Ted Noffs Foundation's Take Hold program celebrates five years helping homeless youth. Since 2014, Take Hold has supported over 500 young people in the ACT.
"Canberra's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students face a two year NAPLAN gap behind their non-Indigenous peers, prompting a leading education expert to call for a concerted effort to end disadvantage. NAPLAN data from 2016 showed results for Indigenous students worsened between years 3 and 9, suggesting a widening gap as children progressed through school. The most notable difference in a single year group was recorded in the year 9 writing test, where Indigenous students were almost 20 percentage points behind their non-Indigenous classmates in reaching the national minimum standa
"Students in Belconnen and Tuggeranong are twice as likely to miss school as those attending schools in the inner south, according to a report released this week. And, according to the Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre analysis, children in central Belconnen were almost four times as likely to miss school as those in Deakin. The Educate Australia Fair? report revealed areas of educational disadvantage throughout the ACT. Overall, children in the 10 suburbs with the most educational disadvantage, measured on a range of domains, had a non-attendance rate of 10.4 per cent.
"Six years of violence and abuse inside the Bimberi youth detention centre can finally be revealed following an investigation by The Canberra Times. Frontline staff, former detainees and government officials have come forward to blow the whistle on a series of disturbing incidents between 2011 and 2017. Troubled children have allegedly been abused and humiliated by a small number of "bad apple" staff, several inside sources alleged. Staff have themselves been threatened and attacked by volatile detainees, with occupational violence dismissed as part and parcel of their difficult job, source
"Revelations guards at Canberra's youth detention centre allegedly encouraged child inmates to fight and dealt them amphetamines have drawn concern across party lines. The allegations, spanning six years, were made in a series of articles published by Fairfax Media, which outlined repeated failings by the Bimberi Youth Justice Centre in complying with the law and best practice. The ACT Human Rights Commission has confirmed it is investigating allegations inmates were encouraged to settle differences in organised fights, along with separate claims guards dealt drugs to detainees. ACT Childre
The federal governments youth employment program PaTH has well and truly kicked off, despite widespread concern over transparency and the lack safeguards in place to stop exploitation. At this point in time, the consensus from the opposition, employee and employer associations alike, is that the program is riddled with questions that the government needs to answer.
Wendy Harmer Speaks to Adelaide University Professor of Law Andrew Stewart about where the program may land.
"The Australian Human Rights Commission today expressed continuing and deep concern about the abuse of young people in detention. “The focus on punitive measures is failing young people. A much better approach is to focus on effective early intervention, prevention and diversion programs,” said the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, June Oscar. The National Children’s Commissioner, Megan Mitchell, said Australia has around 900 children and young people in youth justice detention at any one time..."
"Unpaid internships are increasingly becoming the default way of beginning a professional career in Australia. According to the largest survey so far, 60 per cent of people aged under 30 have done at least one, but when it comes to the status of interns, the law is unclear. One of the distinctions between an employee and an intern, according to the Fair Work Ombudsman, is that if the work "would otherwise be done by an employee, or it's work that the business or organisation has to do, it's more likely the person is an employee". Up to half a million interns may have been in unlawful arrang
"Casual workers have won the right to demand a permanent full-time or part-time job after 12 months under a landmark Fair Work Commission ruling. But employers will still have the right to refuse the request if the change would substantially alter the worker's hours to accommodate them as a permanent staff member. Unions had called for the right to be available after just six months and for the minimum number of daily hours worked to increase to four, but these requests were rejected. In its decision on Wednesday, the Fair Work Commission said it was necessary for modern awards to contain a
"National youth mental health organisation Headspace has issued a warning for the controversial new Netflix movie To The Bone, citing concerns over the film's depiction of anorexia nervosa. The film, which stars actress Lily Collins as a young woman battling the eating disorder, is due to premiere on the streaming service on July 14. But, echoing concerns expressed by health bodies overseas, Headspace issued the warning ahead of the film's debut, citing reports that images from the film's trailer have appeared on "so-called 'thinspiration' websites, which glamorise eating disorders." "The c