National Youth Affairs Research Scheme publications 2003 - 2005

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Barriers to Service Provision for Young People with Presenting Substance Misuse and Mental Health Problems

Prepared for the National Youth Affairs Research Scheme in October 2004 by Tricia Szirom, Debbie King and Kathy Desmond.

The report details and describes the barriers to service provision for young people suffering from comorbidity. The report makes recommendations in eight areas:

  • Australian, State and Territory Government policies
  • Service providers
  • Early intervention
  • Intervention
  • Continuing care and recovery
  • Law enforcement and police
  • Indigenous services, and
  • Education and training.

Rural and Regional Young People and Transport: Improving Access to Transport for Young People in Rural and Regional Australia

Prepared for the National Youth Affairs Research Scheme in January 2005 by Graham Currie, Fergus Gammie, Charles Waingold, Darryn Paterson and Davinia Vandersar.

The report:

  • Identifies the options for improving transport services for young people in rural and regional Australia
  • Identifies the success factors for these options
  • Identifies the challenges faced by governments in improving transport services for young people in rural and regional Australia, and
  • Calls upon the Australian Government to take a leadership role in directing the attention of other levels of government and the broader community to the transport needs of young people in rural and regional Australia.

Scoping Study of Youth Policy Priorities and Directions: Summary of Findings

This report summarises the findings of a Scoping Study prepared for the National Youth Affairs Research Scheme in April 2005 by Eureka Strategic Research.

The purpose of the Scoping Study was to:

  • Provide a stocktake and review of current youth policy priorities and directions, and
  • Determine issues that have the capacity to influence young people's opportunities, decision-making and outcomes over the next 20 years.

The full report of the Scoping Study will not be released, as it was prepared as an internal working document for NYARS and for the Ministerial Council on Education, Employment, Training and Youth Affairs. However, a summary of the findings of the full report has been prepared as a way of providing feedback to people and organisations participating in consultations for the Scoping Study.

Sustainable Consumption: Young Australians as Agents of Change

Prepared for the National Youth Affairs Research Scheme in November 2004 by Matthew Bentley, John Fien, and Cameron Neil.

The report:

  • Examines the existing consumption patterns of young people in Australia
  • Studies their attitudes to sustainable consumption and related issues
  • Explores how young people can be encouraged and empowered to make changes in their own consumption patterns as well as being catalysts for change in the wider community, and
  • Recommends the implementation of a range of initiatives that would involve the Australian, State and Territory Governments in promoting sustainable consumption amongst young people.


Alive and Motivated: Young People, Participation and Local Government

Prepared for the National Youth Affairs Research Scheme in 2004 by Sherry Saggers, David Palmer, Paul Royce, Lou Wilson and Alan Charlton.

The report is the outcome of research that sought to develop a deeper understanding of the role and impact of local government on young people, and how local government might strengthen the inclusion of young people in the communities in which they live. In pursuing this objective, the report provides a comprehensive review of the range and effectiveness of service delivery models designed for or accessed by young people in diverse parts of Australia.

Passions, People and Appreciation: Making Volunteering Work for Young People

Prepared for the National Youth Affairs Research Scheme in 2004 by Fran Ferrier, Ian Roos and Michael Long.

The report explores volunteering by young people aged 16-24 years in Australia. Through examination of survey material, discussions with groups of young people, and interviews with community leaders and volunteer organisations, the report investigates:

  • the kinds of volunteering in which young people participate
  • the reasons young people do/do not volunteer
  • any costs associated with volunteering by young people, for volunteer organisations and for the young people themselves, and
  • the benefits and outcomes of volunteering by young people, for themselves and community and volunteer organisations.

Youth and Citizenship

Prepared for the National Youth Affairs Research Scheme (NYARS) in 2004 by Ben Manning and Roberta Ryan.

The report:

  • critically analyses the concept(s) of citizenship and its implications for young people
  • ascertains young people's perceptions of citizenship and determining factors, and
  • identifies what strategies could be utilised to advance empowering concept(s) of citizenship amongst young people.


Kids are like that! Community Attitudes to Young People

A report to the National Youth Affairs Research Scheme in 2003 by Natalie Bolzan.

Overall, the study found that, although there are a range of community attitudes towards young people, strong negative perceptions and stereotyping of young people exist in the broader community. Conversely, young people generally view themselves positively. Different factors were seen to influence these attitudes, but, overwhelmingly, adults who had close and personal contact with young people were more likely to report positive perceptions and contextualised negative perceptions. Adults with little or no personal contact with young people were more likely to be influenced by media reports, opinions of others, and what they thought was a discourse in public policy about the problematic nature of young people.

Suggestions for attitude change solicited from both young people and from the focus groups of adults presented a clear agenda for action by governments and other groups in supporting young people to achieve active and valued participation in the community. The suggestions involve both focused strategies aimed at changing and shaping community attitudes to young people and also broader social policy initiatives aimed at addressing social exclusion among individual young people and groups of young people.

Wealth of all nations: identification of strategies to assist refugee young people in transition to independence (2003)

Prepared for the National Youth Affairs Research Scheme in 2003 by Louise Coventry, Carmel Guerra, David MacKenzie and Sarah Pinkey.

The report addresses four key questions:

  • What sorts of characteristics define and differentiate the population of young people with refugee-like experiences currently residing in Australia?
  • How should the 'needs' of refugee young people be conceptualised and what sorts of supports does this diverse group of young people require to enable a successful transition to independence?
  • How well are federal policy and programs able to respond to the needs of refugee young people, particularly where family supports are inadequate or not available?
  • What can be done to improve this service response and what examples and principles of good practice can be drawn upon as guides?

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