Submission to the ACT Budget 2024-25

The Youth Coalition of the ACT is committed to working in partnership with community and government to collaboratively develop and strengthen service systems that will improve outcomes for young people and their families. A range of opportunities exist to improve outcomes for children, young people and families through the final budget of the Tenth Assembly for the ACT. 

Access the full Budget Submission.

In our 2024-25 Budget Submission, we highlight several key areas of unmet need:

  1. Child and Youth Mental Health:
    • Urgent and longer-term funding for ‘WOKE’ and ‘Stepping Stones’ to prevent the closure of these programs that provide evidence-based models of therapeutic support to children, young people and families. WOKE supports young people at high risk of suicide and self-harm. Stepping Stones is the only trauma support service for children aged 0-12 not engaged with CYPS.
    • Improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the ACT child and youth mental health system: Continued investment for projects that seek to address system complexities, including MindMap, the CAMHS Single Point of Access Pilot, and ACT Child and Youth Mental Health Sector Alliance.
    • Mental health service capacity to support raising the Minimum Age of Criminal Responsibility: Scoping to assess the capacity and capability of government and non-government mental health programs to respond effectively to children and families engaged with MACR reforms.

  2. Adequately resourcing child, youth and family sector reforms: Current reforms that intend to improve outcomes for children, young people and families must be adequately resourced to ensure that services are appropriately funded and the workforce appropriately supported. Shared capability building, professional development and strengthening of infrastructure and technology to improve data collection is needed across government and community partners.

  3. Preventing and responding to racism in schools and services: Funding to support actions to progress anti-racism strategies within schools and the community, following recent research findings demonstrating that children and young people in Canberra often experience and witness racism.

  4. Investing in social and affordable housing: Financial investment for the strategies and actions proposed by ACTCOSS to address the housing crisis in the ACT.

Read more in the full Budget Submission.

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