About Us

At Colony 47 we believe in young people. We want to work alongside young people to find solutions, build hope and help create a community that invests in and listens to young Tasmanians.

We have 50 years’ experience in supporting young people with employment, education, housing and relationships.

Everything our team does daily points to our purpose of ending youth homelessness in Tasmania. Each program we have out in the community, aims to prevent or assist young Tasmanians at risk of, or experiencing homelessness.

We work with children as young as 5, up to age 25, on important issues such as communication, engaging in education, connecting with family and ending violence in the home. We also help with rental subsidies and connection with other supports needed to live independently.

Our Purpose

Supporting young people to achieve their goals in life.

Our Vision

A thriving, connected, inclusive and diverse community where every young Tasmanian has the opportunity to live a good life.

Where we began

Our story begins in 1973 with an idea by our founder, Jim.

And while the landscape may have changed, some of the same wicked problems remain for young people today.

The experience of those working at Colony 47 is that people prevail over disadvantage. That is how Colony 47 was born and while we have evolved a great deal in the time since these ideas continue to guide and inspire us.

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How we can help


Everything leads back to stable housing. You can’t focus on school without a roof over your head. You can’t engage in work without a consistent address, and you can’t reach your goals without help sometimes.

We aim to provide solutions for safe, fit for purpose and affordable housing and support networks. We collaborate with various services and housing providers to assist people in accessing social and affordable housing. We work to achieve tangible, positive change by working with young people and those at risk of homelessness.

Our services range from anywhere from early intervention stage to crisis support.

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Other Youth Services

We also work on solutions to help create transformative, positive and impactful change for young people, their friends, family and the community.

To meet the needs of young people, we work and advocate at a state and national level to provide services that help young people access:

  • housing and education,
  • vocational and life skills,
  • employment,
  • and assistance building meaningful family relationships.

Our services range from anywhere from early intervention stage to more intensive outreach services.

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Innovative Solutions

And, it doesn’t stop there. We love thinking outside the square!

We know that young Tasmanian’s are struggling more than ever to have a home. Rental availability and rental affordability are the major drivers of youth housing crisis and homelessness.

The option to move into a cheap share house with friends while working casually and studying is gone… because affordable options are no longer available.

We’ve started to pilot a rental subsidy program in Tasmania that helps pay the rent for 18–25-year old’s who are ready for independent living while earning. 

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How we think

Our Values

People First

We see the potential in everyone and invest in them to achieve their goals.

Learning and Growing

We learn from our mistakes and challenge ourselves to include, listen, learn and create a better way.


We are kind, compassionate and open in the way we engage with ourselves and others.

Grounded and Real

We stay grounded by listening and understanding the stories of people’s journeys in life.

Leading and Creating Legacy

We take the opportunity to lead and resolve social issues to create our legacy.

Happy, Healthy and Having Fun

We are happy, healthy and have fun in celebrating people’s success.