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Youth Studies Australia,
v.24, n.3, September 2005:

Who is upholding the rights of young workers? A profile of advocacy groups in Australia
by Paula McDonald and Kerriann Dear

Youth Studies Australiav.24, n.3, 2005, pp. 10-16

Young people make up one-fifth of the Australian labour force, yet are often subjected to poor working conditions, compromised health and safety standards, workplace bullying and harassment and unsatisfactory pay. These problems are compounded by changes in the labour market, including the push for deregulation and the continuing erosion of employment security. Paula McDonald and Kerriann Dear profile the organisations and processes that attempt to protect the rights of young workers, including the roles, strengths and limitations of: legislation, government agencies, unions and non-government organisations. They conclude with recommendations for strengthening legal and policy frameworks to protect young workers’ rights and improve their prospects and experiences in Australian workplaces.

Australian apprentices and gambling
by Nicki Dowling, David Clarke, Lynda Memery and Tim Corney

Youth Studies Australiav.24, n.3, 2005, pp. 17-23

Recent evidence suggests that young people are at an increased risk for developing problem gambling compared to adults. However, relatively little is known about the gambling behaviour and gambling-related problems of young workers. This survey of Australian apprentices revealed high rates of gambling and gambling-related problems, particularly in relation to gambling on games of skill, racing and casino table games, and low rates of help-seeking for gambling-related problems. The findings imply that there is a need for effective health promotion and intervention targeted at this group of young workers.

Mental health services: What young people who are homeless say
by Matt Dixon and Sian Lloyd

Youth Studies Australiav.24, n.3, 2005, pp. 24-30

The Young People’s Health Service at the Centre for Adolescent Health in Melbourne undertook a literature review and a small research project to evaluate the mental health service it provides to young people who are homeless. Nineteen young people were interviewed as well as a number of service providers. The evaluation found that young people wanted a mental health service that provided people to talk to whom they liked and trusted, who listened and allowed them to “go at their own pace”, and who offered practical strategies for dealing with issues.

Homeless youth in the country: Exploring options for change
by Jane Farrin, Maureen Dollard and Brian Cheers

Youth Studies Australiav.24, 2005, n.3, pp. 31-36

There has been little research into rural youth homelessness despite the fact that significant numbers of young people in rural areas experience problems relating to their accommodation. This paper reports on an initial exploratory study that aims to inform a larger more detailed study of homelessness issues in rural communities. Specifically, the paper draws on recent findings regarding rural homelessness, examines them in the face of expert opinions in the area of youth homelessness and identifies possible strategies for rural communities.

Young drivers: Developing personal control
by Sarah Redshaw

Youth Studies Australiav.24, n.3, 2005, pp. 37-41

Focus group discussion on questions relating to control of motor vehicles, control of other external conditions and self-control has been part of ongoing research into the social and cultural factors affecting young people’s approach to driving. In these discussions, the young men tended to focus on car-handling skills – any mention of self-control was predominantly indirect – while the young women made direct references to self-control, but only infrequently. In general, in regard to control in driving, these young drivers tended to focus more on control of the car and less on the development of self-control skills.

Pathways and pitfalls: Refugee young people in and around the education system
by Louise Olliff and Jen Couch

Youth Studies Australiav.24, n.3, 2005, pp. 42-46

Young refugees in Australia are provided with six months of intensive English language instruction, but for many recent arrivals with disrupted or non-existent educational backgrounds, this amount of instruction does not provide them with sufficient language skills to cope successfully with secondary schooling, to obtain employment or to undertake further training. This research into ESL provision in suburban Melbourne reveals the need to extend English language instruction in and out of schools and to make access to the programs more flexible for refugee young people.

An agenda for change: Developing good practice principles in working with young refugees
by Jen Couch

Youth Studies Australiav.24, n.3, 2005, pp. 47-50

Workers in organisations and agencies that serve young refugees have highlighted the need for guidelines to direct practice. To address this need, good practice principles have been developed by a refugee young people working group in Victoria. The principles are based on the values of trust, understanding and social justice and access. Jen Couch, from the Centre for Multicultural Youth Issues, proposes that the principles should be incorporated within a refugee rights model of social policy and service delivery, rather than a service model based on needs. A human rights approach acknowledges the trauma that young refugees have experienced and their right to a ‘normal’ life in Australia.

Making up for lost time: Southern Sudanese young refugees in high schools
by Elizabeth Cassity and Greg Gow

Youth Studies Australiav.24, n.3, 2005, pp. 51-55

How are recently arrived refugee young people from Southern Sudan faring in Australian high schools? A project undertaken with young refugees from three schools in the Western Sydney suburbs of Blacktown and Bankstown suggests that schools can act as sites where Southern Sudanese young people can come to terms with the trauma of forced migration, and make the transition to citizenship and belonging in multicultural Australia.