Call 62 72 77 51 or 0418 134 221 
at any time of the day or night.

AK Young Women's Emergency Accommodation

AK is a 24 hour 7 days a week emergency, crisis accommodation service for young women between the ages of 13 and 20.

The service offers young women who may be experiencing family violence, homelessness, or are at risk of becoming homeless, with safe and secure, affordable accommodation.

You do not have to be on an income nor do you need a referral to access accommodation at AK.

How we can help

At AK we focus on engaging the young women with appropriate support to address their identified needs, prior to developing a direction for their transitional outcome.

We aim to support the reconnection with immediate family, build relationships with extended family members or where appropriate, we support transitioning into long term- sustainable Independent living arrangements.

This long term outcome is supported through our intensive Living Skills Development Program.

supporting you

The most important role of AK workers is to do everything possible to make AK a safe space and to work with young women to increase skills that lead to improved outcomes, decreasing the risk of ongoing homelessness.

We are able to provide support, information and referrals for many different needs such as:



Living Skills Development

Time Management Skills


Health Support

Drug and Alcohol Support                  

Legal +Safety                                                                                     

Employment + Education

Important contacts
in an emergency:

Emergency After Hours Accommodation -
Housing Connect 1800 800 588

Police for urgent assistance - 000

Lifeline - 131 114


At AK we like to engage everyone in fun activities.

Activities can include: Self Care nights (nail painting, foot spas, make up application). Art Nights – We regularly have an artist come to the shelter and assist young women with producing some really great work. Desert making – AK are fortunate enough to have volunteers come and assist the young women with making some really delicious deserts !!! Yoga – classes run by a professional Yoga Instructor COMET – University Law Students come along and chat with residents about the Law and your Legal Rights Games Nights – Includes board games, card games and Wii games.


AK provide short term transitional Accommodation (up to 6 weeks) within their newly built Units on the premises of AK Young Women’s Emergency Accommodation Service.

Whilst it is expected that the young women residing in the AK Units maintain independence, AK Staff are on site 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide support as needed.

Young Women who access the AK Units must meet and agree to the following responsibilities:

  • Be confident in managing own needs independently
  • Be on an Income
  • Make Fortnightly Rental payments through CPAY
  • Be working towards or participating in Study, Employment or Training.
  • Maintain all relevant Housing Support Appointments
  • Continue seeking Transitional/ Long Term Accommodation
  • Follow the Rules and Responsibilities of AK Units

Other support agencies:

+ Housing Connect, Hobart

1800 800 588

A central access point for all housing and housing-related support services for Tasmanian people on low incomes and for those in crisis. Housing Connect can assist in the following areas:
Social housing. Emergency housing
Private rental advice including bond and rent arrears
Assistance following family violence
Information and advice on housing options.

+ Mara House, Colony 47

(03) 6231 2782

Twenty-four-hour supported accommodation for girls and young women 13 to 18 years old who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, including those who are victims of domestic violence. Assistance to reconnect with family, education and the community and to return home or move into appropriate long-term accommodation is provided. Practical training in budgeting, cooking, cleaning and communication skills is also available.

+ Karinya Young Women's Service

6331 0774 * or *0407 557 410

Karinya provides short term crisis accommodation to young women aged 13 to 20 years; there is a worker on duty 24/7, and 365 days of the year.

+ Jireh House Association Inc.

24 hour Crisis Line 6232 3850
Administration (office hours) 6232 3800

Jireh House is a 24hr crisis accommodation and support service for women and women and children who have become homeless due to domestic violence and other life crises.

+ Hobart Women's Shelter

Phone: (03) 6273 8455

24 hour service that provides safe accommodation for women & children who are homeless or escaping domestic violence. Information, referrals and external accommodation is offered.

+ McCombe House - Salvation Army

Phone: 1800 005 576 (24 Hours)

McCombe House provides supported emergency accommodation for single women and women with children escaping domestic violence and homelessness. McCombe House is a 6 – 8 week safe and secure crisis accommodation for women and children from all cultures and backgrounds.

+ DHHS Child Protection Services

Phone: *1300 737 639 * (anytime for urgent notifications)

To make an urgent notification about abuse or neglect to Child Protection Services, please call 1300 737 639 at any time. Non-urgent notifications should be made between 8.30am and 5pm, Monday to Friday.

How can you support AK Young Women's Emergency Accommodation Service?

volunteering your time + skills

AK Young Women's Emergency Accommodation Service places a large emphasis on life skill development and therapeutic activities for all young women residing at our service. Such practices aim to assist young women with increasing knowledge, skills and experience whilst also developing personal growth and a sense of empowerment.
If you have experience in any of the following areas and are interested in volunteering your services we would love to hear from you. Please call Rebecca or Phoebe on 6272 77 51 or, or complete the application form (button below).

  • A background in working or volunteering with community groups, at-risk youth or homelessness.
  • Skills in cooking / baking
  • Skills in personal care and personal hygiene education
  • Art & craft activities
  • Health and fitness
  • Budgeting
  • Drug and alcohol facilitation – experience and qualifications required
  • Knowledge on how to gain employment for individuals entering the work force
A little something goes a long way.

Donating goods and services

AK young women's emergency accommodation service is a non-government organisation and we rely heavily on funding and donations from community services, schools, local businesses and the public to provide our clients with the necessary items for day to day living.
Such items include:

  • Clothing - the most necessary items being underwear, socks, PJ's and shoes
  • Toiletries
  • Household items for residents moving on to independent accommodation
  • Money for medical costs
  • Money for bus tickets to assist young women to get to and from School and appointments.
  • Activity supplies such as art and craft supplies, books, games
  • Educational materials

Christmas and Easter and other special holidays.

During these periods AK staff work had to acquire funds and goods to provide all young residents with gifts and treats to make the day as special as we can. If you are interested making a donation to AK there are a number of options for you or your business to contribute.

To learn more about the donation packages available please call Rebecca or Phoebe on 6272 77 51 or email