On 21st–22nd November 2016, the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community of Practice hosted a forum in Canberra entitled Stories of Change through Effective Development Practice. The ninety participants included community representatives, development practitioners, academics and government representatives.
Research & Reports
Between 2013 and 2016, the Institute of Child Protection Studies at the Australian Catholic University was commissioned by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse to conduct two studies, which spoke directly to children and young people about their views, perceptions and experiences of safety in institutions. These studies were conducted in partnership with colleagues from the Queensland University of Technology and Griffith University.
This report has been produced by Deloitte Access Economics and commissioned by Anglicare Victoria. It is a study of the socio-economic costs and benefits of extending care exit from the age of 18 to the age of 21 in Victoria.
It finds that if the age of care was extended from age 18 to 21, outcomes would improve in a range of areas including mental health, physical health and intergenerational disadvantage.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (the Royal Commission) commissioned the Institute of Child Protection Studies at Australian Catholic University to carry out a research project aimed at developing an understanding of:
ATODA has released the paper Keeping Young Canberrans Safe outlining their position on the available evidence about the efficacy and effectiveness of drug checking/pill testing programs as part of a comprehensive drug harm reduction system. "Drug checking services (a successor term for ‘pill testing’) make the contents of drugs transparent to consumers.
The Commonwealth Ombudsman's office has released a report examining the complaints and concerns regarding Centrelink's online compliance intervention (OCI) system. "In July 2016 the Department of Human Services (DHS) - Centrelink launched a new online compliance intervention (OCI) system for raising and recovering debts. The OCI matches the earnings recorded on a customer’s Centrelink record with historical employer-reported income data from the Australian Taxation Office (ATO).
The Brotherhood of St. Laurence has released a report on the state of youth employment. "Young Australians face a much more brutish job scenario than their parents or grandparents ever faced. Along with high rates of youth unemployment, they are also negotiating the threat posed by underemployment – which has now become an entrenched feature of the youth labour market..."
The Black Dog Institute and Mission Australia have released the findings from the 2012-2016 Youth Survey on mental health. "This report shows more young Australians are in psychological distress than five years ago, with almost one in four young people in 2016 meeting the criteria for probable serious mental illness and young females twice as likely as males to report high psychological distress. The report also highlights the important role of friends, parents and the internet as sources of help for young people with a probable serious mental illness..."
The Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory have released their interim report.
The Australian Institute of Family Studies has produced a paper that, drawing from the Children's Safety Study, provides a practical guidance based on what children and young people have said themselves, as well as observations about how this might be put into practice. Also included in this paper is a description of some tools successfully used to talk to children and young people about their safety, and some ways that adults and institutions can respond.