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.
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.
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 »
27 March 2017
650,000 young Australians out of work or not getting enough hours: new report »
21 November 2016
Transport woes a roadblock for young jobless: new report »
15 March 2016
Youth unemployment 'hotspots' across the nation mapped rural and regional areas under most pressure »
09 November 2015GFC still hurting employment prospects of youth as young men and women confront different hurdles: report »
02 March 2015One in five Australians who are out of work are teenagers as youth bear burden of worsening national unemployment »
01 September 2014Generation Jobless: more than half a million young people underemployed or unemployed »
More media releases
March 2017Report: Generation Stalled: Young Australians facing unemployment and underemployment »
November 2016Report: U-turn: the transport woes of Australia's young jobseekers »
March 2016Report: Australia's youth unemployment hotspots »
November 2015Report: Paying a price: young men and women experiencing joblessness in Australia »
March 2015Report: The teenage dream unravels: trends in youth unemployment »
September 2014Report: Barely working: young and underemployed in Australia »
July 2014Submission: Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment »
28 March 2017, The Melbourne AnglicanYouth employment pressures hit 40 year high: new report
27 March 2017, Fairfax media nationallyUnderemployment of young people is the highest it has been in 40 years
27 March 2017, BuzzfeedYouth Underemployment Is The Highest It's Been In 40 Years
21 November 2016, National Nine NewsAlpha Cheng makes plea for change
16 March 2016, Sydney Morning HeraldYouth unemployment, the Sydney hotspots
16 March 2016, Fraser Coast ChronicleYouth jobless rate worst in rural, regional areas
16 March 2016, ABC SA youth unemployment rates among worst in the nation
15 March 2016, ABC Young people are struggling to find work, but none more so than those living in outback Queensland
09 November 2015, AM, Radio NationalReport shows gender differences in youth unemployment
More recent media
For all media enquiries contact: Jeannie Zakharov. Senior Communications ManagerPhone: 0428 391 117Email: jzakharov(at)bsl.org.au
For information on the Youth Unemployment Monitor, email the Principal Advisor, Public Affairs and Policy: ffarouque(at)bsl.org.au
Unemployed people on Newstart survive on as little as $38.48 a day - that's $269.40 a week for all the essentials.… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…
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.
Acknowledgement of country
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.