A number of grants and funding have been made available from state and commonwealth governments to sectors that support young people.
Information about these opportunities is available at www.covid-19.sa.gov.au. The updates from the Premier and the Prime Minister on the homepage of this site also have the latest grant and support announcements.
An example of funding that the South Australian youth sector is highly encouraged to consider is the COVID-19 Support Grants under Grants SA. Eligible not-for-profit community organisations can apply for up to $10,000 to continue to deliver programs during the public health emergency.
The Government of South Australia (via the Department of Human Services) will be co-hosting an online forum with the Youth Affairs Council of South Australia to hear directly from a range of sectors that support young people about current needs and what will be most helpful going forward. Further details will be released soon and updated here.
The development of the Strong Futures: SA Youth Action Plan was a year in the making and launched around the same time as COVID-19 hit. For this reason, the Plan doesn’t currently refer to COVID-19 related issues. Strong Futures Projects featured in the Plan however are intended to be co-designed further with partners and are adaptable over time.
As projects are developed, and we consider the longer term impacts of COVID-19, we look forward to providing further information about support available to young people and the sectors that support them.
COVID-19: Advice for young people
Visit the links above or head to YACSA’s Smashed Avocado for news and resources tailored to suit young people’s most common questions and concerns about COVID-19.
It’s normal to feel stress and worry when there is a health event happening in the community that is affecting people’s wellbeing. It’s important to look after your mental health and wellbeing during the COVID-19 outbreak. Check out our top tips below.
If you need help and support at this time, useful places to start are:
Wellbeing SA’s new platform, Open Your World, contains a wealth of information on looking after yourself and others, connecting, staying active and health and learning at home.
For young people
SA.GOV.AU is the best place for South Australian citizens and businesses to find government services and information. Just search ‘youth’ or ‘young people’ and you’ll find a wealth of resources and services available across the state.
Further useful phone numbers and websites are listed below.
Be You supports children’s and young people’s mental health in early learning services and schools, from early years to 18. Be You is lead by Beyond Blue and replaces the KidsMatter mental health and wellbeing initiative for children.
QLife is Australia’s first nationally-oriented counselling and referral service for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) people. The service provides nation-wide, early intervention, peer-supported telephone, and web-based services to people of all ages experiencing psychological distress, social isolation, discrimination, poor mental health, experiences of being misgendered and/or other social determinants that impact on their health and wellbeing.
Phone 1800 184 527 (3.00pm-midnight every day).
HCSCC helps people with complaints about health or community services provided in South Australia.
These services may include (but are not limited to):
- registered health professionals such as doctors, nurses, and dentists
- alternative health therapists such as acupuncturists, naturopaths and masseurs
- other community services such as disability services, in-home support, respite care, and counselling.
Key state youth advocates
In 2016, the South Australian Government introduced the Children and Young People (Oversight and Advocacy Bodies) Act 2016 that gives powers to the following independent bodies in South Australia:
- Commissioner for Children and Young People
- Guardian for Children and Young People
- Child Death and Serious Injury Review
- Child Development Council (and development of a Charter and Outcomes Framework for Children and Young People)
The Act recognises the rights of children and young people in accordance with the law and those set out in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. The bodies under the Act, are charged with representing the best interests of children and young people in South Australia, including advocacy for systems changes.
In 2018, the Marshall Government also appointed a Commissioner for Aboriginal Children and Young People.
Another important state advocate for young people and those that work in the sector is the Youth Affairs Council of South Australia.
The state government aims to continue to maintain good working relationships with key state youth advocates.
Engagement with young people
The South Australian Government, in collaboration with the Youth Affairs Council of South Australia and young people, produced Better Together: A Practical Guide to Effective Engagement with Young People. This resource is a starting point for engagement with young people in decision making processes and includes practical tools and tips to plan and undertake successful consultations and engagement.
1. Dept. of Human Services Review 2019 was informed by recent consultations representing 6,000+ voices of young South Australians sourced from:
- Youth Survey Report, Mission Australia 2019
- Listening Tour Reflections, SA Comm. for Children and Young People 2017
- Aust. Youth Representative Consultation Report, UN Youth Australia 2018
- YACSA Summit Report, Youth Affairs Council of South Australia 2017
- Youth Parliament Passed Bills and Proposed Acts, YMCA SA 2017-2019
2. Youth Panel Report – SA Youth Action Plan Consultation, Dept. of Human Services 2019
3. Dept. for Innovation and Skills 2020