We are drawing attention to the crisis of youth unemployment in Australia.

We do this through our ongoing national campaign My Chance, Our Future.

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.

Youth Unemployment Monitor

A key part of our campaign is the Youth Unemployment Monitor

The Monitor is a useful source of information and policy analysis. But it’s not all facts and figures – we present the human stories of youth unemployment and the challenges young people face today.

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Read past Youth Unemployment Monitors

Latest Youth Unemployment Monitor: December 2020

Rising young lawyer Nyadol Nyuon reflects on her journey to enter the profession and the resources that she has drawn on along the way.

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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.

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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.

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Youth employment and COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has wrought sudden and severe disruption to the labour market. As with the Global Financial Crisis, young people are especially vulnerable. Together, we can amplify employment outcomes for young people and business in communities.

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