Our street patrol for vulnerable Tasmanian youth on track thanks to Qantas
- Created on Wednesday, 30 January 2013 15:58
Qantas today announced a $50,000 donation to Mission Australia’s Youth Beat youth patrol, guaranteeing the future and vital presence of this service in Hobart’s north-eastern suburbs and the Derwent Valley.
In operation since 2007, Youth Beat services the Derwent Valley and several suburbs in Hobart’s north-east and plays a crucial role reaching out to vulnerable young people, checking on their wellbeing and providing hands-on assistance where needed.
PM encouraged to target middle-class welfare as part of broader reform
- Created on Wednesday, 30 January 2013 14:03
Mission Australia has welcomed the Prime Minister’s commitment to cutting entitlements to more well-off Australians to fund major initiatives such as the National Disability Insurance Scheme and the Gonski education reforms, and has encouraged the government to announce its changes as part of a root and branch reform of the entire welfare system.
Mission Australia’s CEO Toby Hall said Australia’s welfare system was broken and needed to be tackled as a whole with everything from the complex income support regime through to so-called ‘middle-class welfare’ on the table.
Locking up juveniles is not the answer: Melissa Perry in The West Australian
- Created on Tuesday, 22 January 2013 11:38
If there were any doubts Western Australia (WA) had a problem with its juvenile justice system, then Sunday night’s riots at the Banksia Hill youth detention centre should dispel them, Mission Australia’s State Director Melissa Perry writes in The West Australian.
After the Northern Territory, hardly the poster child for an effective juvenile justice system, we (WA) have the highest rate of youth incarceration in the country. On any night about 70 per cent of all young people in detention in WA are Aboriginal.
The chance of an Aboriginal child being in custody in our State is more than 40 times higher than that of a non-Aboriginal child.
Mission Australia expands support to Tasmanians through new employment contract
- Created on Monday, 21 January 2013 11:06
Mission Australia is expanding its range of programs in Tasmania and will assist an estimated 4,500 mostly long-term job seekers after securing a contract from the Federal Government to run Job Services Australia (JSA) services – previously run by CHOOSE Employment – in the state.
From today, 21 January 2013, CHOOSE Employment’s JSA sites in Hobart, Rosny, Kingston, Bridgewater, Glenorchy, Devonport, Burnie, Queenstown and Smithton will operate under the Mission Australia banner.