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Youth peaks respond to McClure report

 Australia’s peak bodies for young people and the sector that supports them – the Australian Youth Affairs Coalition (AYAC), the Youth Affairs Council of Victoria (YACVic), Youth Action NSW, Youth Coalition of the ACT, Youth Affairs Network Queensland (YANQ), Youth Network of Tasmania (YNOT), Youth Affairs Council of Western Australia (YACWA) and the Youth Affairs Council of South Australia (YACSA) – have  raised joint concerns about the Final Report of the Reference Group on Welfare Reform to the Minister for Social Service (the McClure Report).

The youth peaks welcomed some of the report’s recommendations, such as a national Jobs Plan for people with disabilities and mental illness, and clearer financial information for people receiving income support. However, other aspects of the report were greeted with concern. See more

27 Feb 2015

ABS: More than half of Aussies aged 18-24 still live at home

It may come as no surprise to many parents that half of Australians aged 18-24 are still living at home, with most young people saying money is a factor. Here's a snapshot of the latest stats from the ABS. Australians in the next age group, 25-34 years old, are more likely to have left, but an estimated 17 per cent still have not left the nest.  See more

27 Feb 2015

Cyberbullying and why we need an e-safety commissioner

February 10th was Safer Internet Day. A day when we should remember kids like Sheniz Erkan. Sheniz was a 14-year-old Melbourne girl who was bullied on the internet. She took her own life in 2012.

Sheniz is not alone. About 25 per cent of child suicides each year are due to bullying. Bullying can take a number of forms, one of which is cyberbullying. Cyberbullying typically occurs via the use of social media networks. Research published by ACMA last year showed that 21 per cent of 14-15 year olds had been exposed to cyberbullying. In a 2013 global poll Australia was ranked as being the worst country in the world for bullying on social media network. The government is taking steps to address the alarming rate of cyberbullying being suffered by Australian children. The Enhancing Online Safety for Children Bill 2014 had its first reading in Parliament in December last year and a senate report on the bill is due in March. See more

27 Feb 2015

The Tasmanian Commissioner for Children’s “Have Your Say” Regional Advisory Groups – Closing Date Extended

Do you know someone under 18 that would be interested in sharing their views on issues for children and young people? The new Tasmanian Commissioner for Children, Mark Morrissey, would like to invite you to assist him with establishing a new way of hearing children and young people’s voices across Tasmania about the issues they face through new regional children and young person advisory groups. They are currently seeking children and young people who are interested in being part of these groups.

There will be two regional advisory groups in each region, North, North West and South.  The groups will be 6 to 8 members with one for children under 12 years of age and the other for young people from 12 to 17 years of age. The advisory groups will meet in the region 3 to 4 times a year. See more

27 Feb 2015

Report recommends parents receive welfare payments until their children are 22 years old

YOUNG people should have government benefits paid to their parents instead of their own accounts — until they turn 22 — under changes proposed to the welfare system. A report into Australia’s social security system has suggested simplifying welfare payments and places responsibility for financial support of young people firmly on their parents. Currently students are generally able to access their own welfare payments once they are 18 years old, and younger if they worked full-time, have a child or are unable to live at home due to extreme circumstances. The review led by Patrick McClure AO, noted that children were leaving home later, and suggested that if they were eligible for payments, this should be provided to their parents instead of being deposited into the young person’s account. See more


27 Feb 2015

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