North West Youth Accommodation Service (NWYAS) has been responding to the needs of homeless and at risk young people since it was first established in 1985.
The organisation began in response to the local need which was brought to the attention of the community by Father Wally Dethlefs.

A group of local residents, including a bank manager, engineer, student, quantity surveyor and minister of religion, formed Enoggera Boarding Group in 1985. The organisation received its Certificate of Incorporation of an Association on the 17th January 1986 under the name North –West Boarding Inc. and changed its name to North West Youth Accommodation Service Inc. in 1999. NWYAS first received funding from the Queensland Government in 1997.

From these beginnings, where local community members provided somewhere to live for local young people who needed it, we are now a strong community organisation funded by the Department of Housing to provide support and accommodation to young people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

We are:

  • An Incorporated Association (Associations Incorporation Act 1981);
  • A Registered Provider under the Housing Act 2003;
  • An Approved Service Provider under the Community Services Act 2007;
  • A Deductible Gift Recipient;