We are drawing attention to the crisis of youth unemployment in Australia.
In an economy shifting to a knowledge and service base and striving to be internationally competitive, employers place a huge premium on qualifications, skills and work experience.
It is not due to chance, or perceived attitudes of young people today, that we find over a quarter of a million 15 to 24 year-olds who are jobless.
We need to restore hope for our emerging generation. Australia needs a new approach to assist jobless young people to build their qualifications, skills and experience to obtain a job in the modern economy.
Our national campaign involves data analysis and spotlights research and policy around this critical issue to secure our nation’s future.
Latest Youth Unemployment Monitor: December 2020
In Australia, the COVID recession has compounded a decade of high youth unemployment that followed the GFC. The youth unemployment rate is now close to the highest level seen this century and underemployment is emerging as a major challenge.
Heidi, 22, was working in the hospitality industry, managing three restaurants, when the COVID-19 pandemic hit. Learn more about the support Heidi received, and why she's hopeful for the future.