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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.

Happiness is a bicycle

The Happiness Cycle program, being rolled out in Tasmania, is all about helping local 15- and 16-year-olds to live a sustained more healthy and active lifestyle by getting them on brand new bikes that they build themselves! Original story

27 Nov 2014

VCOSS strategies for youth unemployment

The Victorian Council of Social Service (VCOSS) has produced a new paper entitled 'Tackling unemployment: Towards a workforce participation plan for all Victorians', in which it outlines four strategies to help tackle unemployment for the most vulnerable, including youth, in Victoria. Original article

27 Nov 2014

Call for housing fund for young Victorians

An alliance of peak bodies and community organisations is calling on the next Victorian government to provide a guaranteed rent subsidy and appropriate supports for all young people leaving state care. Original article

27 Nov 2014

Game On: Know Alcohol

A Griffith University research project designed to educate young people about alcohol has found that the majority (66%) of 14-16 year olds do not drink alcohol. Original article 

25 Nov 2014

White Ribbon Day – stand up against violence against women

Today is White Ribbon Day. More than 1,000 events are being held across Australia today to to publicise the need to stop violence against women. The White Ribbon website contains many resources to help stop this violence. Original article

25 Nov 2014

NRL players promoting social inclusion in Sydney schools

 Australian Federal Police have approached the NRL to run the social inclusion program ‘In League in Harmony’ at a Sydney high school. Original article

25 Nov 2014

Workplace policy for physical and mental wellbeing

Young and Well CRC have launched their Wellbeing policy: A Young and Well CRC guide to being safe, healthy and resilient in the workplace. Original article

25 Nov 2014

Youthy – mobile youth news

Like your news mobile? Check out ACYS's flipboard news service, Youthy, online and on your mobile, for engaging news stories about young Australians. Original article 

24 Nov 2014

Passion leads to top apprentice award

Melinda Lethbridge, who has a Certificate III in Engineering – Mechanical Trade, has won Australian Apprentice of the Year 2014. Passionate about promoting maths education and manufacturing career development, Melinda tutors primary and secondary students, as well as refugees from Burma. Original article

24 Nov 2014

Young women call on the PM to lead change on gender stereotypes

Participants in the YWCA She Speaks survey of 1600 young women, ages 15–30 in Australia have called for government funding of young women’s leadership programs. Original article

24 Nov 2014

Homeless young people and mobile phones

Research conducted on 95 families and young people experiencing homelessness found that 95% of participants had a mobile phone, a higher rate than that of the general population. Mobile phones were considered essential for survival and safety, for gaining new skills and for moving out of homelessness. Original article

24 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

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

Happiness is a bicycle

The Happiness Cycle program, being rolled out in Tasmania, is all about helping local 15- and 16-year-olds to live a sustained more healthy and active lifestyle by getting them on brand new bikes that they build themselves! Original story

27 Nov 2014

VCOSS strategies for youth unemployment

The Victorian Council of Social Service (VCOSS) has produced a new paper entitled 'Tackling unemployment: Towards a workforce participation plan for all Victorians', in which it outlines four strategies to help tackle unemployment for the most vulnerable, including youth, in Victoria. Original article

27 Nov 2014

Call for housing fund for young Victorians

An alliance of peak bodies and community organisations is calling on the next Victorian government to provide a guaranteed rent subsidy and appropriate supports for all young people leaving state care. Original article

27 Nov 2014

Game On: Know Alcohol

A Griffith University research project designed to educate young people about alcohol has found that the majority (66%) of 14-16 year olds do not drink alcohol. Original article 

25 Nov 2014

White Ribbon Day – stand up against violence against women

Today is White Ribbon Day. More than 1,000 events are being held across Australia today to to publicise the need to stop violence against women. The White Ribbon website contains many resources to help stop this violence. Original article

25 Nov 2014

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