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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.

Mentors: The secret sauce in a successful social enterprise

Kylie Wyatt Program Manager at Social Traders start-up incubation program “The Crunch” explains why a mentor should be part of any social enterprise start-up success strategy. Original article

22 Aug 2014

Federal budget 2014-15 fact sheet 2: work for the dole

The Tasmanian Council of Social Services has released a fact sheet that provides a rundown of changes that will occur as a result of the expanded work for the dole program being implemented. Original article 

22 Aug 2014

FUSE: Multicutural youth summit

FUSE is a three day summit in Sydney hosted by the Multicultural Youth Advocacy Network (MYAN), 22 - 24 October 2014. It will bring together the brightest young multicultural leaders from across Australia to build a national network of change-makers. Original article

22 Aug 2014

Australia's first sexting laws to be introduced

The new laws, which will be affect Victorians, will ensure that young people who receive or send raunchy but non-exploitative sexts are spared from child pornography offences and being placed on the sex offenders register. Original article

22 Aug 2014

Young philanthropists key for future

Young philanthropists are a 'greatest natural resource' and according to young social entrepreneur, Hunter Johnson, who spoke at the 2014 Youth in Philanthropy Graduation Ceremony in Melbourne, it is vital that Australia doesn’t leave them behind. Original article

22 Aug 2014

Do schools influence student engagement in the high school years?

The report from the National Centre for Vocational Education Research looks at whether school characteristics can influence the emotional and cognitive engagement of 15-year-olds with school, and finds that students' engagement with school has been well established and that school characteristics have little impact. Original article

20 Aug 2014

Young online activists more politically engaged than many older Australians, research shows

Young Australians are more politically engaged than many older Australians and are just as likely to stand for public office, according to new research done for the Museum of Australian Democracy. Original article

20 Aug 2014

Most teenagers think internet pornography is damaging, poll finds

Eight out of 10 British 18-year-olds surveyed by the thinktank IPPR felt it was too easy to accidentally view explicit images while surfing the internet, while 72% said pornography led to unrealistic views about sex. Original article

20 Aug 2014

Sizing up your friends – the stigma of obesity

Crikey's Journal Watch covers the issue of social exclusion during teenage years, and discusses the impact of weight on developing friendships. Original article

20 Aug 2014

TAFE in crisis? No, but the future is changing for vocational education

Since their inception in 1974, Technical and Further Education (TAFE) institutions have been the major providers of Vocational Education and Training (VET) in Australia. This may not be the case in the future. Original article

20 Aug 2014

What prospects do Burnie’s young unemployed really have?

This article from The Weekend Australian looks in-depth at the effects of multi-generational disadvantage in Tasmania's northwest. Original article

19 Aug 2014

Smith Family seeks national crackdown on truancy

The Smith Family has told the McClure welfare review that Australia takes a very slack approach to the issue of school attendance, which it says is key to ending welfare dependence. Original article

19 Aug 2014

Aboriginal health research is not black and white: Aboriginal research for beginners – lessons from the field

This report presents lessons from the field from an Aboriginal cultural consultant and a non-Aboriginal researcher, where working together has been a two-way learning experience. As a consultant, there has been greater insight into the research arena and as a non-Aboriginal researcher, valuable cultural lessons into the values, beliefs and protocols of an Aboriginal community. Original article

19 Aug 2014

In the news: Young Australian Muslims

Much has been reported recently about young Australian Muslims going overseas to engage in military activity, or the radicalisation of those young Muslims staying in or returning to Australia. Here are reports from several sources that present different views. More information

19 Aug 2014

Queensland 'worst' for youth unemployment

According to new figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, Queensland lays claim to having the highest youth unemployment rates of all states and territories. Original article

19 Aug 2014

Special report: Western Sydney's youth increasingly struggle to find jobs

This article from the Blacktown Sun provides case studies of youth unemployment in the western suburbs of Sydney. Original article

15 Aug 2014

Young Australians' attitudes to the military and military service

This article describes a pilot study of 320 young Australian university students’ attitudes to the military and military service during a time when Australia was engaged in the Afghanistan war. The main purpose of this study was to develop a survey instrument for further work in researching civil–military relations in Australia. Original article

15 Aug 2014

Australian and Danish young people connect over mental health

Youth mental health is an issue across the globe, so it's not surprising that the headspace model has received interest from a number of other countries. Denmark has been quick to adopt the model, opening six headspace centres and developing their own Youth Reference Group.  Original article

15 Aug 2014

The Dreamhouse

In this 6 part television series narrated by Adam Hills, 3 young adults with intellectual disabilities fly the nest and move into a new home for 10 weeks. Original article

15 Aug 2014

Developing a behavioural model of school attendance: policy implications for Indigenous children and youth

This paper from the Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research at the Australian National University, compiles data from several sources to provide understanding of the decisions young Indigenous people make about school attendance. Original article

15 Aug 2014

In the public eye: addressing the negative impact of laws regulating public space on people experiencing homelessness

This report from the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust presents 10 recommendations intended to create a better informed, more effective, more efficient response to people experiencing homelessness in public spaces. Original article

14 Aug 2014

Alcohol and other drug treatment services in Australia 2012-13

Alcohol continues to be the most common principal drug of concern and treatment for amphetamines is rising, according to this report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. Original article

14 Aug 2014

Generation debt – Y Australians are credit crazy

A consumer study conducted by financial comparison site RateCity has revealed that Australians are now taking on debt earlier in life, with age 20 the new average age for young people to purchase their first credit card. Original article

14 Aug 2014

Young IT gals are going to shake up businesses: Twitter Australia MD

Young women not only bring a different perspective in IT, they are also part of the generation who were born into tech and are not afraid to experiment with it, says Karen Stocks, MD of Twitter Australia. Original article

14 Aug 2014

Mission Australia criticises McClure Welfare Review proposals

In its submission to the McClure Welfare Review, Mission Australia has  questioned the McClure proposal to put all child and carer payments - including Youth Allowance, ABSTUDY and Family Tax Benefits - into the one category. Original article

14 Aug 2014

New research into cyberbullying

The Australian Government Department of Communications commissioned the Social Policy Research Centre (SPRC) at UNSW Australia, the University of South Australia, the University of Western Sydney, and the Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre, to research youth exposure to, and management of, cyberbullying incidents in Australia. Original article

13 Aug 2014

Open for business: new national centre of excellence targets better mental health for young people

Raising the number of young people who receive tailored, evidence-based care for emerging mood disorders is the aim of a new national centre of research excellence launching in Sydney. Named Optymise, the NHMRC-funded service puts young people and their families at the centre of mental health care. Original article

13 Aug 2014

Australian students lack skills to cope with life's problems, mental health study suggests

More than half of Australian students lack the skills to deal with life's difficulties, a survey has found, with many citing depression, stress and a lack of confidence. Original article

13 Aug 2014

Pre-apprenticeships ‘should be top of list’

Record jobless rates make secure funding more necessary than ever for proven youth employment programs, according to the authors of a new report on pre-apprenticeships. Original article

13 Aug 2014

FRRR ABC Heywire Youth Innovation grant recipients announced

ABC Heywire and the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) have announced the recipients of $100,000 in seed funding for projects by young people across regional Australia. Original article

13 Aug 2014

Youth unemployment in the news

As budget negotiations are still underway, discussion and debate continue about the impact of proposed changes on young people. More information

12 Aug 2014

NDIS rollout of services for young people a success

A progress report released by the Joint Standing Committee on the National Disability Insurance Scheme found the Tasmanian trial site was a success story. During the first stage of the NDIS in Tasmania the scheme will be rolled out to about 1000 Tasmanians with disability aged between 15 to 24 by July 2016. Original article

12 Aug 2014

Up to 65,000 students may have to repay loans sooner

About 65,000 people could be forced to start repaying their student loans sooner as part of the Abbott government’s plan to lower the income threshold, new figures reveal. Original article

12 Aug 2014

International Youth Day 2014

The theme of the United Nation's International Youth Day 2014 is "Youth and Mental Health." Original article

12 Aug 2014

Entrepreneurship is the key to addressing youth unemployment

Marketing firm, Hype Initiatives have suggested that implementing policies which encourage entrepreneurship would help raise the quality of jobs for the youth in Australia. Original article

12 Aug 2014

SA homelessness service identifies need for youth supervised housing

The Southern Country Generic Homeless Service says there is a need for supervised accommodation for young people in South Australia's Riverland. Original article

11 Aug 2014

Interactive: social security payments by electorate

Using ABS data, the ABC have set up a useful tool for reviewing the amounts of different welfare payments, including Youth Allowance and Newstart payments, dispersed across the country. Original article

11 Aug 2014

Young and Well Youth Brains Trust nominations open

The Youth Brains Trust are a group of enthusiastic and committed young people aged 12 - 25 from around Australia who are passionate about improving the wellbeing of their peers. They provide advice to the Young and Well CRC to ensure that their research agenda is relevant and meets the needs of young people. Nominations are open until 22 August 2014. Original article

11 Aug 2014

Boys miss out: Expert alarm bells as our young men struggle in school

Analysis of ABS data shows that boys in Tasmania are falling through the cracks and not attaining the same education results as girls or boys in other states and territories. Original article

11 Aug 2014

New resarch can predict suicide risk

In a new study conducted at the University of Queensland in Australia, researchers examined the relationship between psychosis and suicide attempts or self-harm in adolescents. Original article

11 Aug 2014

Unemployment surges to 12-year high; youth jobless figure hits 14 per cent

Bureau of Statistics figures show the jobless rate surged from June's reading of 6 per cent to 6.4 per cent last month - the worst reading since August 2002. Young people have been particularly hard-hit, with unemployment for 15-24-year-olds hitting 14.1 per cent - the highest level since October 2001. Original article

08 Aug 2014

The difference between ‘bullying’ and ‘everyday life’

Marilyn Campbell, Professor Faculty of Education, School of Cultural and Professional Learning at Queensland University of Technology, provides clarification on the definition and attributes of bullying, versus other behaviours that can, at times, be incorrectly classified as bullying. Original article

08 Aug 2014

Kids Central Toolkit

The toolkit includes key messages from research conducted by the Institute of Child Protection Studies, including messages from children and young people who informed the development of the kit, tools for engaging with children and families on sensitive issues, “pulse checks” to help organisations to assess their level of child-centredness, and case studies to help build reflective practice. Original article

08 Aug 2014

Are we adequately building the resilience of young Australians as they transition from school to work?

Young Australians experience disadvantage in the labour market for a number of reasons. Alexandra Loftus, sociology student from Charles Sturt University, says we need to connect young people to the working world as early as possible to expose them to the realities of the job market. Original article

08 Aug 2014

Mentors: The secret sauce in a successful social enterprise

Kylie Wyatt Program Manager at Social Traders start-up incubation program “The Crunch” explains why a mentor should be part of any social enterprise start-up success strategy. Original article

22 Aug 2014

Federal budget 2014-15 fact sheet 2: work for the dole

The Tasmanian Council of Social Services has released a fact sheet that provides a rundown of changes that will occur as a result of the expanded work for the dole program being implemented. Original article 

22 Aug 2014

FUSE: Multicutural youth summit

FUSE is a three day summit in Sydney hosted by the Multicultural Youth Advocacy Network (MYAN), 22 - 24 October 2014. It will bring together the brightest young multicultural leaders from across Australia to build a national network of change-makers. Original article

22 Aug 2014

Australia's first sexting laws to be introduced

The new laws, which will be affect Victorians, will ensure that young people who receive or send raunchy but non-exploitative sexts are spared from child pornography offences and being placed on the sex offenders register. Original article

22 Aug 2014

Young philanthropists key for future

Young philanthropists are a 'greatest natural resource' and according to young social entrepreneur, Hunter Johnson, who spoke at the 2014 Youth in Philanthropy Graduation Ceremony in Melbourne, it is vital that Australia doesn’t leave them behind. Original article

22 Aug 2014

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