The contacts listed here are also available in each of the topic headings.
A website for those interested or involved in the ABCDs of parenting teenagers, whether a parent or a professional. The ABCD: Parenting young adolescents is a program for parents of children who are about to enter their teenage years. ABCD helps parents understand the challenges their children face as they negotiate this critical period in their lives.
Community Health provides a range of services to youth at risk in the community. These include information, assessment education and referral in all areas that affect the health of a young person. Services are provided in collaboration with other youth services at locations across Canberra.
The Alcohol and other Drugs Council of Australia (ADCA) is the peak, national, non-government organisation representing the interests of the Australian alcohol and other drugs sector, providing a national voice for people working to reduce the harm caused by alcohol and other drugs.
The Association for the Wellbeing of Children in Healthcare (AWCH) is a national, non-profit organisation of parents, professionals and community members who work together to ensure the emotional and social needs of children, adolescents and their families are recognised and met within hospitals and the health care system in Australia.
The Australian Government Attorney-General's Department provides support to the Government in the maintenance and development of Australia's system of law and justice and its national security and emergency management systems.
The website contains information on access to justice, crime and anti-discrimination issues.
Australia21 is an independent, non-profit organisation whose core purpose is multidisciplinary research and inquiry on issues of strategic importance to Australia in the 21st century. Their work concentrates on 4 thematic programs:
The Australia Council for the Arts is the Australian Government's arts funding and advisory body. Its mission is to enrich the lives of Australians and their communities by supporting the creation and enjoyment of the arts.
Contact information: www.australiacouncil.gov.au/contact_us
The Convention on the Rights of the Child (CROC) is a United Nations (UN) declaration that Australia signed up to in December 1990. It represents a set of rights that nearly every government in the world has agreed that all children are entitled to.
AARE is the national association for fostering educational research in Australia.
Based in the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), the Australian Centre for Child and Youth: Culture and Wellbeing is an innovative interdisciplinary 21st century centre that integrates technology, research, teaching and practice in fields pertaining to the culture and wellbeing of children and youth.
The Centre has a diverse and high profile advisory board, and a growing list of partners and collaborations. Experts, both field practitioners and academics from across all disciplines, are working with industry and a range of research friends on projects designed to have strong and sustainable practical outcomes.
The Australian Centre for the Study of Sexual Assault (ACSSA) is funded by the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) and is hosted by the Australian Institute of Family Studies. ACSSA is a central collection point for research, information and resources about sexual assault in Australia. Their key role is to facilitate access to the growing evidence-base on sexual assault and to support organisations, agencies and others use research and evidence in shaping policy, practice and research directions in responding to, and reducing, sexual assault.
Information for those involved in the care of children/youth and interested in the potential impact of trauma, loss and grief experiences. The network is based at the Australian National University in Canberra and has a national focus with links to key stakeholders across each state and territory.
ACAORN coordinates research collaboration among Australian child and adolescent obesity research groups.
The ACTF is a national non-profit organisation involved in providing Australian children with entertaining media made especially for them, and which makes an enduring contribution to their cultural and educational experience. The ACTF acts as a funding body for other children’s television producers offering both script development funding and production investment. Recent funding decisions can be found in the Funding section.
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) is a statutory authority within the federal government portfolio of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy.
The ACMA is responsible for the regulation of:
Australian Council for Children and Youth Organisaitons (ACCYO) is a national not-for-profit organisation that assists organisations to safeguard children and young people. The ACCYO Safeguarding Children Program provides effective standards, training and an accreditation program that help organisations to strengthen their capacity to protect children and young people in their care.
In addition to conducting research in education, ACER provides a range of services to the sector, including test scoring services, AQTF survey processing, evaluation service for effective schools and professional learning opportunities for educators.
The ACCM (incorporated as Young Media Australia) provides information on the role that media experiences play in that development so that policy decisions and media development will build and maintain an environment that fosters the health, safety and wellbeing of Australian children.
The Australian Disability Clearinghouse on Education and Training (ADCET) is a web based information source that provides up to date, accurate and comprehensive information about inclusive teaching, learning and assessment strategies, accommodations and support services for people with disabilities.
This is a national resource on issues of domestic violence and family violence, a central point for the collection and dissemination of Australian domestic and family violence policy, practice and research. The clearinghouse produces quarterly newsletters and issue papers, in addition to comprehensive literature reviews and occasional research reports.
The Australian Drug Information Network (ADIN) provides a central point of access to quality Internet-based alcohol and other drug information provided by prominent organisations in Australia and internationally. ADIN is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing as part of the National Drug Strategy and managed by the Australian Drug Foundation.
AFRC is an information and advisory unit that provides advice and information for families, including parenting, relationships between family members, family breakdown and other issues that affect family relationships.
The Australian Human Rights Commission is the new name of the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission. The Commission was established in 1986 by an act of the federal Parliament. We are an independent statutory organisation and report to the federal Parliament through the Attorney-General.
The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet aims to inform practice and policy in Indigenous health by making research and other knowledge readily accessible to contribute to ‘closing the gap’ in health between Indigenous and other Australians.
AIME Indigenous Corporation provides a six-year Mentoring Program for Indigenous Australian students to access while undertaking their high school studies from Year 7 through to Year 12. AIME partners university student volunteers in a one-on-one mentoring relationship with a high school Indigenous student, for an hour a week over the course of a 17-week program. AIME's goals are to improve Year 10 completion rates, Year 12 completion rates and university admission rates for all participating students.
The overall aim of the Association is to actively promote the mental health and well being of infants, children, adolescents and their families or carers.
The Australian Institute of Family Studies is an Australian Government statutory agency in the portfolio of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. It undertakes research into issues that affect family wellbeing.
It manages four clearinghouses:
The Foundation has adopted an active role to develop intercultural initiatives. It operates through consultation with all community organisations, institutions, other foundations, Government and employer and employee bodies. In addition to providing funding, programs and initiatives, it assists all Australians to participate in bodies, organisations and institutions that are important to citizenship and community responsibility.
Promoting a Healthy Australia (the Australian National Preventive Health Agency) is committed to improving health outcomes for all Australians. In partnership with the Commonwealth and the state and territory governments, the Agency is driving the national capacity for change and innovation around preventive health policies and programs.
APO is a news service and library specialising in Australian public policy reports and articles from academic research centres, think tanks, government and non-government organisations. As well as research, the site features opinion and commentary pieces, video, audio and web resources focused on the policy issues facing Australia.
The website and news service are considered essential reading for anyone interested in public policy issues in Australia. Australian Policy Online is a not-for-profit project of the Institute for Social Research in the Faculty of Life and Social Sciences at Swinburne University of Technology.
ARACY is a national non-profit organisation of more than 1200 members (organisations and individuals) involved in research and collaboration in the child and youth sectors.
The Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society (ARCSHS) carries out interdisciplinary research on sexuality and health that, within the context of society, draws on a social model of health and promotes social justice. It is a leading national and an international Centre for research on sexuality, health and gender and for research training in these fields. It also aims to achieve international recognition for knowledge transfer into policy and practice.
FIDO is the consumer website of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC). ASIC is the consumer protection regulator for financial services. They also regulate and enforce laws that promote honesty and fairness in financial products and services, in financial markets, and in Australian companies. Their website includes information of relevance to young people, such as handing debt and scams and rip offs.
ATOM is an independent, non-profit, professional association for Teachers of Media and Teachers who wish to use media effectively in their classroom. ATOM aims to foster and encourage a generation of students who are both multi-literate and 'technologically savvy'. Metro Magazine and Australian Screen Education magazine are owned by the Australian Teachers of Media.
The Australian Temperament Project (ATP) is an ongoing, longitudinal study following young people’s psychosocial development from infancy to adulthood, investigating the contribution of personal, family, peer and broader environmental factors to adjustment and wellbeing.
The Australian Youth Mentoring Network is a national hub for youth mentoring research, tools and resources. The organisation works with interested youth mentoring organisations and practitioners to foster the growth and development of high quality mentoring programs for young people in Australia by providing a national base of collaboration, support, guidance and expertise.
ANTaR is the preeminent non-Indigenous national advocacy organisation dedicated specifically to the rights - and overcoming the disadvantage - of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Australia’s peak bodies for young people and the sector that supports them – the Australian Youth Affairs Coalition (AYAC), the Youth Affairs Council of Victoria (YACVic), Youth Action NSW, Youth Coalition of the ACT, Youth Affairs Network Queensland (YANQ), Youth Network of Tasmania (YNOT), Youth Affairs Council of Western Australia (YACWA) and the Youth Affairs Council of South Australia (YACSA) – have raised joint concerns about the Final Report of the Reference Group on Welfare Reform to the Minister for Social Service (the McClure Report).
The youth peaks welcomed some of the report’s recommendations, such as a national Jobs Plan for people with disabilities and mental illness, and clearer financial information for people receiving income support. However, other aspects of the report were greeted with concern. See more
It may come as no surprise to many parents that half of Australians aged 18-24 are still living at home, with most young people saying money is a factor. Here's a snapshot of the latest stats from the ABS. Australians in the next age group, 25-34 years old, are more likely to have left, but an estimated 17 per cent still have not left the nest. See more
February 10th was Safer Internet Day. A day when we should remember kids like Sheniz Erkan. Sheniz was a 14-year-old Melbourne girl who was bullied on the internet. She took her own life in 2012.
Sheniz is not alone. About 25 per cent of child suicides each year are due to bullying. Bullying can take a number of forms, one of which is cyberbullying. Cyberbullying typically occurs via the use of social media networks. Research published by ACMA last year showed that 21 per cent of 14-15 year olds had been exposed to cyberbullying. In a 2013 global poll Australia was ranked as being the worst country in the world for bullying on social media network. The government is taking steps to address the alarming rate of cyberbullying being suffered by Australian children. The Enhancing Online Safety for Children Bill 2014 had its first reading in Parliament in December last year and a senate report on the bill is due in March. See more
Do you know someone under 18 that would be interested in sharing their views on issues for children and young people? The new Tasmanian Commissioner for Children, Mark Morrissey, would like to invite you to assist him with establishing a new way of hearing children and young people’s voices across Tasmania about the issues they face through new regional children and young person advisory groups. They are currently seeking children and young people who are interested in being part of these groups.
There will be two regional advisory groups in each region, North, North West and South. The groups will be 6 to 8 members with one for children under 12 years of age and the other for young people from 12 to 17 years of age. The advisory groups will meet in the region 3 to 4 times a year. See more
YOUNG people should have government benefits paid to their parents instead of their own accounts — until they turn 22 — under changes proposed to the welfare system. A report into Australia’s social security system has suggested simplifying welfare payments and places responsibility for financial support of young people firmly on their parents. Currently students are generally able to access their own welfare payments once they are 18 years old, and younger if they worked full-time, have a child or are unable to live at home due to extreme circumstances. The review led by Patrick McClure AO, noted that children were leaving home later, and suggested that if they were eligible for payments, this should be provided to their parents instead of being deposited into the young person’s account. See more