Central Queensland Indigenous Development

Next Step Plus

Helping young Indigenous people develop the ability to live independently.

This service is available in:

  • Rockhampton
  • Bundaberg
  • Gladstone
  • Emerald

A Step in the Right Direction

Next Step Plus is a free service available for young people between the ages of 15 and 25 who are leaving, or have left care. Next Step Plus can help you achieve your goals, build your life skills so you can be the best person you want to be.

If your between 15-18 years old and in care, Next Step Plus can support you with your transition from care planning. If you’re between 18-25 years and have had a care experience at any time after your 12th birthday, Next Step Plus can support you.


Know someone who needs help after care?

If you know someone who’s left care and who you think could do with some extra support, complete the Self referral form and one of our Next Step Plus Care workers will get in contact with you.

Self referral

You can self-refer by:

CQID referral form


Help is voluntary

Next Step Plus services are voluntary, hassle-free and designed to engage with you as you move towards a more independent life. How involved Next Step Plus gets in helping out is totally up to you.



How do Next Step Plus services help?

Next Step Plus services help young people who are leaving, or have left care, with quick access to practical advice and support with things like:

  • accessing accommodation support services
  • reconnecting with family, friends, community and building relationships
  • education, resumes, training and jobs
  • health and social and emotional well-being appointments
  • counselling
  • helping to organise other things like Identification, Medicare, Birth Certificate, Drivers License etc.


Meet our Next Step Plus team

Blake Laybutt

Blake Laybutt | CQID

My Mob

Wakka Wakka

What I do

Next Step Plus Team Leader

Daniel Yasso

Daniel Yasso | CQID

My Mob

I am a Aboriginal (Iman) and South Sea Islander (Vanuatu) man

What I do

General Manager of Social Services

Darlene Roberts

Darlene Roberts | CQID

My Mob

Iman and Kalkadoon

What I do


Sharon Holmes

Sharon Holmes | CQID

My Mob

Yirandali | Central West Queensland

What I do

Senior Case Manager

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