The news and events below come from the ACYS news feed and Youth Field Xpress, our monthly newsletter, and the ACYS calendar.

Current news

Out of home care strategies 2015-2020 Community Services

Out of home care services in the ACT and around Australia are currently facing many challenges including how to respond to rising demand for out of home care places and difficulties in attracting and retaining foster carers. In addition, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people are significantly over represented among care populations and life outcomes for many care leavers continue to be poor.    bit.ly/15cAnCq  

23 Jan 2015


Senate inquiry into young people in aged care

The announcement of a new Senate inquiry into the adequacy of residential care for young people with disability, including young people living in aged care facilities, has been welcomed by the Young People In Nursing Homes National Alliance (YPINH). Original article


16 Dec 2014


Tas teen sets new paralympic world record

Tasmanian teenager Deon Kenzie is being touted as a possible future Paralympic gold medallist after breaking the 1500m world record for his category in Hobart on Saturday 13 December. Original article


15 Dec 2014


Australia loses Stella Young, disability activist

Stella Young, disability activist, writer and comedian, has died at the age of 32. She campaigned with tireless determination on behalf of people with disability, including as editor of ABC's Ramp-Up and as a frequent contributor to ABC's The Drum. Original article


08 Dec 2014


Applications close soon for Artists with Disability Program

The Artists with Disability Program provides funding for Australian artists with disability (including Deaf artists) to create, develop, present, produce, exhibit and/or tour their work. The program is open to individuals and groups and applicants from Indigenous, regional, culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and young people are particularly encouraged to apply. Original story


28 Feb 2014


Young people in nursing homes: Community perceptions

Empirica Research, in conjunction with the Summer Foundation, have prepared a fact sheet detailing community perceptions and awareness of young people in nursing homes. Original article

10 Jan 2014


Survey : Young people 13-18 attending school with a hearing loss/Deaf

This survey from the School of Education at the University of Western Sydney asks questions in relation to Deaf identity and how students feel about themselves and their school. Original article  

06 Jan 2014


Students with and without disability: it’s always better when we’re together

Kathy Cologon from Macquarie University conducted a review of research on inclusive education and found positive outcomes for social, academic, cognitive and physical development of all students regardless of whether they have a disability. Original article

17 Dec 2013


Ticket to Work

Ticket to Work is a School-Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships (SBAT) program that takes a partnership approach to improving the employment and education outcomes of young people with disability. Original article  

06 Dec 2013


Real Livewires: The role of chat rooms for vulnerable young people

The Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre has released a new study that demonstrates moderated chat rooms are an invaluable tool for vulnerable young people with a chronic illness or disability – building strong peer-to-peer networks and resilience. Original article

05 Dec 2013


The needs and experiences of Young People with a Disability Transitioning from out-of-home care: The views of practitioners in Victoria

This qualitative study involved consultations with 19 workers from six key agencies involved in out-of-home care and leaving care practice and policy to examine the current experience of, and support services available, to young people with a disability transitioning from out-of-home care in Victoria. Original article

05 Dec 2013


NDIS won’t solve young people in nursing homes

The issue of young people with disabilities living in nursing homes will not be resolved despite the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme, according to a report by the Summer Foundation and global professional services company, PricewaterhouseCoopers.Original article

02 Oct 2013


DisabilityCare for young people starts today!

The DisabilityCare scheme (formerly known as the NDIS) rolls out in Tasmania today for young people. Original article

01 Jul 2013


Suitable care needed for disabled young

Age-appropriate accommodation is in short supply and more than 7500 young Australians with disabilities live in residential aged care. Original article  

25 Jun 2013


Rise in number of nation's youth accessing disability aid

The fourth report from the Council on the National Disability Agreement found that more young people under 25 were accessing disability services. Original article | COAG Reform Council report  

27 May 2013


YDAS Shorts

The Youth Disability Advocacy Services presents a series of short films that were created by young people with disabilities about their experiences growing up. Original article  

20 May 2013


Youth disability: Two online surveys

The Youth Disability Advocacy Service (YDAS) and the Tasmanian Disability Education Reform Lobby are conducting surveys to canvas the views of young people with disability and their families on the issues they find most important. More information  

11 Apr 2013


New legislation: National Disability Insurance Scheme Bill

The Bill establishes the National Disability Insurance Scheme and the NDIS Launch Transition Agency (the Agency) to deliver the launch of the scheme. Original article  

26 Mar 2013


Siblings, young people and disability study

This study happening at the Social Policy Research Centre (UNSW) asks both young people with disabilities and their siblings without disabilities about their experiences of disability during young adulthood and what these mean for their sibling relationship. Original article  

19 Mar 2013


Inquiry investigates sterlisations of disabled youth

ABC Radio's The World Today looks at the reasons why parents of young people with severe disabilities seek to have their children sterilised.  Original article  

14 Mar 2013


Unearthing the experiences of young people with autism

Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect) has announced the launch of new research to explore the life experiences and support needs of adolescents with high functioning autism and Asperger’s disorder. Original article  

31 Jan 2013


Dancer wins national human rights award

Dancer Lorcan Hopper, who has Down syndrome and has danced with the Restless Dance Theatre for eight years, recently won a national human rights award. Original article  

10 Jan 2013


Education ministers give provisional endorsement for the implementation of a model for a nationally consistent collection of data on students with disability

On 7 December 2012 the Standing Council on School Education and Early Childhood (SCSEEC), made up of education ministers from across Australia, gave provisional endorsement for a nationally consistent collection of data on school students with disability, pending receipt of the Final Report on the 2012 Trial. Original article  

07 Jan 2013


Sterilisation first choice for the disabled

PARENTS of women with intellectual disabilities are going straight for sterilisation procedures rather than ''existing and viable options'' to help control menstruation and contraception, a national Senate inquiry has heard. Original article 


02 Jan 2013


Disabled youth more abused than others

Children and young adults with disabilities are three times more likely to suffer abuse and neglect than their peers without disabilities, according to a policy paper released on Tuesday. Original article

06 Dec 2012


Views of young people in residential care survey

This paper produced by the Queensland Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian aims to contribute to the task of evaluating Queensland’s efforts to cultivate trauma and attachment informed residential care environments. Original article  

30 Nov 2012


Guidelines support media reporting on disability

The Reporting it Right guidelines for portraying people with a disability released by Victorian Community Services were developed in consultation with journalists, media professionals, people with a disability and the disability sector. Original article  

14 Nov 2012


Evaluation of the Self Directed Support Pilot for Children and Young Adults with a Physical Disability

This final report from the Social Policy Research Centre provides findings about the outcomes for participants and their families, implementation of the pilot, the process and cost analysis. Original article


31 Oct 2012


A Media Skills Workshop for Young People

This workshop in Melbourne on 17 November is for young people with and without disabilities and will provide information about how to use the media to create change in the issues important to young people. Original article  

25 Oct 2012


Held back: The experiences of students with disabilities in Victorian schools

The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission undertook research examining the experiences of students with disabilities in Victorian Schools to learn how schools are meeting students’ needs, as well as understanding where practice might be improved. Original article  

09 Oct 2012


Time to stop the forced sterilisation of girls and women with disability

The Senate Community Affairs Committee has announced its intention to consider the involuntary or coerced sterilisation of people with disabilities in Australia. Original article  

03 Oct 2012


Arts Activated 2012 performances line up with Rudely Interrupted

Arts Activated, Australia’s only national arts and disability conference, presents a program which features strong dance, theatre and music presentations over two full days, 30 and 31 October. Original article  

02 Oct 2012


Happiness in self-managing disability funds

Parents of children and young people with disabilities who self-manage their funding support are significantly happier than other carers, an Australian-first study has found. Original article  

01 Oct 2012


Young Australians speak up for an NDIS

The Minister for Disability Reform, Jenny Macklin, today earlier this week with a group of young Australians with disability at the first National Youth Disability Conference in Melbourne to discuss progress toward a National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). Original article  

28 Sep 2012


How did teachers meet your needs?

The Australian Youth Affairs Coalition (AYAC) would like to hear from young people with a disability to provide advice to teachers on meeting their educational needs.  Original article  

27 Sep 2012


Students with a disability 2011

This statistical compendium from the National Centre for Vocational Education Research presents data on VET participation, achievements and outcomes for people with a disability. Original article  

29 Aug 2012


Siblings, young people and disability study

This study, conducted at the Social Policy Research Centre at the University of New South Wales, seeks feedback from young people with a disability or siblings of those with a disability in order to gain an understanding of how disability affects their sibling relationship and affects what happens in their lives during young adulthood. Original article  

29 Aug 2012


Young people with disabilities have something to say

George Taleporos, Manager of the Youth Disability Advocacy Service and a freelance consultant in disability awareness, writes in the ABC's Ramp up about the importance of listening to young people with disability about their aspirations and the issues they face. Original article  

15 Aug 2012


Review of Disability Standards for Education 2005

On 1 August 2012, Senator the Hon Jacinta Collins, Parliamentary Secretary for School Education and Workplace Relations, released the Report on the Review of Disability Standards for Education 2005, and the Australian Government Response to the Review. Original article  

09 Aug 2012


How do we stop young people entering aged care?

From ABC's Ramp Up, Di Winkler and Libby Callaway call for proper targeted support to prevent young people being admitted to nursing homes, and to ensure that they reach their full potential in life. Original article  

27 Jul 2012


National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) news

The NDIS features prominently in the news, with debate at a recent COAG meeting on how it is funded, and the launch of the scheme in 2 states yesterday. More information  

27 Jul 2012


‘Disablism’ could shape the future for young people with a disability

A new study led by the University of Sydney hopes to shed light on how the experiences of young Australians with a disability are shaped by discrimination. Original article  

24 Jul 2012


How to Hear Me: A resource kit for counsellors and other professionals working with people with intellectual disability

This is a new resource kit for counsellors and other professionals working with people with intellectual disabilities from WWILD Sexual Violence Prevention Association Inc, Disability Training Program – Victims of Crime. Original article  

23 Jul 2012


Nursing homes not good for disabled youths

Younger people with physical and cognitive disabilities should be spared living in nursing homes, according to new research from Summer Foundation, an advocacy group. Original article  

09 Jul 2012


National Youth Disability Conference

The first National Youth Disability Conference scheduled for 24 & 25 September 2012 will bring together young people with disabilities, peak bodies, representative organisations, and passionate workers and researchers in the field, from across Australia. Original article  

05 Jul 2012


Australian Social Trends - data from the ABS

The Australian Bureau of Statistics produces regular reports on a variety of social trends. This issue includes information on children and young people with disability, and participation in sports or dancing activities by children and young people.  Original article  

03 Jul 2012


Survey for young people with disability

Australian Youth Affairs Coalition (AYAC), Youth Disability Advocacy Service (YDAS), Children with Disability Australia (CDA) and Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) want to hear from young people with disability about their views on what is important to their lives. Original article  

18 Jun 2012


Victoria looks at new national standards for disability services

The Victorian Minister for Community Services, Mary Wooldridge says the introduction of national standards is one of 11 foundation reforms that are the building blocks of an NDIS and Victoria is leading this work on behalf of the Commonwealth and the other States and Territories. Original article  

28 May 2012


Siblings Australia Surveys

For 13 years Siblings Australia has developed services and resources for siblings of children and adults with disability or chronic illness. Recently, they have been concerned about one particular challenge – the incidence of aggression toward siblings by the child/young person with disability. In order to understand the nature and extent of the problem they have established a short (10 question) anonymous survey. Siblings Australia hopes to hear from parents, providers and siblings themselves. Original article  

17 May 2012


PM Confirms NDIS Funding & Roll Out At Sydney Rally

The Prime Minister Julia Gillard made the announcement confirming funding in the May Budget at the Sydney rally for the NDIS, one of several rallies held across Australia yesterday. Original article  

01 May 2012


Younger people with disability in residential aged care: 2010-11

This bulletin from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare presents data on the Younger People with Disability in Residential Aged Care (YPIRAC) initiative, which aims to reduce the number of people with disability aged under 65 who live in residential aged care. Original article  

27 Apr 2012


Safeguard vulnerable young from aged care isolation

Research undertaken by the Summer Foundation and Monash University looks into the isolation of young people with disability who are cared for in nursing homes.  Original article  

23 Apr 2012


Evaluation of the Self Directed Support Pilot Second Report

Disability and Community Care Services, Department of Communities has commissioned an evaluation of the outcomes, process and costs of the Self Directed Support pilot by a research team led by the Social Policy Research Centre (SPRC). This second report provides findings about the outcomes for participants and their families, implementation of the pilot, the process and cost analysis; and draws together implications for future development of similar programs. Original article


03 Apr 2012


CHW School Link newsletter

The March 2012 edition the CHW School Link newsletter (volume 3 issue 1) on mental health and intellectual disability in children and adolescents is now available. Original article  

02 Apr 2012


Hidden in plain sight

The Global Mail reports on the experiences of young people and their carers face when they support and services in the current policy framework, and the hopes that the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will address many of the barriers and inequities they've encountered. Original article  

27 Mar 2012


Sociability: social media for people with a disability

This review from Media Access Australia aims to enable all users equal access to social media.  Original article  

20 Mar 2012


Sociability: social media for people with a disability

In late 2011, Media Access Australia undertook research to determine how the accessibility issues found in each of the most popular social media tools can be overcome. Original article  

15 Mar 2012


Impact for students with disabilities unclear

The lack of data on students with disabilities hindered the detail of Gonski’s proposals in this needy area, but principals have welcomed his general principle. Original article  

13 Mar 2012


Outside School Hours Care for Teenagers with Disability

The Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs has released the Evaluation of Outside School Hours Care for Teenagers with Disability report. Original article  

02 Mar 2012


Community attitudes to people with disability: scoping project

This report from the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs investigates current research on community attitudes towards people with disability. Original article  

22 Feb 2012


Changes to Disability Support Pension rules for people under 35

Under legislation introduced into Federal Parliament today, Disability Support Pension (DSP) recipients aged under 35 years with some capacity to work will be required to attend regular participation interviews with Centrelink to develop participation plans, to help build their capacity and overcome barriers to work. The Bill also introduces more generous rules to allow DSP recipients to work up to 30 hours a week and continue to receive a part-pension, subject to income and assets testing. Original article


16 Feb 2012


Concern over forced sterilisation of young women with disabilities

The Federal Disability Commissioner, Graeme Innes, has written to Australian state and territory governments expressing concern about the number of young women with disabilities who are being sterilised. According to Mr Innes, anecdotal evidence suggests that the number of procedures being carried out without court approval is rising. Original article  

15 Feb 2012


New Schools Disability Advisory Council

The Schools Disability Advisory Council is a new group comprised of parents, teachers, young people with disability and peak bodies formed to advise the Australian Government on issues affecting students with disability. It met for the first time on 14 February and discussed issues including the Disability Standards for Education, funding and specific measures to help students with disability. Original article


15 Feb 2012


Disability is not a joke

A recent joke about disability by a high-profile social commentator 'reveals a subtle and no doubt unconscious contempt for disabled people that is still rife in our culture' according to Stella Young, editor of ABC's Ramp Up website. Original article  

09 Feb 2012


Helping Students with Disabilities

Students with disabilities will get more support to help them finish school and find a job under the More Support for Students with Disabilities initiative, which will allow schools to make the best choices for their students so they can learn more easily and engage with their classmates, teachers and support staff. Original article  

02 Feb 2012


Jobs project for disabled treads new ground

As the momentum for a national disability insurance scheme slowly builds, one young woman not content to wait is embarking on a bold venture to give Australians with disabilities a better chance at employment. Original article  

24 Jan 2012


Governments strike disability scheme pact

A national disability insurance scheme is a step closer after the federal government struck agreement on key reforms to establish it by mid-2013, amid concerns funding may be taken away from other services to achieve it. Original article  

25 Oct 2011


To gain, retain and retrain: the role of post-school education for people with a disability

Using data from the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia survey, this study from the National Centre for Vocational Education Research looks at the role of vocational education and training (VET) qualifications not just in labour market outcomes for people with disability but in improving their working conditions. Original article  

26 Sep 2011


Internship program for students with disability

From the Australian Network on Disability, the ‘Stepping into…’™ is a unique internship program designed to assist students with disability enter their chosen profession. Original article  

16 Sep 2011


What next for young people in nursing homes?

The five-year national Young People in Residential Aged Care (YPIRAC) program, which aimed to reduce the number of young people with disability living in aged care nursing homes (with the first priority being those aged less than 50), concluded in June 2011. Original article  

15 Sep 2011


Ramp Up - New ABC website

ABC's new online destination for news, discussion, debate and humour for everyone in Australia's disability communities. Original article  

14 Sep 2011


Disability Rights Update newsletter is back

The Australian Human Rights Commission has re-instated its Disability Rights Update newsletter. Original article


05 Sep 2011


How come you don’t want one? Living with Down Syndrome

Insights from Jan Gothard from Murdoch University on the experiences of families with a child with Down Syndrome.  Original article  

30 Aug 2011


Disability Care and Support - Inquiry report

The Productivity Commission states in this report that a new national scheme for disability — like Medicare — is feasible, that it would produce very large benefits for Australians and that a realistic and clear implementation pathway is available. Original article  

22 Aug 2011


Young people in nursing homes

This whitepaper summarises recent research regarding the social inclusion of young people in nursing homes, and further outlines the policy and practical challenges related to this issue. Original article  

09 Aug 2011


Younger people with disability in residential aged care: update from the 2009-10 Minimum Data Set

From the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, this report presents data from the Younger People with Disability in Residential Aged Care (YPIRAC) program during its first four years of operation to 2009-10. Original article  

27 Jul 2011


Balancing trust and control in the provision of disability employment services

How have changes to funding contracts affected the provision of social welfare services?  Original article  

13 Jul 2011


Students with a disability

This statistical compendium from the National Centre for Vocational Education Research presents data on VET participation, achievements and outcomes for people with a disability. Original article  

07 Jul 2011


Social Participation of People with a Disability, 2011

This publication from the Australian Bureau of Statistics examines ABS survey data of people with disability participating in a range of social activities. Topics in these surveys include people’s ability to leave their home and be part of their wider community, participation in a range of cultural and leisure activities and contact with family and friends. Original article  

29 Jun 2011


Mental health disabling young people

Mental disorders such as depression and schizophrenia are the leading cause of disability among young people, a new international study has revealed. Original article  

10 Jun 2011


My School flaws mask true picture for students with disabilities

The head of the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA), Professor Barry McGaw, admits the My School website doesn’t consider how results are skewed when pupils with special needs are included in a school’s literacy results. He is worried some schools may stop enrolling students with special needs for fear of poor literacy results. Original article  

27 Apr 2011


Survey for young people with a disability in education

The Government is reviewing Disability Standards for Education that aim to give young people with a disability equal opportunity to access and participate in education free from bullying and discrimination. AYAC (The Australian Youth Affairs Coalition) is preparing a submission and would like to hear the views of young people in Australia. Original article  

12 Apr 2011


Evaluation of the Self Directed Support Pilot for Children and Young Adults with a Physical Disability

This baseline report published by the Social Policy Research Centre provides early findings about the outcomes for participants and their families, implementation of the Self Directed Support pilot the process and cost analysis. Original article  

25 Mar 2011


What are the major drivers of prevalent disability burden in young Australians?

An article in the Medical Journal of Australia reports on the nature and conditions of disability among adolescents and young people in Australia. Original article  

10 Mar 2011


Disability Care and Support - Draft report

The Productivity Commission has issued a draft report and recommendations for disability care and support systems in Australia. Original article  

01 Mar 2011


COAG endorses Australia’s first National Disability Strategy

The first national strategy to provide a long term road map for improving the lives of Australians with disability, their families and carers has been endorsed by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG). www.ibtimes.com/articles/112734/20110215/coag-endorses-australia-s-first-national-disability-strategy.htm  

17 Feb 2011


Online bulimia treatment trial seeking participants

Jacqueline Baulch - a doctoral research student at Swinburne University - has developed an online treatment program in conjunction with the National e-Therapy Centre. www.cnet.ngo.net.au/content/view/51842/228/  

02 Feb 2011


Young people with a disability deserve better than nursing homes - Monash University

Young Australians with an acquired brain injury are more disconnected from their communities when living in aged care nursing homes than group homes according to new research published by Monash University and Di Winkler -- Director of Building Better Lives. www.cnet.ngo.net.au/content/view/51850/228/  

02 Feb 2011


Comparison of People With ABI Living in Two Accommodation Settings

Young Australians with an acquired brain injury are more disconnected from their communities when living in aged care nursing homes than group homes according to this research. www.atypon-link.com/AAP/doi/pdf/10.1375/brim.11.3.313?cookieSet=1


31 Jan 2011


Report on Government Services 2011

A report from the Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision (SCRGSP) into a range of government services for young people. www.pc.gov.au/gsp/reports/rogs/2011  

31 Jan 2011


New Clinic for Young People with an Intellectual Disability

Clinics at Concord and Bowral hospitals have been established by the Disability Assessment and Rehabilitation Team for Young People (DARTYP). www.cnet.ngo.net.au/content/view/51173/228/  

09 Dec 2010


'I Just Can't Hide It': 3CR Community Radio project featuring eight young women with a disability

This 3CR Community Radio project was first broadcast on International Day of People with Disability 3 December 2010. www.3cr.org.au/ijustcanthideit  

09 Dec 2010


Support & information for families of children & young people with developmental disability in NSW

Resourcing Families provides support and information to families of children and young people with developmental disability in NSW. www.resourcingfamilies.org.au  

24 Nov 2010


Upcoming events

22nd May 2013

Disability and Digital Inclusion
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Type: Conference, seminar

7th Dec 2012

Moving on Out
Location: Melbourne
Type: For young people

17th Jun 2014

NCID- Youth Employment in Sydney
Location: Sydney, NSW
Type: Conference, seminar

22nd May 2013

Indigenous youth 24 times as likely to be locked up, research shows

The Productivity Commission’s Report on Government Services released today showed indigenous young people aged 10 to 17 were almost 24 times as likely as non-indigenous young people to be locked up in youth detention centres in 2012-13.  bit.ly/1CFMNzW

30 Jan 2015

Appointment of Acting ACYS Director

Dr. Chris Rayner, Lecturer in Inclusive Education, at the University of Tasmania has been appointed as the Acting Director for the Australian Clearinghouse of Youth Studies (ACYS) following the news that Dr. Jeremy Prichard was stepping down from the role.  bit.ly/1CiCDGT

30 Jan 2015

THE U-turn program for at-risk youth will not be funded beyond the end of June

Despite the Federal Government promising funding for four years a statement issued yesterday by Justice Minister Vanessa Goodwin said U-turn would be funded only for the rest of 2014-15.   bit.ly/1LoKnK5

30 Jan 2015

Budget must chart a fairer path back to surplus: ACOSS

The Australian Council of Social Service today urged the Federal Government to focus on restoring revenue by addressing inefficient tax arrangements, rather than through spending cuts, and chart a fairer path back to surplus in its second Budget. In its Budget submission released today, the peak community sector body has identified more than $13 billion of potential savings in the next financial year, rising to over $18 billion in 2016-17, through measures which it says restore the integrity of Australia's progressive tax system. bit.ly/1ByZYkS

29 Jan 2015

Can’t throw, can’t catch: Australian kids are losing that sporting edge

Australians like to think themselves as sporting and fit – a concept reinforced by the success of the country’s elite athletes. But evidence is emerging that Australian kids are falling behind their international peers and are performing worse in skills such as kicking, throwing, catching and jumping than they were 30 years ago.  bit.ly/1yOOpGr

29 Jan 2015

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