Highlights from the 2017 Mission Australia Youth Survey

In, 2017 for the first time in the survey’s history young people identified mental health as the most important issue in Australia today. Concerns about mental health have doubled since 2015 and tripled since 2011. Other top issues of national concern included alcohol and drugs and equality and discrimination.

Thinking seriously about youth work. And how to prepare people to do it

The European Union and the Council of Europe have just released this fantastic new resource on youth work from the European perspective. It’s free and can be found here.


Investing in Communities:What was heard at the 2017 NCOSS Regional Consultations

During July and August 2017, NCOSS toured the state to speak with over 500 community leaders and people working in community services, as well as those doing it tough. NCOSS listened to diverse, strong communities speak about the key challenges they face, but also about the collaborative, innovative and inspiring ways that people are are coming together to tackle these challenges.

Australian NGO Coalition Submission to the Human Rights Committee

Australia’s compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights is a newly released report to the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Committee. The report has been prepared by a coalition of non-government organisations (NGOs) from across Australia and is intended to inform the Committee’s sixth review of Australia during its 121st session in October/November 2017. The report includes an analysis of the issues associated with the rights of children.

To download the full report, follow this link.

What Makes A Not-For-Profit ‘Well-Run’

From our many years working in the not-for-profit sector, we often hear the phrases ‘we are a well-run organisation’or ‘we only support well-run not-for-profits’. Indeed, when the Packers launched their $200m philanthropic fund, one of the three criteria to apply was that you had to be ‘well-run’. 

ReachOut-Online Mental Health Support for Young People

ReachOut is Australia’s leading online mental health organisation for young people and their parents. Our practical support, tools and tips help young people get through anything from everyday issues to tough times – and the information we offer parents makes it easier for them to help their teenagers too.