The Australian Government Office for Youth coordinates the Government’s commitment to working for and with young people (aged 12–25).
The Office for Youth manages programs and initiatives to engage, support and work with with young people.
The Australian Government is committed to reducing disadvantage in education for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.
The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Schooling agenda through a number of programs and initiatives aims to improve reading, writing and numeracy achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, as well as Year 12 attainment rates by 2020.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can apply for a scholarship from the Australian Government to attend high performing secondary schools or universities to achieve their academic and leadership development aspirations.
This help is available through the Indigenous Youth Leadership Program.
The National Partnership on Youth Attainment and Transitions supports getting more young people to complete their Year 12 or equivalent qualification and halving the gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in receiving these qualifications.
Young people who are at risk of leaving school or have left school can get support from the Australian Government to continue their education and finish Year 12 or get an equivalent qualification.
Career development describes the lifelong process of managing life, learning and work. It involves individuals planning and making decisions about education, training and career choices as well as developing the right skills and knowledge to do this.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people in remote communities may be able to work as a trainee in a school and complete an Indigenous Remote Service Delivery Traineeship. Applicants for a traineeship from outer regional areas may also be accepted for this program at the discretion of the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.
The Indigenous Youth Mobility Program (IYMP) helps young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people move to a new location in order to gain the skills they need to get a job in their community or elsewhere.
The National Youth Affairs Research Scheme is a cooperative funding program between the Australian Government and state and territory governments. It facilitates the development of national research results into policies affecting young people.
The School Business Community Partnership Brokers (Partnership Brokers) program is focused on building partnerships to help young people to achieve Year 12 or equivalent qualifications and reach their full potential.
The Compact with Young Australians promotes skill acquisition and ensures young people are learning or earning.
Learn Earn Legend! is an Australian Government initiative, which supports young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to stay at school and get a job and be a legend for themselves, their family and community.
Learn Earn Legend! activities assist with promoting the importance of education, training and employment to young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
The Australian Government helps Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to complete a teaching degree through the Governor-General’s Indigenous Student Teacher Scholarships.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can get help to manage challenges that make the move from school to work difficult. The Indigenous Youth Careers Pathways Program—through contracted service providers—facilitates school-based traineeships for Indigenous students to support their transition to work.
The Creative Young Stars program will encourage, support and celebrate creative, cultural, academic and community achievement.
The Social Enterprise Development and Investment Fund (SEDIF) offers finance and support to eligible social enterprises to help them grow their business and increase the impact of their work in their communities.
Social Innovation finds new ways of working across public, private and community sectors to create social change. The Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations drives social innovation in Australia through projects and thought leadership that demonstrate how we can achieve better outcomes in key policy areas targeted for impact. Focus areas for our work so far include development of investment intended to have social and economic benefit (impact investing), the social enterprise sector, and incubation of new strategies for achieving better outcomes in and with communities.