that Nicole Grgas and Helen Smith from Hunter Tenants Advice and Advocacy Service will be leading us in a practical workshop around Youth Tenancy & Rentals. Their aim is to equip workers with valuable information on renting and provide essential guidance when advising young people about tenancy and rental issues.

For many young individuals, securing suitable rental properties can seem like an overwhelming challenge. Limited financial resources, absence of rental history, and intense competition in the housing market create some of the many significant hurdles on the journey to finding a place to call home.

During our meeting, we'll explore the various obstacles that young people face in the rental landscape. Hunter Tenants Advice and Advocacy Service aims to arm you with the knowledge and tools necessary to effectively support and advise our young people. By delving into rental laws, discussing strategies for finding accommodation, and offering guidance on navigating potential pitfalls, we hope to empower all sector members to become invaluable allies for young renters in need.

Please see a full outline of the workshop below:

  • Relevant legislation – general intro to residential Tenancies Act, Boarding house Act, NCAT Act that underscore tenants’ rights.
  • Types of renting situations, - Tenant, co tenant, sub tenant boarders and what it means to the tenancy.
  • Practicalities about finding a place, housing assistance etc.
  • Moving in, costs when moving in, tenancy agreement, maximum amounts a landlord can charge, condition reports, understanding additional terms.
  • Rights and responsibilities of both the tenant and the landlord.
  • What to do when things go wrong, reclaiming the bond, getting advice, NCAT application, Social Housing Policy, and HAC.
  • Termination and data bases explained.
  • Where to find helpful resources.
  • Answers to any questions on your tenancy issues.


  • Discussion around housing concerns facing young people in Lake Macquarie.
  • Workshop with Hunter Tenants Advice and Advocacy Service Part One.
  • Break for coffee truck, morning tea and networking.
  • Workshop with Hunter Tenants Advice and Advocacy Service Part Two.

Location: 1/6 Leo Lewis Close Toronto NSW

Note: A light morning tea will be provided.

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The Lake Macquarie Youth Network of Practice has been established to facilitate the coordination and delivery of professional learning and skills development opportunities aimed at empowering community organizations within the Lake Macquarie youth sector.

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