Increasing Newstart benefits would reduce inequality across the country

Lifting the rate of unemployment benefits would bring down poverty levels and reduce inequality in Australia, according to new modelling by the University of Canberra.

New figures from the National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling (NATSEM) show a $75 weekly increase in the Newstart allowance would have the greatest impact on people between the ages of 25 and 36, who stand to gain $304 a year.

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Berejiklian’s cabinet reflects the direction of her new government

Gladys Berejiklian has been described as the “great hope of the progressive Liberals” and the direction of her new government reflects this. She wants a focus on compassion and empathy.

In announcing her new cabinet line-up, Berejiklian singled out several issues that are clearly top of mind for her and indicate a re-positioning for her government on social issues.  Read the Article>

Headspace Newcastle to receive and extra $1.7 million in funding to help young people at risk of suicide or self harm

HEADSPACE Newcastle will receive an extra $1.7 million in funding to help young people at risk of suicide or self harm to address the “growing demand” and “waiting times” for its services.
NSW Liberal Senator Arthur Sinodinos is expected to officially announce the funding at headspace Newcastle on Wednesday morning.

FREE Domestic Violence Awareness Session – Cessnock

At the end of the awareness session
• Identify the different signs and forms of abuse that constitute domestic and family violence
• Familiarise themselves with the Cycle of violence and Duluth wheels – power and control, equality and empowerment
• Reflect on and share what they can do if they know someone who is experiencing domestic and family violence
• Have an opportunity to network with other individuals
• Receive tools and references for domestic and family violence support and referral

1 May 2019, 10:00am – 12:00pm

Samaritans Information & Neighbourhood Centre

202 Vincent Street, Cessnock

To reserve your FREE place, please register https://lifeline.jobreadyplus.com/terminal/online_book_course/2548

Morning tea Provided

The Home Stretch Campaign

Young people in out of home care have a right to care, love and support after they turn 18.

The Home Stretch campaign is doing their bit to get our state government to increase the leaving care age to 21. We know it needs to happen sooner rather than later! Pledge your support at thehomestretch.org.au.

Be You

Be You is an evidence based national framework to empower every Australian educator. It has been designed with educators, for educators.

“Be you aims to transform Australia’s approach to supporting children’s and young people’s mental health in early learning services and schools.

Be you promotes mental health and wellbeing from the early years to 18, and offers future and current educators and learning communities evidence-based online professional learning, complemented by a range of tools and resources to turn learning into action.”

Get on board at beyou.edu.au