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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

Sydney co-working space rebrands to attract entrepreneurs under 28

Sydney will soon see a co-working space dedicated to people under the age of 28. Not-for-profit youth organisation Vibewire has run a co-working space on Harris Street in Ultimo since 2006. However, from March it will be exclusively for people in their twenties.

Cass Mao, general manager of Vibewire, told StartupSmart the organisation’s co-working space used to be called the Innovation Lab but they have since decided to rebrand after it became apparent the space wasn’t achieving its goal of empowering young entrepreneurs and creatives. “The lower price we pitched it at was too expensive for all the young people we got so it turned into a pretty general co-working space, which we didn’t want it to be,” she says. See more

27 Feb 2015

REPORT Community VCAL provides important lessons

A new report describes the evolution of an integrated approach to assisting young people through teaching, wellbeing and pathways support in a non-school setting.

The Brotherhood of St Laurence ‘Community VCAL’ program is a response to widespread concern about youth disengagement from secondary education. Operating in Frankston since 2010, it enables 15–18 year olds who have encountered significant challenges to undertake the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning, a course which combines classroom tuition with vocational training and work placements. Download Report

27 Feb 2015

New Australian aid campaign targets youth

More than 50 Australian aid organisations are joining forces for a unique campaign aimed at developing a foreign aid front line with the country’s youth at the helm.

Supported by some of Australia’s leading development organisations such as UNICEF, World Vision, Oxfam, WWF and The Fred Hollows Foundation, the Campaign for Australian Aid is using a combination of social media, technology and a food truck to encourage young Australians to make a stand for Australian aid.  See more

27 Feb 2015

Young adults and alcohol

This report examines how alcohol cultures and patterns of use vary across inner- and outer-urban settings.

The Young adults and alcohol report drew upon the Victorian Youth Alcohol and Drug Survey (VYADS), 60 interviews and data from the Victoria Police and Ambulances Services to examine behavioural and social patterns in young adults, including drinking and going out in different urban settings, and related local government policy responses. See more

26 Feb 2015

That Start Up Show

That Start Up Show is Australia’s first ever independent Live / Youtube hybrid show focusing on the fast-growing Australian entrepreneurial boom and the culture that surrounds it. Hosted by comedian and media tech commentator Dan Ilic the series brings together a new generation of businesses, creatives, startups, VCs, capital, incubators and entrepreneurs to the public on a 6 x hour journey exploring the ups and downs of being a Startup. Each episode is shot in front of a live audience at the Savoy Tavern in downtown Melbourne.  The pitch competition culminates in a trip to Silicon Valley for the series winner in the final Pitchdown. See more

26 Feb 2015

Robogals are go! Program aims to get more girls into STEM

When Marita Cheng realised that she was just one of five female students in her 50 strong electrical engineering degree, she knew something had to be done.  In 2008 she launched Robogals – an international not-for-profit organisation that encourages female students to take up engineering, science and technology courses and jobs.  Today it has more than 5000 members in 25 chapters around the world, including in the United States, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Beijing and Tokyo. The organisation visits primary schools and high schools, including in rural areas, where they host activities that engage the students to solve challenges while having a good time.

The University of Melbourne, where the program has its origins, has some 40 active volunteers who are in their first and second year of study. The program committee at the institution consists of eight people, including three school managers and a sponsorship and marketing head. Its affiliation with the schools of engineering helps them in attracting partners and sponsors, and hosting Open Day and O-Week events. They primarily target year 3 to year 10 students. Their workshops involve working with robotics, where students bring their own laptops and build robots, making them solve various puzzles and obstacles.  This year, they hope to visit over 40 schools and increase their presence in regional Victoria. See more

 

26 Feb 2015

How Do You Feel? Using smartphones for research

The aim of the research, by Young and Well CRC, was to pilot a well-known data collection method; the Experience Sampling Method (ESM) using an innovative and engaging platform – the smartphone. ESM is a data collection technique that involves collecting data from participants at different time points during the day over a period of several days. The current study expands on previous methods by integrating the smartphone into the collection of ESM data. This platform enables participants to respond to text messages immediately using a web-based URL via the smartphone’s mobile internet connection capabilities. This allowed for real “in the moment” responses from participants to be collected and tracked across a seven-day period. See more

The aim of the current research was to pilot a well-known data collection method; the Experience Sampling Method (ESM) using an innovative and engaging platform – the smartphone. ESM is a data collection technique that involves collecting data from participants at different time points during the day over a period of several days. Collecting data using this technique has previously been completed using beepers and time use diaries, and more recently via mobile phone text messaging. The current study expands on previous methods by integrating the smartphone into the collection of ESM data. This platform enables participants to respond to text messages immediately using a web-based URL via the smartphone’s mobile internet connection capabilities. This allowed for real “in the moment” responses from participants to be collected and tracked across a seven-day period. - See more at: http://www.youngandwellcrc.org.au/knowledge-hub/publications/how-do-you-feel/#sthash.VeJHzMVM.dpuf

26 Feb 2015

Part-time work the go for young people

An article in The Age newspaper looks at the ways in which the traditional routes into work have changed for young people. Today around 75% of young people are part-time workers, whereas in 1980 only 20% worked part time. http://www.theage.com.au/national/teen-challenge-how-the-young-are-working-differently-20150220-13k77d.html

25 Feb 2015

Teens’ health under threat from increased time in front of a screen

Around 77% of teenagers are spending more than the recommended two hours per day in front of a screen, and this has health organisations worried. The Cancer Council Australia and the National Heart Foundation of Australia say that levels of physical exercise by teens are too low, and that a national physical activity strategy is needed. http://bit.ly/1DmPFRQ

25 Feb 2015

Major new report lifts the lid on the impact of alcohol on families with children

The Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE) has released The Hidden Harm, a study into the impacts and magnitude of the effects of alcohol on Australian families with children.

It reports that more than one million children in this country (i.e. 22% of all Australian children) are affected by the drinking habits of people close to them. The report advocates that governments invest in strategies to reduce alcohol-related problems within family.http://www.fare.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/01-ALCOHOLS-IMPACT-ON-CHILDREN-AND-FAMILIES-SUMMARY-web.pdf

25 Feb 2015

NSW offers scholarship in memory of Glen Turner

The New South Wales government has announced a university scholarship in honour of the environmental compliance officer Glen Turner, who was shot and killed in July 2014. The scholarship, will be awarded through the University of Newcastle and as a tribute to Turner’s rural origins, the scholarship will support a student from the bush, or a low socio-economic background in the field of natural resource management, which could include a bachelor degree in environmental science or a related field. See more

The New South Wales government has announced a university scholarship in honour of the environmental compliance officer Glen Turner, who was shot and killed in July 2014. - See more at: https://www.researchprofessional.com/0/rr/news/australia/canberra-playbook/2015/2/NSW-offers-scholarship-in-memory-of-Glen-Turner.html#sthash.OauIpnG1.dpuf
The New South Wales government has announced a university scholarship in honour of the environmental compliance officer Glen Turner, who was shot and killed in July 2014. - See more at: https://www.researchprofessional.com/0/rr/news/australia/canberra-playbook/2015/2/NSW-offers-scholarship-in-memory-of-Glen-Turner.html#sthash.OauIpnG1.dpuf

24 Feb 2015

Forget mining, the next employment boom is …

With the national unemployment rate hitting a 12-year high in January, workers in many industries find their jobs under threat from a sluggish economy. But as the traditional sources of employment like manufacturing wind down, there is hope for young people entering the job market and for those looking to change careers. The jobs market of tomorrow is starting to take shape, stay ahead of the game with these eight in-demand jobs of the future. See more

24 Feb 2015

Employers do have goodwill towards younger workers but are wary of taking on the untested hire in straitened times.

Working up a sweat on a hot and dusty building site in Sydney's south-west, 16-year-old school-leavers James Cipollino and Zaia Yelda can't believe their luck. The pair have just scored their first job, doing maintenance tasks for building company, SR Construction. With many of their friends out of work, James and Zaia are both keen to develop basic skills that will lead to better prospects.

Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry chief executive Kate Carnell describes the growth of youth unemployment, which is more than twice the rate for the general population, as one of her organisation's biggest concerns. "The dilemma for small to medium businesses is that unfair dismissal laws make it really scary for them to take on new people," she said. "They are cautious about hiring someone who is untried. Business confidence is still very low. They are not willing to put on extra staff so those young people just aren't getting jobs or experience so fundamentally everyone is a loser."  See more

 

24 Feb 2015

Level up learning:US national survey on teaching with digital games

Digital games have the potential to transform K-12 education, but what has been the real experience among teachers who use games in the classroom? In 2013, the Games and Learning Publishing Council conducted a national survey among nearly 700 K-8 teachers in the USA. This report reveals key findings from the survey, and looks at how often and why teachers use games in the classroom, as well as issues they encounter in their efforts to implement digital games into their practice. Download report

24 Feb 2015

Commonwealth Bank joins ThinkUKnow cyber safety program to keep children safe

The Commonwealth Bank has signed a three-year partnership with the AFP-led ThinkUKnow cyber safety program, and will provide volunteers to help deliver cyber safety sessions across the country alongside our police officers and founding industry partners, namely Microsoft and Datacom.

ThinkUKnow delivers vital information to parents, carers and teachers through schools and organisations across Australia on how to make the online experience safer for our children.  See more

24 Feb 2015

Relocation Scholarships now available

Relocation Scholarships are now available to Youth Allowance or ABSTUDY students who are moving to or from a regional area to undertake higher education. Minister for Human Services Senator the Hon Marise Payne said students do not need to make a separate claim for a Relocation Scholarship. "If you are eligible, the scholarship will be paid automatically with your first student payment after 21 February," Minister Payne said. More info

24 Feb 2015

Young people wanted to participate in study on stress

Leading Australian youth mental health organisation Orygen is seeking young people aged 15–25 to participate in a Melbourne-based study. The study is investigating how young people's personality influences their reaction to short-term stress. For more information, visit: http://bit.ly/1EGsoKg

23 Feb 2015

Vale Celia Lashlie

Last week, New Zealand author and social commentator Celia Lashlie died after a short illness at the age of 61.

Ms Lashlie worked in prisons, schools and communities to improve the lives of at-risk young people, particularly young men. In 2004, she completed the Good Man Project, working with 25 boys' schools around New Zealand to create a working definition of what makes a 'good man' in the 21st century. Her book He'll be ok: Growing gorgeous boys into good men is based on her findings from that project.

Last week, ABC Local Radio's Conversations with Richard Fidler rebroadcast a wonderful conversation with Ms Lashlie, recorded in 2007, about her life's work. To listen to the conversation, and find out more about Ms Lashlie's work with vulnerable young men, visit: http://www.abc.net.au/local/stories/2015/02/20/4183568.htm

23 Feb 2015

2015 National Youth Awards finalists named

Twenty-four young Australians, as well as four journalists, have been named finalists in the 2015 National Youth Awards.

The National Youth Awards are an initiative of the Australian Government as part of National Youth Week. Four finalists have been named for each of the award catetories: Youth Employment, Youth Safety, Youth Culture and Diversity, Youth Health, Youth Leadership, Youth Courage, and Youth in Media. Winners will be announced in Brisbane on April 16. To find out more about the finalists, visit: http://www.youthweek.com/news-and-media/national-youth-awards-finalists-are…

23 Feb 2015

Employers urged to have their say on training

Australian employers will be contacted in the coming weeks as part of the Survey of Australian Employers to identify the ways in which they meet their skill needs and how effective these strategies are. Managed by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER), the survey aims to collect the views of 9 000 employers, from across the country and from all industry sectors. See more

20 Feb 2015

2016 APS Indigenous Pathways Programme - Applications now open for Graduates

Have you (or will you have) completed a degree between 2011 and January 2016? The Australian Public Service Indigenous Graduate Programme can support you in your transition from university into the workforce. The Commission works in partnership with a number of APS agencies to offer graduate and trainee employment opportunities for Indigenous Australians. They offer the opportunity to work in fields such as Indigenous affairs, communications, defence, finance, environment, education and training, health and community services, workplace relations, immigration, science, tourism, and transport. By lodging a single application, you have the opportunity to be considered for graduate and trainee positions in a wide range of Australian Government agencies.  See more

20 Feb 2015

Lifting the lid on drug and alcohol use and abuse

Why do people drink alcohol or take drugs? Why do some people do it to the point of it being a problem – to themselves, to their family, their friends and to our whole society? Why don’t people with drug or alcohol problems do something about it, pull themselves into line?  How can we help them?

This new website  does not look at drugs themselves – an ever-growing wide variety of them – nor does it deal with the specifics of specialised treatments. Rather, the hope is that anyone – perhaps a young teenager who is wondering whether to start drinking or smoking, or someone who is already a casual or habitual user, or is even an addict – will find the information on this site to be simple to understand, sensible and useful. And not only the users but also the parents and other concerned family members and friends, and trainee counsellors. Go to website


19 Feb 2015

NSW youth workers set to receive mental health training

Youth workers across NSW will receive training to help improve their skills in dealing with young people with mental health issues. The $250,000 plan will be coordinated by peak body Mental Health First Aid Australia (MHFA), and funded by the NSW Government. The training will provide youth workers with the skills and confidence to recognise the symptoms of common mental health problems. They will also be trained to respond effectively. See more

19 Feb 2015

NMC Horizon report: 2015 higher education edition

The NMC Horizon Report > 2015 Higher Education Edition is a collaborative effort between the NMC and the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI). This 12th edition describes annual findings from the NMC Horizon Project, an ongoing research project designed to identify and describe emerging technologies likely to have an impact on learning, teaching, and creative inquiry in education. Six key trends, six significant challenges, and six important developments in educational technology are identified across three adoption horizons over the next one to five years, giving campus leaders and practitioners a valuable guide for strategic technology planning. The report aims to provide these leaders with more in-depth insight into how the trends and challenges are accelerating and impeding the adoption of educational technology, along with their implications for policy, leadership and practice. Download report

19 Feb 2015

Senate Examines Youth Living in Aged Care

The national Senate inquiry investigating young people with disability living in residential aged care had its first public hearing in Perth on Tuesday. The inquiry has so far received 38 written submissions from individuals, families of people with disabilities and Not for Profit organisations. The first day of the Senate Inquiry was told that six thousand young Australians with disabilities are living in aged care homes nationally with people as young as 23 are being housed in some aged care facilities.   The inquiry’s report is due mid-year and will make specific recommendations to COAG and to the Joint Parliamentary Standing Committee on the NDIS, which is reviewing the implementation of the NDIS.  See more

People as young as 23 are being housed in some aged care facilities, the first day of a Senate Inquiry sitting in Western Australia has been told.

The national Senate inquiry investigating young people with disability living in residential aged care had its first public hearing in Perth on Tuesday.

- See more at: http://www.probonoaustralia.com.au/news/2015/02/senate-examines-youth-living-aged-care#sthash.AMfYXj2z.dpuf

People as young as 23 are being housed in some aged care facilities, the first day of a Senate Inquiry sitting in Western Australia has been told.

The national Senate inquiry investigating young people with disability living in residential aged care had its first public hearing in Perth on Tuesday.

- See more at: http://www.probonoaustralia.com.au/news/2015/02/senate-examines-youth-living-aged-care#sthash.AMfYXj2z.dpuf

19 Feb 2015

Griffin Accelerator returns for start-ups with $300,000 seed funding pool

ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr has launched the 2015 intake for the Canberra-based Griffin Accelerator program, with applications open from now until May 1.

Griffin Accelerator chief executive Craig Davis stated that a key differentiator for the accelerator is that all the mentors are also equity contributing investors. Shortlisted applicants with pitch their ideas in Canberra on May 7, and following a due diligence process, this year’s participants will be announced in late May, with the core three-month program kicking off in late June. The pitching event at the end of last year’s program ended up producing 45 expressions of interest from Sydney and Canberra, and Davis promises there’s big news in the pipeline for some of the graduates. bit.ly/1JqfFSg

19 Feb 2015

New study into youth homelessness reveals majority spent time in out of home care

A new report and the first national study of its kind, The Cost of Youth Homelessness in Australia, has revealed the extreme difficulties faced by homeless young people. Close to 400 young Australians participated in this study and were tracked over three consecutive years.

Conducted  to better understand the experience, impact and support needs of homeless youth, Swinburne University of Technology, in partnership with University of Western Australia, Charles Sturt University, Salvation Army, Mission Australia and Anglicare NSW South and West, and ACT, led this landmark research project. Swinburne’s Dr Monica Thielking, one of the lead authors on the study, said that the concerning findings were the relationship between family conflict, out-of home care and sleeping rough prior to turning 18, and homelessness later in life.  bit.ly/1Ag5RD2

17 Feb 2015

Young people are not giving up on work, despite high unemployment

The unemployment figures released last week by the Bureau of Statistics showed that youth unemployment at 20% is now as high as it has been since June 1997. However, as bad as that figure is, the causes of the high rate are quite surprising. They suggest that young people are responding to the weak employment situation not by giving up, but by continuing to look for work and continuing with their education while doing so. Without any compulsion by government, youth are either earning or learning in greater numbers than ever before. bitly.com/a/bitlinks

17 Feb 2015

Rosie Batty launches anti-domestic violence app for young women

Violent relationships aren’t limited to black eyes so it’s vital women are empowered to deal with psychological abuse as well, says Australian of the Year Rosie Batty who helped to launch the app Rosie Batty became an anti-domestic violence campaigner after her 11-year-old son Luke was murdered by his father a year ago on Valentine’s Day. Doncare’s iMatter app is designed to empower young women and help them understand the warning signs of abusive and controlling relationships. Batty says the app will help educate women about different forms of domestic violence, increase awareness and support them to make safe choices. bit.ly/1zjvErw

17 Feb 2015

NSW Government to ban e-cigarette sales to children - 70 percent found to contain nicotine

Despite liquid nicotine being banned for sale in Australia, the delivery devices are legal and "vaping" has boomed. E-cigarettes in the shape of cigarettes, lipsticks and pens have become readily available in convenience stores and over the internet. Testing by NSW Health in 2013 found 70 per cent of e-liquids sampled contained nicotine. Last month the NSW Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant wrote to retailers warning that some of the e-liquids tested by her department had contained "high levels of nicotine that, if ingested are potentially lethal".  The NSW ban is based on the recommendation of a panel of toxicology, tobacco control and air pollution experts, and has the support of the Heart Foundation NSW, Cancer Council NSW and Australian Medical Association.  bit.ly/1FUlDFN

17 Feb 2015

Engaging parents in education

The Australian Government Department of Education and Training has released new resources on Parental Engagement on its website clearly defining the role of Parental Engagement and explaining how parents can be constructively involved in their children’s school life. Parent engagement means being positively involved and active in your child’s learning. Your attitudes, values and behaviours can positively influence your child’s education outcomes. See how you can become engaged and support your child to get the most out of their schooling. bit.ly/1AftVWC

17 Feb 2015

Regional Australian youth share their big ideas at 2015 Heywire summit

Last week, 37 young Australians from regional areas met in Canberra for the annual week-long Heywire Regional Youth Summit, where they shared their ideas and opinions on how to address issues affecting their local communities. More information

16 Feb 2015

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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