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Media release

15 September 2009

Youth Studies Australia
v.28, n.3, September 2009

YSA September cover

Published by the Australian Clearinghouse for Youth Studies

This issue looks at the following questions:

  • What should a new youth justice centre look like?
  • Does civic participation work in disadvantaged schools at opposite ends of the country?
  • Are school students who work for large corporations exploited?
  • Are youth workers worth as much as nurses and teachers?
  • Should youth workers collectively organise to achieve better conditions and professional status?
  • Do Indigenous young people form gangs for the same reasons as non-Indigenous youth?
  • How can organisations effectively consult with young people?


1. Building a human rights youth justice system
by Paul Wyles

The Australian Capital Territory's Human Rights Act 2004 and the establishment of an ACT Human Rights Commission have begun to create a human rights culture in the ACT. This paper highlights the influence of this culture on the design and build of the ACT's new youth justice centre.

2. Civic participation through the curriculum
by Rosalyn Black, Helen Stokes, Malcolm J. Turnbull & Josh Levy

The ruMAD? (are you Making a Difference?) program encourages, educates and empowers young people to enact social change within their school and community. The authors use case studies involving two schools in highly disadvantaged areas of Australia to discuss the effectiveness of the program.

3. School students and part-time work:
Workplace problems and challenges
by Erica Smith & Wendy Patton

The findings of a large national project on the part-time working careers of full-time students aged 15 to 24 challenge some widely held perceptions of large corporations that employ school students.

4. 'Please sir, I want some more'
Securing better pay and conditions for youth workers in Australia
by Michael Emslie

In this paper, youth workers' pay is compared with general wage growth and the wages of those undertaking similar work, and a case is made for pay parity to attract and keep competent workers in the youth sector.

5. Why youth workers need to collectively organise
by Tim Corney, Robyn Broadbent & Lisa Darmanin

Recent attempts at professionalising the youth sector have focused on 'codes of ethics' and left pay and conditions issues to community sector unions. The authors suggest that the history of nursing in Victoria provides a case example of the benefits of combining professional aspirations with industrial organisation.

6. Indigenous youth and gangs as family
by Rob White

This paper explores the ways in which Indigenous young people experience gang activity as stemming from family membership and family obligations. Based on recent gang research in Australia, the paper provides firsthand accounts of what 'life in the gang / life in the family' means for Indigenous young people.

7. Parallels between on and offline youth participation
by Kirsty Leong, Luella Paine and Alex Hughes

This short article is a transcript of a presentation given by policy officers from the Victorian Office for Youth at the My Space, Your Space, Our Space: Australia and NZ Adolescent Health Conference, which was held in Melbourne in 2008.

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