The 2012-13 financial year was a highly productive one for AYAC. During the 12 months, we surveyed 1,215 young Australians, polled 1,886 members of the public on their perceptions of youth work, posted 2,564 tweets to 2,613 followers and launched five important research reports on issues affecting young Australians and the services that support them.
AYAC believes that young people are experts in their own lives and their own experiences. In August 2013, AYAC partnered with The Australia Institute to conduct a quantitative survey of young Australians aged 17-24 years to discover what issues they cared about and wanted the government to take action on over the next three years. AYAC conducted a complimentary survey of young people to gather qualitative feedback on what lies beneath – what they’ve heard about the issue, their experiences and why they think that the government should be doing more to address these concerns.
Insights from the Coalface: The value of Justice Reinvestment for young Australians based on consultations with over 150 youth sector workers around Australia. The report calls for action as concerns grow at escalating rates of incarceration of young people, coupled with a worrying lack of support services for young people who are coming into contact with the justice system.
AYAC calls for policy to reflect the extensive knowledge and good practice of the sector, and to ensure incarceration and remand is not the affliction of our most disadvantaged. We want to see marginalised young people getting the right support prior to contact with the justice system, rather than bearing the brunt of ‘tough on crime’ policies.
In May 2012, the Australian Youth Affairs Coalition and Reconciliation Australia launched the Yarn About Youth program to find out what issues matter to young people and how young people and the youth sector can progress reconciliation. This report comes from the first ever national survey of young peoples attitudes to reconciliation and broader consultations with the youth sector.
The last twelve months have been a very important time in the life of AYAC. We believe that AYAC has truly cemented its place in the national youth affairs landscape. It has been a year of hard work – but also a year of significant highlights. Our 2012 Annual Report showcases our wide range of work and growing influence on driving change.
Current government policy strongly advocates that young people finish Year 12, then move from school to further training and/or to paid employment.To combat high youth unemployment and poor outcomes for those with lower levels of education, the Australian government introduced the learn or Earn program.
Under Learn or Earn, young people who have not finished Year 12 must be in education or training to receive income support payments. This study highlights the human impact and common experience of the Learn or Earn initiative and lets young people themselves tell their own experience of Learn or Earn.
The Australian Youth Affairs Coalition (AYAC) and the Youth Empowerment Against HIV/AIDS (YEAH) have released Let’s Talk About Sex: Young People’s views on sex and sexual health information in Australia, a joint report on the results of Let’s Talk About Sex: National Youth Survey.
The survey was a joint partnership between AYAC and YEAH to ensure a national consultation process with young Australians aged 15-29 regarding their opinions, experiences and needs around access to sexual health information and education.
2011 was a very busy and productive year for AYAC's board, staff and members. Our Annual Report highlights AYAC's achievements and future aspirations.
The need for a National Children's Commissioner has long been voiced by organisations in Australia working with children and young people, and is one of Australia's obligations under the Convention on the Rights of the Child. This need has been recognised recently by the Australian Children Rights Taskforce, chaired by UNICEF and the National Children's and Youth Law Centre in their submission to the UN CRC Committee (tabled as the Listen to Children Report and signed onto by over 98 Australian organisations who work with and for children).
AYAC is excited to announce the release of our new Strategic Plan! The plan commenced on 1st July 2011, and outlines our vision for the next four years, until June 30th 2015.
This is AYAC’s first strategic plan since being funded by the Federal Government in recognition of our role as the national youth affairs peak body, and is a critical document in presenting a clear plan for the coming years. The plan is based on five strategic areas, upon which we will focus our work for the coming years.
Youth Work in Australia: Reflections and Aspirations
If you are 16-25 years and have ever been on Centrelink payment, AYAC wants to hear from you!
The Government are currently looking at how they can improve the Welfare System and we think young people must have a say in this review – it will help Government make changes that provide real outcomes for young people.