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  • Youth unemployment rates in small geographic areas - 2013

    Posted 1/05/2014 by Penny Vandenbroek

    The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) recently changed the dissemination of regional data from the monthly Labour Force Survey to reflect a new geographic standard. The Labour Force Survey is a key source of data on employment, unemployment, the labour force and associated rates and ratios.

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    TAGS: youth, regional unemployment, Australian Bureau of Statistics, labour force, statistics,

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  • Who is on Newstart?

    Posted 27/08/2012 by Carol Ey
    Given the current Senate Committee inquiry into the adequacy of the allowance payment system for jobseekers and others it is perhaps worth considering what sort of people are reliant on these payments? Recent data released by the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs enables us to explore the characteristics of those receiving these allowances as at June 2011.What allowances are people receiving?The major payment for jobseekers is Newstart Allowance (NSA). Ot... Read more...

    TAGS: Newstart, Parenting Payment, social security, Youth Allowance

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  • Staying on at school is not just a matter of money

    Posted 10/07/2012 by Carol Ey
      There is considerable evidence about the correlation between socio-economic status (SES)–particularly parental income, education and occupation–and educational attainment. Hence the inclusion of a measure of SES on the Myschool website, which allows for the comparison of ‘SES-equivalent’ schools, and higher education institutions receiving funding on the basis of meeting targets for the representation of students from low SES backgrounds. While traditional SES measures may allow for comparis... Read more...

    TAGS: school education, youth

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  • Celebrating the 50th anniversary of Indigenous federal voting rights

    Posted 24/05/2012 by Brenton Holmes


    It is 100 years since the right and responsibility to enrol to vote became enshrined in Australian law and 50 years since all Indigenous Australians became entitled to vote in federal elections. (Some, but not all, adult Indigenous Australians, were able to vote prior to 1962.) Celebrations are in order.
     In March 1962 the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 was amended to enable Indigenous people to enrol to vote in federal elections, but it was not compulsory for them to enrol. It was made an offence for anyone to use undue influence or pressure to induce them to enrol. Once they enrolled, however, voting was compulsory.
     The story of Indigenous enfranchisement is a long and complex one. There are two valuable accounts available on the Australian Electoral Commission website here and here.
    This year has been  designated the 2012 Year of Enrolment and the AEC will be running a number of activities to remind people of their electoral rights and responsibilities and to check that their enrolments up to date. These will include a mid-year mail-out to all Australian households, along with a public relations and online advertising campaign.
    Major celebratory events include a National Indigenous Youth Parliament.  Together with the YMCA, the AEC is sponsoring a week-long gathering of fifty young Indigenous people from all States and Territories.  A centrepiece will be a formal sitting of the Youth Parliament on the weekend of 26–27 May where bills addressing Indigenous issues will be debated. Bills agreed by the Indigenous Youth Parliament will be presented to the Government and Opposition.
    In preparation for the parliament, participants have already been mentored through the process of writing a bill, and will spend their week in Canberra learning how government works and how laws are made. They will participate in professionally-led workshops, developing their public speaking abilities and honing their media skills.
    Under the banner of its Indigenous Electoral Participation Program (IEPP) the AEC has been renewing its efforts to encourage more Indigenous Australians to enrol and vote. This includes the production of a DVD, Louder than One Voice ,that outlines the history of the Indigenous vote and includes interviews with Indigenous Australians about their strong belief in the values of democratic participation.
    Some estimates indicate that less than 50 per cent of eligible Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people may be enrolled to vote.  On 2006 census figures that means there are probably more than 140 000 Indigenous people who are eligible to vote are not enrolled to do so. Of all Australians, an estimated 1.5 million eligible voters are not enrolled —the equivalent to having an extra 15 electorates or another state the size of Western Australia.
    Australian citizens aged 18 years and over can enrol and vote, change their address or check their enrolment details by going to the AEC website.


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    TAGS: Australian Electoral Commission, indigenous Australians, YMCA, youth, youth parliament

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  • Citizenship's crucible: too cool for comfort

    Posted 19/01/2012 by Brenton Holmes
    Who is responsible for developing the civic capacities and political knowledge of our young people? Most people would probably consider it the responsibility of schools to impart relevant citizenship skills and dispositions. Certainly the development of active and informed citizens is a core element of the Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians. The Declaration was adopted in 2008 by all state, territory and Commonwealth education ministers meeting as the Ministerial Co... Read more...

    TAGS: political education, social citizenship, youth

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  • Government extends special Youth Allowance access to Inner Regional students

    Posted 15/09/2011 by Luke Buckmaster
    The Government has announced that it will introduce legislation allowing students from inner regional areas to access independent Youth Allowance under the same rules that apply to students from Outer Regional, Remote and Very Remote areas. This follows the Government’s release of a scheduled review of student income support reforms conducted by Professor Kwong Lee Dow (the Dow Review). The Government brought forward the review by 12 months in response to concerns about access to income support ... Read more...

    TAGS: higher education, regional students, social security, Youth Allowance

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  • Will access to ‘gap year’ Youth Allowance improve regional students participation in higher education?

    Posted 18/02/2011 by Coral Dow
    In the recent Senate debate on Senator Nash's private member’s bill to extend the criteria for Independent Youth Allowance to Inner Regional students the issue of why so few regional students go on to tertiary education was raised and an argument made that the ability to take a gap year and qualify for Youth Allowance would improve regional students’ access to and participation in higher education.However past experience would suggest that if the bill–which has passed the Senate–is debated and p... Read more...

    TAGS: higher education, regional students, Youth Allowance

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  • Opposition Youth Allowance bill referred to committee

    Posted 22/11/2010 by Luke Buckmaster
    Youth allowance pamphletA Private Member's Bill, introduced by Senator Fiona Nash, seeking to make it easier for students in inner regional areas to qualify for Independent Youth Allowance has been referred to the Senate Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Committee for inquiry and report by 15 February 2011. The purpose of the bill, the Social Security Amendment (Income Support for Regional Students) Bill 2010, is to require that the eligibility criteria for students on Independent Youth Allowance from very ... Read more...

    TAGS: higher education, Youth Allowance

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  • Opposition seeks changes to eligibility for Youth Allowance for inner regional students

    Posted 29/10/2010 by Luke Buckmaster
    Youth Allowance phampletThe House of Representatives has passed by 74 votes to 70 a motion by Opposition whip Nola Marino ‘requiring’ the Government to introduce legislation that would make it easier for students in inner regional areas to qualify for independent Youth Allowance. Meanwhile, in the Senate, National Party Senator, Fiona Nash, has introduced a private members bill that seeks to introduce a measure along the same lines as that proposed in Ms Marino’s motion.This issue has its origins in substantial changes... Read more...

    TAGS: higher education, Youth Allowance

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