Youth employment

The Brotherhood of St Laurence is engaged in an ongoing national campaign My Chance, Our Future to draw attention to the crisis of youth unemployment in communities all over Australia.

A young man, Troy, who featured in our campaign for youth employment, speaks to media about his experiences looking for work.

In an economy fast 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 an enewsletter, 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. Read more » 


For all media enquiries contact: 
Jeannie Zakharov. Senior Communications Manager
Phone: 0428 391 117
Email: jzakharov(at)

For information on the Youth Unemployment Monitor, email the Principal Advisor, Public Affairs and Policy: ffarouque(at)

The Brotherhood of St Laurence (BSL) acknowledges and understands its obligations under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and recognises that all children and young people have the right to be treated with respect and care, and to be safe from all forms of abuse. BSL has a zero tolerance towards child abuse. Read the official statement signed by the Executive Director.

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The Brotherhood of St Laurence acknowledges and recognises the Traditional Owners of the land upon which we live and work, and we pay our respects to their Elders both past and present.