Face the Facts 

Face the facts analyses emerging issues and upcoming trends in the youth sector, and presents information about these issues in several formats:

Briefings – an in-depth report that reveals the complex factors at play and presents a ‘lay of the land’ view of the key issues involved. We include the major players, relevant policy implications and indications of where this issue may go in the future.

Snapshots – a short, sharp overview of the issue’s major themes and critical points, combined with informative graphics and statistics.

Case studies - insightful reports on programs or services working in the Face the Fact topic area.  These provide background information, analysis of what worked, and reflections on successes and areas for improvement.

Podcasts and webinars - interviews and discussions with experienced practitioners, recognised researchers, and young people provide the personal insights that are vital to round out understanding and knowledge of an issue.


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Young Australians and sexual health

You can download our briefing for a clear and comprehensive overview of academic research into emerging issues in youth sexual health education.

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Muslim spiritual leader warns young people of potential harm of social media

The spiritual leader of Muslims in Australia, Ibrahim Abu Mohammad, has warned young people not to trust ‘Sheik Google and Sheik YouTube’, saying they are ‘very dangerous and they have no moral or religious authority’. Original article

16 Sep 2014

Still time for nominations for The Young People’s Human Rights Medal

Nominations for the 2014 Australian Human Rights Awards, which include The Young People’s Human Rights Medal, have been extended for an extra two weeks. The closing date for nominations is now Friday 26 September. Original article

16 Sep 2014

Young people who have missed out will have a ball

Mission Australia will hold its second Youth Ball in Perth on Friday 10 October, during 2014 Mental Health Week. This event is for young people who may have never had a chance to attend a school ball due to factors such as alcohol and other drug misuse, homelessness, non-engagement with school and employment, and backgrounds of family and domestic conflict and violence. Original article

16 Sep 2014

Welfare sector calls for youth employment strategy

The Australian Council of Social Service has called on the Australian Government to bring together key experts to develop a comprehensive youth employment strategy to tackle Australia’s high youth employment levels. Original article

12 Sep 2014

Sweeping changes to VET regulation

Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane has announced that 'high performing' VET providers won’t need permission from the Australian Skills Standards Agency to change courses or introduce new ones. Also, from 1 July 2015, the government will move from a contract with 12 Industry Skills Councils to a more contestable model for the development and maintenance of training packages, with development put out to tender. Original article

12 Sep 2014

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