Youth Law Australia undertakes leading research, law reform and school-based legal education. YLA has led positive legal and policy change on issues such as child marriage, cyberbullying, intimate image-based abuse and child protection information-sharing.
In March 2018, Youth Law Australia received the exciting news that we were selected to take part in the Telstra Foundation Tech4Good Challenge. The Tech4Good Challenge brings together innovators from different community organisations across Australia to participate in weekly workshops on human-centred service design. Through these workshops, the organisations gain skills and tools to troubleshoot problems within the organisation in order to develop new, or improve existing services.
Through this process we came up with an accessible and innovative solution to address the unmet needs of young people, and understand why young people that have a problem that would benefit from legal help are not receiving it.
This project is proudly supported by the Telstra Foundation.
Youth Law Australia commenced development of a new community legal education project, TeachLaw. TeachLaw will be a national, online platform to assist teachers in educating children and young people about the law.
Through TeachLaw, we hope to enhance young people’s legal literacy and understanding of their legal rights and responsibilities and to place particular emphasis on ensuring that disadvantaged students are able to benefit from a high-quality, legally accurate educational resource.
TeachLaw received a one year funding grant from the NSW Attorney-General’s Department to develop criminal law resources for NSW in 2018-19. You can read more about the grant here.
DLA Piper’s pro bono practice has a strategic focus on protecting and promoting the rights of children and young people. DLA Piper has contributed to TeachLaw in preparing the TeachLaw materials as well as through research and consultation in the early stages of developing the TeachLaw program.
This project is proudly supported by the NSW Attorney-General’s Department.
Youth Law Australia works hard to monitor and advocate for the rights and best interests of young people in Australia. As an NGO with special consultative status with the United Nations’ Economic and Social Council, YLA is a leader of the Child Rights Taskforce – Australia’s peak children’s rights body made up of over 100 organisations, and drafted the Taskforce’s recent report to the UN on the state of children’s rights observance in Australia.
YLA also prepared the “Children’s Rights” section of the Shadow Report for the 6th periodic report of the ICCPR (submitted September 2017) under the input and direction of the Steering Committee of the Child Rights Taskforce.
This project is proudly supported by the Australian Child Rights Taskforce.