Annual Reports

As a registered charitable non-government organisation, Youth Law Australia publishes an Annual Report for each previous financial year (1 July to 30 June). Links to copies of the Centre’s most recent Annual Reports are below.

If you would like to view other past Annual Reports, you can request a copy by emailing [email protected]

2016 - 2017 Annual Report

2015 - 2016 Annual Report

2014 - 2015 Annual Report

2013 - 2014 Annual Report

2012 - 2013 Annual Report

Submissions

You can find copies of some recent submissions that Youth Law Australia drafted and contributed to below, If you would like to a copy of any other submissions that we have made, you can request a copy by emailing [email protected]

Joint Shadow Report on the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR)

The purpose of this report was to assess the implementation of the ICCPR in Australia (which was implemented in Australia on 13 August 1980). Youth Law Australia prepared the “Children’s Rights” section of the Shadow Report for the 6th periodic report of the ICCPR (September 2017) under the input and direction of the Steering Committee of the Child Rights Taskforce.

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Research

You can find copies of some recent research papers that Youth Law Australia drafted and contributed to below, If you would like to a copy of any of our other research papers, you can request a copy by emailing [email protected]

Opportunities for information sharing: case studies

Youth Law Australia contributed to the research conducted by the Social Policy Research Centre (SPRC) at the University of NSW on the exchange of personal information between government agencies, and between government and other sectors. The research was commissioned by the NSW Government Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.

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Research on youth exposure to, and engagement of, cyberbullying incidents in Australia

Youth Law Australia contributed to the research conducted by the Social Policy Research Centre (SPRC) at the University of NSW, the University of South Australia, the University of Western Sydney, and the Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre on the exposure of youth to cyberbullying and the management of cyberbullying. The research was commissioned by the Australian Government Department of Communications.

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New Voices/New Laws

Youth Law Australia partnered with Legal Aid NSW to conduct research into the online behaviours of young people in NSW and how criminal laws apply to their behaviour. The focus of the research was on cyberbullying and sexting, and sought to empower young people to understand their rights and to engage in consultation about the need for law and policy reform.

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Other Publications

Children and the Law (2nd edition)

Youth Law Australia contributed to the writing of Children and the Law 2nd Edition, edited by Lisa Young, Mary Anne Kenny and Geoffrey Monahan in the form of developing several case scenarios on common legal issues faced by children.

The scenarios were based on common Lawmail queries received, and the advice provided. The purpose of these scenarios was to demonstrate how the law works in practice in advising children and young people throughout Australia. The scenarios are contained within the Appendix.

CRC25: Australian child rights progress report

This report was drafted by the Australian Child Rights Taskforce, being a network of over 100 organisations and individuals committed to the protection, promotion and fulfilment of the rights of children in Australia. The purpose of the report was to review the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child since its ratification in 1990 and make recommendations to better protect the rights of the child.

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Indigenous Law Bulletin – Child Rights Edition

Youth Law Australia collaborated with the Indigenous Law Centre to produce a child rights focussed edition of the Indigenous Law Bulletin. The bulletin explored issues relating to the rights of Indigenous children and young people and included articles on out-of-home care arrangements, self-harm and helpseeking behaviour, and the work of Indigenous community controlled organisations, programs and solutions. You can read more here.

Guardianship and independent legal representation for unaccompanied minors seeking asylum in Australia – Avoiding a Conflict of Interest 2012

This Discussion Paper examines the various issues associated with Australia’s current arrangements for the guardianship of unaccompanied minors seeking asylum in Australia. Under the Immigration (Guardianship of Children) Act 1946 (Cth), the Commonwealth Minister for Immigration and Citizenship is designated to be the legal guardian of every unaccompanied child who arrives in Australia.1 As with any fiduciary relationship, the guardian-Minister is expected to act with loyalty and good faith, and is expected to pursue the best interests of their ward-unaccompanied minor at all times.

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'Listen to children' – the 2011 child rights NGO report

This report was drafted by the Australian Child Rights Taskforce, being a network of over 100 organisations and individuals committed to the protection, promotion and fulfilment of the rights of children in Australia. The report serves as the NGO Report submitted to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child and reviews the progress of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and its implementation in Australia.

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Media releases

Winners of the 2014 Children's Law Awards and special bulletin of the Human Rights Law Centre

The 2014 Children’s Law Awards ceremony was held on Friday 5 September 2014 at the Sydney office of King & Wood Mallesons. Finalists from New South Wales, Western Australia, Victoria, Queensland, the Northern Territory, Tasmania and South Australia attended the ceremony. Guests included representatives from the Public Interest Advocacy Centre, the Human Rights Law Centre, Justice Connect, UNICEF Australia, Refugee Advice & Casework Service and Salvos Legal.

The 2014 Children’s Law Awards recognise the achievements and commitment of those individuals and organisations who advance the legal rights and interests of children and young people across Australia.

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Recognising the importance of child rights advocacy - 2012 Children's Law Awards winners announced

The winners of the 2012 Children’s Law Awards have been announced, acknowledging the importance of promoting and advocating children’s legal rights in Australia. Presented by the National Children’s and Youth Law Centre (NCYLC) and King & Wood Mallesons with the support of the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department, the awards recognise the achievements and commitment of individuals and organisations who advance the legal rights and interests of children and young people across the country.

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