Children, youth and families

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The Royal Commission into institutional responses into child sexual abuse - August 2013

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Mission Australia supports the principal of a national WWCC as we believe that a stronger response can be achieved through a national scheme that delivers clear and consistent outcomes, efficiency gains and ease of administration. A national scheme will also support the mobility of workers and volunteers across multiple jurisdictions.

Productivity Commission Inquiry into Childcare and Early Childhood Learning - February 2014

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Mission Australia's submission encourages that the Productivity Commission (PC) should recommend the childcare system Australia should aspire to, that would achieve positive outcomes for children and generate the productivity and participation gains made possible with affordable and accessible early learning.

Mission Australia's position statement on families and children

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Mission Australia supports families to raise strong, healthy, and resilient children, enabling them to get the best possible start in life and equitable opportunities later in life. Our integrated service model aims to draw together services in a client centred approach, reflective of individual family circumstances and needs.

What's important to YOUth? Response to discussion paper

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We believe that policy development and service delivery should be informed by the voices of the people affected. Accordingly, the findings and recommendations in this submission draw on what we’ve heard from young people themselves, gained though: our annual Youth Survey; and consultations specifically for this submission.

Domestic Violence: Interventions for higher risk offenders

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Mission Australia welcomes the NSW Government's commitment to preventing and responding to domestic and family violence. We support perpetrator programs to break the cycle of violence, alongside much needed services for women, children and other family members affected by domestic and family violence.

Blueprint for the domestic and family violence response in NSW

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Mission Australia is an experienced provider of Domestic and Family Violence (DFV) services. We work across the whole DFV spectrum and provide early intervention and prevention, crisis accommodation and specialist services as well as sector advocacy. This is our submission to the NSW Domestic and Family Violence Blueprint For Reform.

Mission Australia senate submission on child care bill - January 2016

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Mission Australia welcomes the additional investment in quality Early Childhood Education and Care to support workforce participation, however we are concerned that some vulnerable families and children may be worse off.

Cairns young people report 2016

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Mission Australia's State of the Children 2016 report for the Cairns South and Yarrabah area will help the community identify areas for improvement, the planning of services and advocacy for young people in the region.

Queensland youth detention review submission

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Mission Australia’s submission to the Independent Review of Youth Detention in Queensland calls for a shift to early intervention and prevention and addressing the underlying causes of offending. It also highlights service models that work to help young people get back on track through education, employment and cultural connection.

Prevention of youth suicide in NSW

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Youth suicide is an escalating issue in NSW that requires timely and effective responses.  We welcome the opportunity to provide input to the inquiry on the prevention of youth suicide in NSW. This submission focuses on the terms of reference in relation to provision of services in local communities and provision of services for vulnerable and at risk groups. 

Inquiry into Career Advice Activities in Victorian Schools

Inquiry into career advice in Victorian schools

Mission Australia’s response to the inquiry focused on young people who are currently disengaged or at risk of disengaging from education. The submission highlighted the need for meaningful early intervention, and providing young people with opportunities to receive practical experience and information before they make decisions about their future career path. 

Review to Achieve Educational Excellence in Australian Schools

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Mission Australia’s submission to the Review to Achieve Educational Excellence in Australian Schools focused on young people disengaged from education, strengthening communities, early intervention and participation in extra-curricular activities.

Better Choices Youth in WA Mission Australia

Better Choices Youth in WA Mission Australia

Mission Australia welcomed the initiative to develop a youth strategy for young people in WA. Our submission highlighted our services in WA and other innovative youth programs in other states and territories. The submission also focused on the need to co-design and engage with the young people, community sector, and other relevant stakeholders to develop a meaningful youth strategy.

Inquiry into Adequacy of Youth Diversionary Programs in NSW

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Mission Australia’s submission into the inquiry into the adequacy of youth diversionary programs in NSW calls for an expansion of effective diversionary programs across the state, increase in wrap around supports for young people engaged in the juvenile justice system to overcome personal barriers and increase in meaningful early intervention programs. The submission also highlights service models that are effective in supporting young people to get back on track through education, employment and cultural connection.

Stronger Outcomes for Families 2018

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Our submission to the Department of Social Services consultation into Stronger Outcomes for Children focused on a number of key areas including the Communities for Children program. We made a range of recommendations including expanding and building upon the Communities for Children program through the future funding rounds of family and children activities. We thank the staff members from NSW, VIC and QLD for their valuable contributions.

10 year strategy for reducing family and domestic violence in WA

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Mission Australia made a submission to the 10 year strategy for reducing family and domestic violence in WA conducted by the Department of Communities. The submission focused heavily on family and domestic violence service provision in rural and remote areas and made a series of recommendations to encouraging the government to incorporate policies to provide early intervention, education and culturally appropriate and sensitive services that are co-designed and delivered through local communities.

Their Futures Matter

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Mission Australia’s response to the NSW government’s ‘Their Future Matters’ access system redesign discussion paper. We welcome the opportunity to make a submission in relation to moving the system from crisis to early help: connecting children, young people and families to the right supports at the right time.

Outcomes Framework for Children and Young People in South Australia 2019

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The submission to Child Development Council on the proposed outcomes framework for children and young people in South Australia. The submission highlighted some of the areas a future framework should focus on to obtain a clear picture of the needs of children and young people in South Australia.

National Youth Commission Inquiry into Youth Transitions and Employment 2019

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Our submission highlighted the findings from a range of Mission Australia Youth Survey reports, experience from service delivery and experiences of young people to demonstrate the need for more holistic, wrap around supports for young people to smoothly transition from education to employment. It also focused on the need for young people to have a say in decision making processes, service design and implementation.

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