Archive for December, 2009

studies of Youth

Are you looking for studies done on Australian Youth? 

The  Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth (LSAY) is a research program that tracks young people as they move from school to post-school destinations.  Various of their reports are summarised on their website.

Louise McMorland, Youth Librarian, Manly Library

Racism and Young Australians




The Impact of Racism upon the Health and Wellbeing of Young Australians REPORT is at 

 Purpose of the report was to examine experiences of racism among young people in Australia of mainstream (Englishspeaking), Indigenous, migrant and refugee backgrounds;to investigate how young people in Australia report and respond to racism; and to explore the attitudes of mainstream youth when it comes to race relations.
 Results found that    the impact of racism on health and wellbeing is influenced by gender, age, and the type of school that students attend. 

A total of 823 students from eighteen Australian secondary schools were involved in this study.

Louise McMorland, Youth Librarian, Manly Library

Youth with attitude wanted….



Youth with attitude wanted – Are you an opinionated young person? Tell the world in unleash magazine! 

Not a top English student? Doesn’t matter. You can write in your own style (correct spelling optional) – anything from 500 words to just 5 words.  Or why not draw what you want to say.  Got a camera? Photograph your world and add some captions. Then just send it in.  

unleash magazine is where young people under 20 years get to say (write/draw/photograph) what they think. All published contributions get a $50 voucher and a free unleash subscription. 

Visit  or Email  

Louise McMorland, Manly Library (from a YAPA newsletter)

Young Driver crashes and choice of cars

Some new research from Monash University Accident Research Centre indicates that safer vehicles produce less injuries in crashes where young drivers are involved.  The report “Vehicle safety and young drivers Stages 2 and 3: Analysis of young driver crash types and vehicle choice optimisation” (Report number 292, 2009)

The overall aim of this study was to examine the implications of young driver vehicle choice on secondary safety outcomes. This was achieved by  investigating the young driver crash profile and developing and assessing scenarios for changing young driver vehicle choice to optimise road trauma outcomes.  The research demonstrated that it is possible to reduce the number of serious injuries and fatalities if the vehicle choices of young drivers move towards vehicles with high crashworthiness ratings.

The full report can be found at

Louise McMorland, Youth Librarian, Manly Library

staying in education or training until you are 17

New education and training requirements for 15 to 24 year olds  –  Early school leavers and young people without Year 12 or equivalent qualifications are particularly vulnerable to the labour market effects of an economic downturn.  On 30 April 2009 the Australian, State and Territory Governments, through the Council of Australian Governments (COAG), agreed to a Compact with Young Australians to increase young people’s engagement with education and training pathways. This joint action will ensure that as the economy recovers from the global recession, young Australians will have the skills required to realise their potential.

The Compact with Young Australians focuses on the importance of education and training for young people by supporting young people to gain skills and knowledge through stronger engagement in education, training and employment. Under the Compact:

– all young people will be required to complete Year 10 through a National Youth Participation Requirement and then to be in full time education, training or employment until the age of 17

– 15 to 24 years olds will have access to an education or training entitlement

– changed conditions to Youth Allowance (Other) and Family Tax Benefit (Part A) for young people aged under 21 without Year 12 or an equivalent qualification, making education and training a precondition for income support.

Further information is available on the fact sheets:-

  • Fact sheet for young people aged 15 to 24
  • Fact sheet for parents, youth and community organisations, and relevant government departments and agencies
  • Q&As on the Compact with Young Australians

to find the fact sheets and for more information visit the  ‘Compact with Young Australians’ page on DEEWR 

Have your say – ENROL TO VOTE!

Have your say, enrol to vote today! Did you know Australians aged 18 to 24 years account for nearly one third of people missing from the electoral roll?

It is compulsory for all Australians to enrol to vote once they turn 18 years. And at 17 you can enrol so you’ll be ready to vote once you turn 18. Being enrolled to vote provides you with the opportunity to have your say about the direction of Australia and issues that matter to you. And if you wait to enrol until the last minute you run a real risk of missing out on your vote at election time. So if you’re 17-years-old or over, so head to the AEC website and enrol to vote today.   Access an enrolment form onlinelogo-aec at

Louise McMorland, Youth Librarian, Manly Library

Report on the State of Australia’s Young People

 STATE OF AUSTRALIA’S YOUNG PEOPLE: A Report on the social, economic, health and family lives of young people

This report was released in October 2009. by the Minister for Youth, Kate Ellis.This report presents a comprehensive picture of how young Australians are faring. The report’s findings were based on national data sources, existing literature, stakeholder interviews and focus groups with young people. Overall the report presents a positive picture, showing how important young people are to our country and why it makes good economic and social sense for governments to invest in lifting outcomes for all young people. It also highlights some areas of concern and underlines the important role that families, education and employment play in young people’s development.

The report can be viewed at

There is also a Statistical snapshot of Young People in Australia available at

Louise McMorland, Youth Librarian, Manly Library






Australia’s Social Trends – latest from the ABS

The December issue of Autralia’s Social Trends reveals that over the last decade, the number of jobless families has fallen, while the number of people who live alone has been increasing. We also see that Australians are less likely to smoke than in the past, but more likely to be obese and that many workers work non-traditional hours.
Visit the Australian Burea of Statistics site for the full details
Louise McMorland, Youth Librarian, Manly Library

Express Your Reality Art/Writing Competition! for current or former refugees



Oxfam Australia

and Culturalista are putting on a new Express Your Reality Art/Writing Competition!

2 X $500 prizes are up for grabs, along with a bunch of other prizes.

 All entrants have the chance to be part of an exhibition at Oxfam’s Refugee Realities simulation in Canberra 2010 and/or published in Culturalista magazine. Entrants can be any age and live (primarily) anywhere in Australia. 

Entries must express the reality of being a refugee, past, present or future. Entries can be in any visual or writing form, with a $500 prize for both sections. For example: paintings, photos, stories, poems, news, sculpture. etc.

All entrants must be current or former refugees.

Closing date for entries is February 28th, 2010.

any questions please contact:   

Louise McMorland, Youth Librarian, Manly