The Handy Guide

The Handy Guide for Homeless Women in Brisbane (including Ipswich, Logan and the Redlands) is updated annually in print, with online updates through the year.

The homelessness service directory for Brisbane was started by The Lady Musgrave Trust in 2009 and is now is the most highly regarded directory of its kind for women in need in the Brisbane area.

The Handy Guide is used by women in need, governments, private and not-for-profit organisations right across the city.

The Handy Guide – Online

Thanks to funding from the Queensland Community Foundation and a project with the Small Steps 4 Hannah Foundation, an online version of The Handy Guide is now available. This online resource gives Queensland women access to up-to-date information and tools so they are able to better understand their relationship and housing situation; as well as search for community organisations and services that can support them. It combines the information available in the three hard copy Handy Guides, and will be regularly updated and added to.

Visit The Handy Guide website here.

The Handy Guide for Older Women is now also available on the new website as well as a section to assist women experiencing domestic and family violence. Find out more about that project here.

 

INFORMATION FOR SERVICE PROVIDERS

The information contained in the online Handy Guide has been developed in consultation and in partnership with large numbers of individuals and community organisations across Queensland. If you would like to contribute content to the Handy Guide please get in touch with us at office@ladymusgravetrust.org.au or if your service is not listed, please complete this form. The directory search data is provided and kept current by Infoxchange Service Seeker.

The Handy Guide – Print copies and downloads

The Handy Guide for Homeless Women has been developed to provide support services for women who are without shelter or at risk of becoming homeless. It provides details for vital services including:

  • Emergency phone numbers
  • Accommodation such as emergency accommodation, short and long-term accommodation units and housing services
  • Food and welfare such as food vans, kitchens, laundry, showers, and Centrelink
  • Support centres such as Drop-in Centres, Community Centres, and Assessment and Referral Services
  • Health services such as emergency choices, street doctors, and specialty services
  • Legal assistance for tenancy/housing problems, victims of crime, Centrelink and more
  • Community and specialist services for domestic violence support, family support and immigration support
  • Employment
  • Facilities such as public libraries, lockers, free transport and toilets

The 2021/22 Brisbane & Regional Handy Guides are available to order now. Due to COVID-19 restrictions please expect delivery delays. Free downloads are also available.

The Handy Guide for Brisbane

The latest version of The Guide is available online as an Interactive PDF, where it is updated every few months (see the version number printed on the cover and inside pages). Where possible all weblinks work, opening a new window to the service provider.

Single printed copies for women in need or multiple copies for service providers can be ordered here. Each year over 12,000 copies of this A5 hardcopy booklet are printed and distributed free for the recipient, thanks to the supporters of The Lady Musgrave Trust.

The Handy Guide for Regional QLD

The Guide for Regional Queensland covers:

  • Gold Coast
  • Sunshine Coast
  • Toowoomba & The Darling Downs
  • Cairns
  • Townsville
  • Ayr / Bowen / Whitsunday
  • Mackay
  • Rockhampton
  • Gladstone
  • Bundaberg
  • Fraser Coast (Hervey Bay / Maryborough)
  • Kingaroy
  • Maranoa & South West QLD
  • Mount Isa, Longreach & Central West
  • Cape York
  • Torres Strait

The latest version of The Guide for Regional Queensland is available online, where it is updated semi-annually (see the version number printed on the cover and inside pages). Where possible all weblinks work, opening a new window to the service provider.

Single copies for women in need or multiple copies for service providers can be ordered here. Each two years over 8,000 copies of this A5 hardcopy booklet are printed and distributed free for the recipient, thanks to the supporters of The Lady Musgrave Trust.