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The Children and Young People in Tasmania (CAYPIT) resource, launched in July 2008, is designed to facilitate statistics, qualitative research and other information to a cross section of audiences, including young people, policy makers, program planners and service providers at a state, regional and local level.

Each CAYPIT category includes an 'At a Glance' snapshot of children and young people for that topic. The resource provides a current snapshot of children and young people in Tasmania.

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Kids Help Line Tasmania 2005 Report

General information

  • In 2005, Kids Help Line received 14,630* telephone and online contacts from Tasmania and were able to respond to 7,049* of these contacts (6,377* telephone contacts and 672 online contacts).
  • 38% of calls to Kids Help Line required counselling or support.
  • 29 young people from Tasmania reported current thoughts of suicide, while 72 young people reported having deliberately injured themselves (as distinct from suicidality).
  • 11% of telephone callers were referred to other support services in their local area. Duty-of-Care actions, such as contacting an emergency service or child protection agency, were required for 9 Tasmanian callers.

* Estimation due to 6 days of missing data.

Location of callers

Region % of calls
North-east Tasmania (incl. Launceston) 26%
North-west Tasmania 21%
Southern Tasmania (incl. Hobart) 35%
Tasmanian mobiles 18%

The following figures are based on data gathered from 958 telephone counselling sessions with children and young people in Tasmania aged 5-25 years:

Age and sex of callers

Age Females Males Total
5-9 years 1.1% 0.7% 1.8%
10-14 years 33.0% 7.2% 40.2%
15-18 years 39.3% 9.8% 49.2%
19-25 years 7.9% 0.9% 8.8%
Total 81.4% 18.6% 100.0%

10 most frequent concerns of Tasmanian KHL clients, 2005

Concern Proportion of Tasmanian contacts Proportion of national contacts
Family relationships 14.7% 17.7%
Peer relationships 13.6% 13.4%
Partner relationships 10.5% 10.0%
Emotional/behavioural management 7.7% 7.1%
Mental health 4.7% 6.9%
Eating/weight issues 4.4% 1.1%
Pregnancy 4.0% 3.0%
Child abuse 3.8% 4.9%
Bullying 3.8% 5.8%
Development issues 3.3% 1.8%

The report is available for download from the Kids Help Line website: http://www.kidshelp.com.au

Source: Kids Help Line 2006, Tasmania 2005 Report, Kids Help Line, Milton, QLD [viewed 25/01/2007].

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'Jump Start' Autobody Scholarships, 2005

National insurer NRMA has partnered the Institute of TAFE Tasmania to pay for 12 pre-apprentice scholarships in the smash repair industry.

The 'Jump Start' Autobody scholarships will provide a total of $8000 to each employer and student who successfully completes the 18-week pre-employment program and follows on to complete their apprenticeship, specialising in panelbeating or spray painting.

The course covers panelbeating, spray painting, financial administration, business ethics and life skills. Graduates have a job opportunity as an apprentice in the NRMA insurance repairer network.

Currently there are more than 230 people involved in Jump Start nationally.

For more information about the 'Jump Start' programs, log on to: http://www.jumpstartyourcareer.com.au/act/info.htm

Source: The Mercury, 4 October 2005, p.9.

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Drug survey, 2004

Figures from an Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report released 17 June 2005:

  • Ecstasy use in Tasmania has doubled in three years since 2001 (from 0.8% to 1.6% of the population).
  • Teen smoking rates have risen 50% (nationally rates have fallen nearly 50%).
    • In 2001, 11.4% of teens smoked daily, compared to 17.2% in 2004 (nationally the rate dropped from 15.1% to 10.7%).
    • Among all age groups, 21.5% of Tasmanians aged over 14 smoked daily, up from 21% (nationally the rate fell from 19.5% to 17.4%).
  • Overall illicit drug use in Tasmania has also grown, while nationally it has fallen.
    • In 2001, 14.3% of Tasmanians over 14 said they took illicit drugs in the previous 12 months, 11.9% marijuana.
    • In 2004, 15.4% took one of a range of illicit drugs, 10.9% marijuana.

Source: Hobart Mercury, 18/6/2005, p.1.
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, The 2004 National Drug Strategy Household Survey: State and Territory Supplement [viewed 25/01/2007].

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Unemployment rate, 2005

According to the Bureau of Statistics Labour Force Survey, released in February 2005, there has been a reduction in unemployment in Tasmania.

Tasmania's unemployment rate is 5.4% (national rate is 5.1%).

Unemployment rates in Tasmania over the past decade:
March 1995: 10.5%
Sept 1995: 9.1%
1997: 10.9%
1999: 8.6%
2004: 6.4%

Source: Hobart Mercury, 24/3/2005, p.18.
ABS Labour Force Statistics [viewed 25/01/2007].

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Number of road deaths, August 2004

Figures from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau confirm that deaths are more common on country roads and among young people.

Number of deaths on Tasmanian roads since 1989: 833
  • nearly two-thirds were killed in 100km/h or 110km/h speed-limited zones
  • nearly one-third of the 833 deaths were aged 16 to 25

Source: The Mercury, 11/08/2004, p.43.
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau URL is: http://www.atsb.gov.au
[viewed 25/01/2007].

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Young People in Tasmania, 2001

Percent of Tasmanian population aged 12-25 years: 18%

Percent of 12- to 25-year-olds in Tasmania living in the:
southern region of the state: 51%
northern: 28%
north-western: 21%

Percent of 15- to 19-year-olds seeking full-time work, 2000/01: 54%
... seeking part-time work: 46%
Number of young people in Tasmania seeking full-time work, 2001 Census: 3,305 males; 1,623 females

Unemployment rate for 15- to 24-year-olds in Tasmania, 2001: 19.2% (almost twice that of total Tasmanian population)
Labour force participation rate for 20- to 24-year-olds in Tasmania, 2001: 74.7%

Source: Fraser, C. & Fraser, D. 2003, Young People in Tasmania: A statistical and demographic profile of issues and service provision for young people, Office of Youth Affairs, Department of Education, Hobart, p.3. [viewed 25/01/2007].

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