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This project set out to be a source for finding facts and statistics about Australia's youth: how many there are, what they do and what they're like. The site aimed to provide quick access to data about young people, and to help you get to the facts fast.

Unfortunately, we do not have the resources to maintain Youth Facts and Stats at this time due to ongoing funding constraints.

Please note therefore that the web pages in this section have not been updated since December 2008.

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HEALTH | Proposed national strategy on body image presented to the Australian Government
The Minister for Youth, Kate Ellis, has accepted a report which addresses the problem of negative body image amongst young people. The report, entitled Proposed National Strategy on Body Image, has been developed by the National Advisory Group on Body Image.
More details (updated 2009-11-16)


MENTAL HEALTH | Inspire launches new Reach Out Pro website
The Inspire Foundation has launched a new version of its Reach Out Pro website, which offers health care professionals information and advice on using online resources to provide psychosocial support and mental health care for young people.
More details (updated 2009-11-13)


SEXUAL HEALTH | Inaugural Australian Sexual Health Week, 9–15 November
(2009-11-12) To spread the safe sex message across Australia, sexual health and reproductive organisation Marie Stopes International, with support from Family Planning QLD and Sexual Health & Family Planning ACT, has developed and launched Australia's first ever national Sexual Health Week, being held 9 –15 November.
More details (updated 2009-11-12)


INDIGENOUS YOUTH | Ministerial Council launches draft Indigenous education plan
The Ministerial Council for Education, Early Childhood Development and Youth Affairs (MCEECDYA) has agreed on a draft Indigenous education action plan (IEAP) to guide the national effort towards closing the gaps in early childhood and school education outcomes for Indigenous Australians.
More details (updated 2009-11-11)


EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING | Rudd government to fund 21,000 new Kickstart Apprenticeship places
This summer up to 21,000 government-supported apprenticeships will be made available to young people, financed through the Jobs Fund as part of the government's economic stimulus package. The government will invest $100 million to help fund these Apprentice Kickstart program places.
More details (updated 2009-11-10)


PARTICIPATION | youTHINK: live and online event to be held this Thursday
Young Australians are invited to participate in the Australian Youth Forum's youTHINK: live and online webcast event this Thursday, 12 November.
More details (updated 2009-11-09)


INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVES | Launched recently in Paris: UNESCO's World Report, Investing in cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue
UNESCO's World Report Investing in Cultural Diversity and Intercultural Dialogue, which was launched in late October, urges governments across the globe to recognise the importance of acknowledging and maintaining cultural diversity.
More details (updated 2009-11-09)


PARTICIPATION | Young people invited to have their say on the next big question facing Australia
The latest Australian Youth Forum 'Have Your Say' discussion topic, launched on 13 October, invites young people to nominate what they think is the next big question facing Australia.
More details (updated 2009-11-06)


MULTICULTURAL ISSUES | Centre for Multicultural Youth (CMY) releases new information sheets for young people involved in sport
The CMY has released two sets of 'sports tips' to help young people involved in sport. The first gives guidelines for resolving conflict on the sports field. The second is aimed at supporting migrants and refugees who are, or want to be, involved in local sport.
More details (updated 2009-11-06)


CRIME AND JUSTICE | Juvenile detention rates on the rise in Australia
(2009-11-05) A report released yesterday by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) found that the number of young people in juvenile justice detention is increasing.
More details (updated 2009-11-05)


EDUCATION | The Australian Government hosts national forum for school principals to discuss changes in schooling, including the new national curriculum
A two-day national forum for 150 school principals will be held on 10–11 November, and will be overseen by Julia Gillard, the Minister for Education. Topics to be discussed include the new national curriculum, reporting, literacy and numeracy, school infrastructure, Indigenous education and student wellbeing.
More details (updated 2009-11-05)


INTERNATIONAL | Report says investment in children and young people would save the UK billions
A new report, Backing the future, launched recently by children’s charity Action for Children and nef (the new economics foundation) calls for a more preventative model of investment in children and young people.
More details (updated 2009-11-04)


PARTICIPATION | Prime Minister's Australian Youth Forum (AYF) Challenge announced
(2009-11-02) The challenge, announced in late October, will enable young people aged 12 to 24 from across the nation to put forward innovative ideas about how they can become more fully involved in their local communities. This new national competition will provide for grants of up to $15,000 for winners to carry through their ideas.
More details (updated 2009-11-04)


INDIGENOUS YOUTH | Indigenous children and out-of-home care standards
The Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care (SNAICC), the national nongovernment peak body in Australia representing the interests of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families, has urged consultants KPMG to consider the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children as a central concern when it prepares national standards for out-of-home care.
More details (updated 2009-11-03)


VIOLENCE | Deadline extended for submissions to inquiry into the impact of violence on young Australians
The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Family, Community, Housing and Youth has extended the deadline for submissions to its inquiry into the impact of violence on young Australians.
More details (updated 2009-11-03)


POLICY | Reach Out is encouraging young people to contribute to the new National Strategy for Young Australians
Young people can have direct input to the new National Strategy for Young Australians by adding their ideas and comments to the ROtreat forums on the Reach Out website.
More details (updated 2009-11-01)


MENTORING | Youth Mentoring Week reveals research into the true state of play of youth mentoring programs across Australia
Last week (25–31 October) was Youth Mentoring Week, organised by the Australian Youth Mentoring Network (AYMN), and along with the celebrations, AYMN has launched its latest findings into what is really happening in the youth mentoring sector.
More details (updated 2009-11-01)


CARE AND PROTECTION | National apology to the Forgotten Australians and former child migrants
The apology follows unanimous calls to start the healing process heard during the three Senate Inquiries, such as, 'Lost innocents: Righting the record' (2001); 'Forgotten Australians: A report on Australians who experienced institutional or out-of-home care as children' (2004); and the recent 'Lost innocents and forgotten Australians revisited' report (2009).
More details (updated 2009-10-28)


UNITED NATIONS | Expressions of interest called for the 2010 Australian Youth Representative
The United Nations Youth Association is calling for expressions of interest from young people (aged 15 to 24 years) to be the next Australian Youth Representative. This position offers one young person in Australia the chance to let the voice of Australia's youth be heard at the UN. Apply before 2 November!
More details (updated 2009-10-29)


POLICY | Opportunity to contribute to the National Strategy for Young Australians
The Inspire Foundation is hosting two online forums to facilitate discussion in the youth sector about the Australian Government's proposed National Strategy for Young Australians.
More details (updated 2009-10-28)


GENDER | Plan International launches 2009 State of the World's Girls report
This report, titled Because I am a girl, is the latest in the series by Plan International which aims to draw attention to the plight of girls throughout the world. In Australia the report was officially launched by the Minister for the Status of Women, Tanya Plibersek.
More details (updated 2009-10-27)


CAREERS | UK survey shows youth are disappointed with careers advice
At a time of rising unemployment among young people, a UK survey finds that the job advice they receive from education institutions is inadequate, and that parents are their best bet for good career guidance.
More details (updated 2009-10-27)


DRUGS | Alcohol tops AIHW list of drug treatment episodes
Alcohol continues to be the number one drug of concern for Australians seeking treatment for drug or alcohol issues, according to a report released on 23 October by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).
More details (updated 2009-10-26)


POLICY | Productivity Commission seeks feedback on proposed reforms to the not-for-profit sector
The Productivity Commission is seeking feedback on its draft report on the contribution of the not-for-profit sector; the deadline for receipt of submissions is 24 November.
More details (updated 2009-10-26)


YOUTH POLICY: A national strategy for young Australians
'The national conversation is a chance for young people, the youth sector and the community to help shape the government's National Strategy for Young Australians through online events, local and national forums and face-to-face discussions.'
More details (updated 2009-10-23)


SURVEYS: The State of Australia's young people: A report on the social, economic, health and family lives of young people
The findings of the wide-ranging report show that some young people are at greater risk of falling behind than others, particularly those who are Indigenous, from a low socio-economic background, aren't studying or working, and those who have a disability.
More details (updated 2009-10-23)


YOUTH SERVICES: 10 million in funding for five new youth community centres
The Australian Government also announced funding of $10 million to set up five new youth community centres across Australia.
More details (updated 2009-10-23)


INDIGENOUS YOUTH | Call for papers: SNAICC National Conference
The 2010 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children's Conference, 'For Our Children / Ampe Anwernekenheke', will be held from 27 to 29 July in Alice Springs. Organisers are looking for workshop and session presenters to submit abstracts by 30 October.
More details (updated 2009-10-23)


Youth Field Xpress, October 2009
The October 2009 edition of YFX has important news on a new report from the Office for Youth, developments around a national youth strategy, the funding of five new youth centres, and that is only the beginning of this edition's action-packed content.
More details (updated 2009-10-23)


CARERS | Young carers are invited to take part in Carers Week 2009
Carers Week, which this year has the theme 'Anyone Anytime', runs from 19–23 October. Carers across Australia are invited to take part in the many events organised to celebrate the vital work done by Australia's 2.6 million unpaid family carers.
More details (updated 2009-10-21)


HEALTH | Butterfly and Inspire launch eating disorders survey
The Australian Government, in association with the Butterfly Foundation and the Inspire Foundation, has funded the National Eating Disorders Collaboration Youth Consultation Survey. The aim of the online survey is to provide the government with recommendations about ways to prevent and treat eating disorders in young people.
More details (updated 2009-10-21)


POLICY | Fact sheet to help researchers influence policy development
The Primary Health Care Research and Information Service have reprinted a fact sheet that contains a useful set of guidelines for researchers who are hoping to influence policymakers. The emphasis in the fact sheet is on encouraging good communication so that both parties understand each other's roles.
More details (updated 2009-10-21)


INTERNATIONAL | Canada's Katimavik youth program lives on with multi-year funding
Canada's longstanding program for youth, Katimavik, has recently secured multi-year funding. The program promotes civic engagement and fosters sustainable communities through 'challenging national youth service programs'.
More details (updated 2009-10-19)


BULLYING | S-press and headspace Cyber Bullying Initiative
National teen newspaper S-press and the headspace National Youth Mental Health Foundation have joined forces to create the S-press and headspace Cyber Bullying Initiative.
More details (updated 2009-10-19)


PARTICIPATION | UK project to encourage teenagers to solve policy challenges in the north-west of England
Project engages teens to help solve policy challenges in the north-west of England
More details (updated 2009-10-16)


PARTICIPATION | InspirActivism
This program has been on the go since 2006 and aims ‘to build a stronger, more effective network of young activists' in Australia.
More details (updated 2009-10-16)


VET | Feedback due soon for the 'Review of Australian Training Award categories
The award categories are under review: have your say (before 23 October 2009).
More details (updated 2009-10-16)


HEALTH | UK news: Supermarket stops young people from buying energy drinks
Tesco acts on concerns of teachers about the impact of high-energy drinks on students' behaviour.
More details (updated 2009-10-15)


YOUTH WORK | Resources for youth workers
Resources for youth workers: a new book on doing youth work in Australia, and from the UK, a virtual youth work activity resource pack.
More details (updated 2009-10-15)


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More details (updated 2009-10-15)


EDUCATION | Global organisation highlights key issues facing teachers
Global teacher shortages, the increasing casualisation of the teaching profession and the rise in violence against teachers are three major phenomena that require immediate action from global bodies, according to Education International's recently published triennial report.
More details (updated 2009-10-15)


PARTICIPATION | His Royal Highness Prince Edward arrives soon to talk about the Duke of Edinburgh's Award program
In October, representatives from over 125 countries will celebrate the success of the global Award by attending the International Forum 2009 being hosted in Sydney.
More details (updated 2009-10-14)


SOCIAL ISSUES: Australian Social Trends (ABS 4102.0)
This regular ABS statistical series presents analysis and commentary on a wide range of current social issues. New articles are released quarterly and are organised into eight chapters, representing the following broad areas of interest: population; family and community; health; education and training; work; economic resources; and housing, as well as a chapter of articles covering other areas of social concern. Each chapter is supported by a set of summary tables including key social indicators which provide an overview of social change over the past decade, as well as how social conditions differ across Australian states and territories. A set of international tables also compares Australia with 17 other nations.
More details (updated 2009-10-14)


MENTAL HEALTH | Participants sought for a study into schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and schizoaffective disorder
This major study into bipolar 1 disorder and schizophrenia will examine the question as to whether schizophrenia and bipolar disorder are "two faces of the same psychotic illness". And "stuck in the middle" of those diagnostic categories is schizoaffective disorder, where people might have a psychotic illness in combination with affective symptoms.
More details (updated 2009-10-14)


CRIME AND JUSTICE | Bail me out: NSW young offenders and bail
This study's findings identify "significant areas of concern that warrant further research on which policy and practice in the juvenile justice system, could be based". ('Bail me out', p.vi.)
More details (updated 2009-10-12)


MENTAL HEALTH: Auseinet to close at the end of October
The Australian Network for Promotion, Prevention and Early Intervention for Mental Health (Auseinet) is a national organisation located at Flinders University in Adelaide, South Australia. Alas, it is about to close, unless funding is found very very soon.
More details (updated 2009-10-09)


YOUTH WORK: New Australian youth work book just released by ACYS
ACYS has just released 'Concepts and methods of youth work', the first of a three volume series called Doing youth work in Australia, edited by Rob White.
More details (updated 2009-10-08)


EDUCATION, EMPLOYMENT | How young people are faring: 2009 report
The latest report, to be released on Thursday 8 October 2009, is the 11th in the series and focuses on the global economic downturn and the subsequent impact on young people's aspirations, employment opportunities and education pathways.
More details (updated 2009-10-07)


FUNDING | Minister Ellis announces new funding program to support youth development and participation
Applications opened today for the Youth Development and Support Program, which will fund community-based projects to help young people in their transition to independence and adulthood. Applications close on 4 November 2009.
More details (updated 2009-10-07)


PEAKS: YACVic conference program's been finalised
Here, Now and Next takes place on 14-15 October 2009, at the Mercure Ballarat Hotel and Convention Centre. See details of the finalised program.
More details (updated 2009-10-07)


EDUCATION | The ABS's CensusAtSchool project goes annual
The ABS project, CensusAtSchool, part of an international project to improve statistical literacy, gets Year 5 to Year 12 students involved in collecting real data about themselves through an online questionnaire.
More details (updated 2009-10-07)


EDUCATION | Schools are generally reluctant to offer transport-related studies
The report, 'VET in schools: Do school-based VET pathways work in transport and logistics?" shows students are not taking up studies in transport and logistics.
More details (updated 2009-10-07)


BULLYING: New cyberbullying resource for Australian schools
'Let's fight it together' was launched last week as a teaching resource to help schools combat cyberbullying.
More details (updated 2009-10-05)


ECONOMIC ISSUES | BSL workshops - MoneyMinded: financial skills for the future
The Brotherhood of St Laurence is offering training sessions for community workers interested in using MoneyMinded with their clients and groups, as well as a professional development day for community workers and organisations who want to increase their financial knowledge and their capacity to support clients.
More details (updated 2009-10-05)


YOUTH SERVICES | Reach Foundation program update
Reach Foundation is currently looking for participants to take part in two new youth programs.
More details (updated 2009-10-05)


MENTAL HEALTH | World-leading youth mental health facility opens in Sydney
A dedicated youth mental health facility was officially opened at the University of Sydney's Brain and Mind Research Institute on 28 September 2009.
More details (updated 2009-09-30)


YOUTH SERVICES | Inquiry identifies service gaps in the middle years
Inquiry into children and young people aged 9 to 14 years identifies "gaps in services across a range of areas including education, health and welfare" ...
More details (updated 2009-09-30)


POLICY | Australian Youth Forum, Steering committee: Call for youth representatives
DEEWR is calling on young Australians to apply for the Australian Youth Forum (AYF) Youth Engagement Steering Committee. It is "... a fantastic opportunity to influence the way the Australian Government engages with young people" (Alice Belby, AYF Steering Committee Convenor and UNYA National President.) The deadline for applications has been extended.
More details (updated 2009-09-30)


MENTAL HEALTH | Inspire Foundation's $700,000 to reach more young people at risk of mental health issues
Federal Government Jobs Fund Temporary Financial Assistance grants
More details (updated 2009-09-30)


POLICY | MCEECDYA's Comminique of 28 September 2009
The Ministerial Council for Education, Early Childhood Development and Youth Affairs (MCEECDYA) met in Brisbane on 28 September 2009 and have issued a communique.
More details (updated 2009-09-30)


LEGAL ISSUES | JusticeNet SA
A pro bono clearinghouse for meritorious and means-tested cases
More details (updated 2009-08-29)


POLICY | National youth strategy
The Prime Minister has announced that the government is developing a National Youth Strategy that would be holistic and cover the whole range of issues facing young people.
More details (updated 2009-09-11)


YOUTH WORK | Professionalisation in the UK
Youth workers in the UK will be able to work towards a youth professional status from early next year, following a three-month consultation on the issue.
More details (updated 2009-09-02)


ACYS website redesign
ACYS will be redesigning this website over coming months, and that includes ...
More details (updated 2009-07-30)


EMPLOYMENT | Young people with poor labour force attachment
'Young people with poor labour force attachment: A survey of concepts, data and previous research' is a new report commissioned by the Australian Fair Pay Commission. It draws on labour force data and previous research findings to chart recent trends, e.g. youth not in education or employment.
More details (updated 2009-07-30)


MEDIA | ACMA: media use by children and teens
ACMA's research report, 'Use of electronic media and communications: Early childhood to teenage years', uses LSAC data to find out about the use of electronic media from early childhood through to teenage years, and parents’ views about that media use.
More details (updated 2009-07-30)


RIGHTS | Youth in the media
What's the media's duty of care towards young people? And a parent's duty of care? RMIT 's Prof. Judith Bessant, an expert on youth issues, is available for interview about a recent controversial radio show involving a mother, her daughter and a lie detector.
More details (updated 2009-07-30)


HEALTH | forum today on obesity prevention
A forum in Melbourne yesterday discussed the Victorian Government's Department of Human Services-funded community-based childhood obesity prevention initiatives that impact on broad practice.
More details (updated 2009-07-22)


ARTS MUSIC | ACMF Philanthropic Choir
The Philanthropic Choir tackles disadvantage in NSW
More details (updated 2009-07-22)


ARTS MUSIC | Who stopped the music (in schools)?
People interested in young people and music might be interested in the ABC Radio National, Background Briefing program on the state of music education in Australian schools. (Transcript online)
More details (updated 2009-07-22)


HOMELESSNESS | 'Counting the homeless 2006' AIHW report 9 July 2009
Rates of homelessness vary widely across Australia, not only between states and territories, but within them, according to national research commissioned by all jurisdictions and published on 9 July 2009 by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).
More details (updated 2009-07-22)


DEVELOPMENT | The teenage brain
"Using entertaining segments and accessible language, a new TV series coming up on ABC TV, 'Whatever! The science of teens', taps into the most up-to-date scientific investigations of the teen brain, and the latest research into family and society, to reveal that much 'aberrant' teenage behaviour is really quite normal."
More details (updated 2009-07-22)


EMPLOYMENT | Transitions reform
Media release: The Australian Government will reform its $618 million investment in transition programs to ensure that young Australians at risk of falling through the cracks get the support they need to get into training and work.
More details (updated 2009-05-08)


EDUCATION: 2008 Graduate Pathways Survey
Newly released: The '2008 Graduate Pathways Survey: Graduates' education and employment outcomes five years after completion of a bachelor degree at an Australian university', a report to DEEWR published by the Australian Council for Educational Research.
More details (updated 2009-05-05)


EMPLOYMENT | OECD Jobs for youth: Australia
The OECD's final report, 'Jobs for Youth: Australia', was released today.
More details (updated 2009-04-21)


NEWS | YFX July edition now available
Youth Field Xpress, our newsletter is available online or via email. The April edition has just been released.
More details (updated 2009-04-21)


SURVEYS | Mission Australia's 8th national survey
Mission Australia's eighth annual National Survey of Young Australians has been announced (20 April 2009).
More details (updated 2009-04-20)


YOUTH AFFAIRS | Queensland news
Queensland's first Indigenous Youth Parliament opens, and there's a call for participants to the Queensland Young Indigenous Leaders Forum in May 2009.
More details (updated 2009-04-15)


YOUTH AFFAIRS | Australian Youth Forum news
The Minister for Youth responds to the Australian Youth Forum's ideas board topics of bullying and on body image
More details (updated 2009-04-15)


DRUGS | Alcopops legislation to be re-introduced
Alcopops legislation will be re-introduced in the May Budget Sitting of Parliament (Department of Health and Ageing, "Government to re-introduce Alcopops Measure", media release, 15 April 2009).
More details (updated 2009-04-15)


EDUCATION | Stakeholder input on MCEETYA's Melbourne Declaration
MCEETYA's Melbourne Declaration sets Australia's goals for schooling for the next 10 years. Input from stakeholders on a draft action plan is now available.
More details (updated 2009-04-15)


ARTS | Move arts and culture to Australia's Innovation System
'The arts and Australia's national innovation system 1994-2008' lists the arguments, recommendations and challenges that the Council for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences believes policymakers should consider to bring the arts into Australia's innovation system.
More details (updated 2009-04-15)