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Budget | 2015-16

Budget 2015-16
Australian Government Coat of Arms, Budget 2015-16

Youth Employment Strategy

Helping young Australians overcome challenges to participating in work and study

Young Australians need the right assistance and encouragement to learn new skills, become job ready, get a job, and stay in a job.

The Government will provide over $330 million to implement a Youth Employment Strategy. We need to improve employment outcomes for Australia's young people and make it easier for them to enter the workforce. Otherwise, Australia risks losing too many to long‑term unemployment.

The Jobs and Small Business package provides targeted support for groups of young people who are more susceptible to long term unemployment or are at risk of welfare dependence.

A new $212 million Youth Transition to Work programme will assist young people who have disengaged from work and study and are at risk of long‑term welfare dependence.

Community-based organisations will provide flexible and holistic support to help these young people find and maintain employment or take up an apprenticeship or traineeship.

This will be supplemented by $106 million for intensive support for key groups of vulnerable job seekers including disadvantaged young people with mental health concerns and vulnerable young migrants.

We are focused on providing the right mix of services and support while encouraging young people to get and stay in a job.

Current requirements for job seekers will be strengthened under the $14 million Early School Leaver policy, which helps improve education outcomes for early school leavers by ensuring they are working or studying.

Driving better participation outcomes for Australian youth

Image: Youth Employment Strategy - $331 million broken up into Youth Transition to Work - $212 million; Early School Leavers - $14 million; Intensive support trials for vulnerable job seekers $106 million.

How changes will help young job seekers

Youth Transition to Work

James left school before completing Year 12, has never had a job and feels uncertain about his future.

James is at risk of long term unemployment and a life on welfare.

Under the Youth Transition to Work programme, local community-based organisations will be contracted to reach out to help young people like James to prepare for work or undertake an apprenticeship or traineeship.

Community organisations will be funded to help James build skills that will help him get a job.

James will receive individual assistance to help him address personal issues, and mentoring to help him understand and make decisions about his future career options such as undertaking training or an apprenticeship.

The community organisation will help James to develop the skills and behaviours needed by employers, such as the ability to work as part of a team.

As an early school leaver, James will be subject to the increased activity requirements announced in this Budget. He will need to undertake 25 hours per week of education or a combination of education and part time work to access regular government payments.

Helping young people to engage with work and study, learn new skills, and get the experience they need to find sustainable employment

Helping young people engage with work and study

The Government is providing $212 million over four years to support disengaged young people and young job seekers to transition to work.

Community organisations with a track record of supporting youth will use their expertise to reach disengaged young people through various channels.

Community organisations will provide flexible and holistic support for disadvantaged young people to help them prepare for work or undertake training or education that leads to a job.

Disengaged young people like James could receive:

  • intensive case management to overcome any personal barriers to education or employment
  • one-on-one mentoring
  • literacy and numeracy training
  • communication skills development
  • help to build confidence or to address personal issues.

Community organisations could also assist young job seekers to enter an apprenticeship or access the National Work Experience Programme and the youth wage subsidy.