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FAMILY AND COMMUNITY SERVICES—YOUTH IN COMMUNITIES

Senator Siewert, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 535—That the Senate—

 (a) recognises:

  (i) the success of the Youth in Communities (YIC) measure which has led to improved school attendance, reduced substance misuse and reduced involvement in the criminal justice system amongst other positive outcomes for youth in central Australia, as recently identified by Courage Partners in their report on YIC service provider survey findings, and

  (ii) the value of youth development services and the high risk status of remote Indigenous youth; and

 (b) encourages the Government to:

  (i) commit to longer term funding for youth services and associated programs,

  (ii) urgently commit to continuing the community based aspects of the YIC measure beyond its current expiry date of June 2012, so that services can retain community-based staff rather than losing them in the lead-up to the cessation of funding in June, and

  (iii) carry out a gap analysis to assist program expansion, with a view to extending appropriate youth services to youth in all Northern Territory communities who currently miss out on youth services.

Question put and passed.