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The news items below are from the past fortnight. News from the past 3 months can be found in the Archive section. News items are also included under each of the Topics headings.

Fewer young people driving cars

In Victoria, the number of under 25s with a driver's licence has dropped 12 percentage points in just 10 years. That decline has also been seen in NSW and around the world. Original article

21 Nov 2014

Tennis program for Indigenous youth

Former world number one tennis player, Evonne Goolagong Cawley, is visiting Hobart to promote health, education and employment among young Indigenous people using a tennis program that is open to young Indigenous people around Australia. Original article

21 Nov 2014

Julie Bishop on young terrorists

In an address to the United Nations security council on 19 November 2014, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Julie Bishop, said, 'Terrorists are younger, more violent, more innovative and highly interconnected'. Original article

21 Nov 2014

Young children prefer realistic teenage doll to Barbie

A doll representing the measurements of an average 19-year-old young woman is preferred to Barbie by young school children in the USA. Original article

21 Nov 2014

More Indigenous teachers needed

Professor Peter Buckskin, Dean of the University of South Australia and project director of the More Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Teachers Initiative (MATSITI), says despite a push to boost Indigenous teacher numbers over many years, there is still a long way to go. Original article

21 Nov 2014

Australian children concerned about rights

One in four Australian children aged 10 to 12 have said that children’s rights to protection in their country are not being met, according to Small Voices, Big Dreams Survey, a new global survey of over 6,000 children. Original article

20 Nov 2014

Second Young and Well National Survey

The Young and Well CRC in collaboration with The University of Sydney’s Brain & Mind Research Institute is conducting an important national survey on young people’s health, wellbeing and use of technology. Young people aged 16 to 25 are encouraged to participate. Original article


20 Nov 2014

Disconnect between concerns of parents and young people

New research by headspace has uncovered a disconnect between the concerns parents have for young people and the issues young people say they are most likely to be facing. The research marks the launch of a new campaign designed to help parents recognise the early warning signs that their son or daughter may need support for a mental health problem. Original article

20 Nov 2014

NSW's first Koori Youth Court

A special Koori court will be trialled in western Sydney in a bid to reduce the number of Indigenous young people being sent to prison. Original article 

20 Nov 2014

Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage report 2014 available

The 'Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage: Key Indicators 2014' report measures the wellbeing of Australia’s Indigenous peoples, and includes information on education and training, healthy lives, economic participation, home environment, and safe and supportive communities. Original article

20 Nov 2014

New toolkit for AOD non-government organisations

FundAssist is a toolkit produced by the National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA), and designed to help non-government alcohol and other drug organisations prepare, plan and write funding applications. Original story

19 Nov 2014

Young people shortlisted for Human Rights Medal

Australian Human Rights Commission president Professor Gillian Triggs today announced the shortlist for the Young People’s Human Rights Medal. Original article

19 Nov 2014

Youth workers are circuit breakers

A survey conducted by Anglicare Australia as part of a national research project on young people in transition found support provided by youth social service workers can be the circuit breaker for young people who have grown up in adversity. Original article

18 Nov 2014

Safe Schools Coalition calls on Australian schools to get involved

SAFE Schools Coalition Australia has urged Australian schools to jump on board and become members after a Four Corners report last night highlighted the experiences of gender diverse young people and the support they need from their schools. Original article

18 Nov 2014

Celebrating Young Australian of the Year nominees

On behalf of the Australian Government, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Education, Senator the Hon Scott Ryan congratulated all nominees for the 2015 Young Australian of the Year award. Original article

18 Nov 2014

Younger university graduates working outside their study area

A new report from financial services company AMP and the National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling reveals seven per cent of people in their 20s with degrees are working in shops rather than in the industry they qualified for. Original story

17 Nov 2014

Young people applaud Barack Obama's university speech in Brisbane

In a speech at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, ahead of the official opening of the G20 leaders' summit, US president Barack Obama spoke about climate change and gender equality and called on the younger generation to "step in and say, 'it doesn't have to be this way. Original article

17 Nov 2014

New research on young people and home ownership

The Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute has released a quantitative research report titled ‘Generational change in home purchase opportunity in Australia’, which considers the contracting opportunities for younger people to become home owners and the adaptive responses this generation has made to circumvent obstacles to ownership. Original article

17 Nov 2014

G20: Youth and other voices

Radio National interview with some of the people in Brisbane on the sidelines of the official G20 meeting. Original article

17 Nov 2014

Nominate a young Australian for a National Youth Award

Applications for nominations for the 2015 National Youth Awards (NYA) are now open to young Australians and Australian media until 12pm Thursday 27 November 2014. Original article

14 Nov 2014

Number of apprenticeships undertaken is increasing

Early trend estimates for the September quarter from the National Centre for Vocational Education Research show the number of people starting trade and non-trade apprenticeships and traineeships increasing for the first time in more than a year. Original article

14 Nov 2014

Research on cannabis use and adverse outcomes

Recent Australian research published in The Lancet records clear and consistent associations and dose-response relations between the frequency of adolescent cannabis use and all adverse young adult outcomes. Original article

14 Nov 2014

Australia urged to introduce pill testing

In the wake of the death of a young woman from a suspected ecstasy overdose, a drug specialist has suggested that Australia introduce pill testing, which provides feedback to users on the content of illegal drugs. Original article

13 Nov 2014

HSM app will help young people break from binge drinking

Hello Sunday Morning, an NGO that assists young people to take a break from alcohol, is working with the Vodaphone Foundation to produce a mobile app that will support young people to deal with alcohol issues. Original article

13 Nov 2014

Young people looking to increase potato consumption

Results from an online questionnaire conducted for the industry-funded Potato Tracker project have shown an increase in the propensity of 18- to 24-year-olds to purchase potatoes. Original article

13 Nov 2014

Half the homeless are young people

Chief executive of the Youth Affairs Council of WA Craig Comrie said of the more than 100,000 Australians who were homeless each night, half were young people. He also said that Western Australia had 4272 private rental listings available, but none were affordable for young people on Newstart or Youth Allowance. Original article

12 Nov 2014

Over 130,000 children and young people hospitalised due to injury in 2011–12

A new report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) titled Hospitalised injury in children and young people: 2011–12 reveals that males aged 18–24 years had the highest overall rate of injury. Original article

12 Nov 2014

National Young Leaders Day in Melbourne

On 10 November, over 1000 secondary students from Victorian schools attended the National Young Leaders Day in Melbourne to experience a varied program designed to inspire young leaders.  Original article

11 Nov 2014

Three days left for Victorian YAGs survey

Youth Advisory Groups in Victoria have until 13 November to fill out a survey to help the Victorian Rural Youth Services Initiative (VRYS) plan a series of four training sessions for YAGs in March and April 2015, and to collect expressions of interest. Original article

11 Nov 2014

Free social enterprise workshop

This workshop, conducted by Social Traders, is for anyone who is interested in social enterprise and would like to learn more. Original article

11 Nov 2014

Ice use on increase among injecting drug users

Illicit Drug Reporting System results released at the National Drug Trends Conference, held in October, show that the use of crystal methamphetamine among people who inject drugs increased by six per cent between 2013 and 2014. Original article

11 Nov 2014

Register by 12 November for opportunity to pitch ideas for youth employment social enterprise

On 26 November, Social Traders and J.P. Morgan are hosting youthCANwork an event for people with ideas for social enterprises to address unemployment for vulnerable young people in NSW. Original story

10 Nov 2014

Need to reduce foetal alcohol syndrome

The features of foetal alcohol syndrome develop during the first trimester of pregnancy, when many women don’t know they are pregnant. The National Health and Medical Research Council recommends that women who are pregnant, planning a pregnancy or breastfeeding not drink alcohol; however 47% of pregnant women still drink alcohol. Original article

10 Nov 2014

Young Australians may end up worse off than their parents

The Foundation for Young Australians has released a report titled Renewing Australia’s Promise, which highlights several escalating challenges facing Australia’s young people including high youth unemployment, an education system that may be falling behind, rising housing costs and increasing debt levels. Original article

10 Nov 2014

Study finds stress a predictor of body dissatisfaction in adolescents

Researchers at the Australian National University investigating the role of adolescent stress in body dissatisfaction have found that stress made adolescents feel worse about themselves in general and caused them to focus more on their body when evaluating themselves. Original article

10 Nov 2014

Project considers ways to research young people

The Young Lives Research Lab at the University of Prince Edward Island in Canada is inviting 100 international scholars to participate in an online survey as part of a research project aimed at assessing international innovations in research with and for children and youth. Original article

10 Nov 2014

Fewer young people driving cars

In Victoria, the number of under 25s with a driver's licence has dropped 12 percentage points in just 10 years. That decline has also been seen in NSW and around the world. Original article

21 Nov 2014

Tennis program for Indigenous youth

Former world number one tennis player, Evonne Goolagong Cawley, is visiting Hobart to promote health, education and employment among young Indigenous people using a tennis program that is open to young Indigenous people around Australia. Original article

21 Nov 2014

Julie Bishop on young terrorists

In an address to the United Nations security council on 19 November 2014, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Julie Bishop, said, 'Terrorists are younger, more violent, more innovative and highly interconnected'. Original article

21 Nov 2014

Young children prefer realistic teenage doll to Barbie

A doll representing the measurements of an average 19-year-old young woman is preferred to Barbie by young school children in the USA. Original article

21 Nov 2014

More Indigenous teachers needed

Professor Peter Buckskin, Dean of the University of South Australia and project director of the More Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Teachers Initiative (MATSITI), says despite a push to boost Indigenous teacher numbers over many years, there is still a long way to go. Original article

21 Nov 2014

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