The iconic singer Jimmy Barnes lends his voice to our campaign for youth employment.
"Take it from a working class man – we all do deserve some hope that we can achieve our dreams."
Read more of Jimmy's story.
Underemployment – having some work but wanting more hours – is the highest it's been in 40 years.
More than 650,000 young people were unemployed or underemployed in February 2017.
Read the full report (PDF, 306 KB)
Read the press release.
Aaron, 19, is hunting for full-time work. He'd like to earn enough to launch an independent life. But in a job market where competition for entry-level roles is intense, he's finding it tough.
Watch the video.
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In the aftermath of his father’s fatal shooting by an ISIS radicalised teenager, teacher Alpha Cheng draws strength from the values of his migrant family – and hopes for a more inclusive Australia.
Read more of Alpha's story.
The Brotherhood of St Laurence’s data analysis shows that 61 per cent of unemployed people aged under 25 lack a driver’s licence.
This can be a major obstacle to finding work.
Read the full report (PDF, 182KB)
Real world work experience is a key component in supporting young people on a pathway to employment. Mainfreight is working with our Transition to Work program to help offer this experience.
Australian of the Year ‘Local Hero’ Catherine Keenan joins our youth jobs campaign. The one certainty today’s young people can count on is that their world will constantly change, the youth educator says.
Read Catherine's column.
The Brotherhood of St Laurence has pulled together key ABS data to identify the 20 worst performing areas for youth unemployment in Australia.
Rural and regional locations rank among the hardest hit communities.
Read the full report (PDF, 512KB)
Shanna, 21, has only secured two short-term jobs since finishing school in 2012. She talks about the challenges she faces in her job search which is complicated by living far from the city.
Businessman David Gonski led a major review of school funding. In this column for the Brotherhood's campaign for youth employment, he reflects on how education and skills shape life chances.
Read David's column.
Australia’s young men and women are experiencing joblessness differently. As the two sexes face different hurdles in their job search, the 2008 global financial crisis continues to cast a long shadow.
Read the full report (PDF, 334KB)
Senator Ricky Muir writes frankly about leaving school at age 15, and the ‘soul-destroying’ experience of being jobless. He says the idea that 'young people are lazy' is a stereotype.
Read Ricky's column.
Watch a video of Ricky
The dreams of Australia’s unemployed youth are being shattered as the nation’s unemployment rate overall climbs. More than 290,000 Australians aged 15 to 24 were categorised as unemployed in January.
Read the full report (PDF, 333 KB)
Tackling youth unemployment is a complex issue, but key answers can be found in our Youth Transitions Service which is currently motivating young people in unemployment hotspots in outer Melbourne.
Read about the service.
'Let us be clear – youth unemployment is not a ‘young people’ issue. It is a societal, generational issue.' Hear from Amy Rhodes and Laura Sobels, Australian delegates to the Y20.
Read Amy and Laura's column.
Analysis shows that by mid-2014, more than 15 per cent of workers in the 15-24 group were underemployed. This is the highest rate of underemployment for this group in the last 36 years.
Read the full report (PDF, 204KB)
‘I just want to get out there and work.’ Kevin, 21, who counts as underemployed, talks about what it's like to work 10 hours a week.
'I believe there is a special case for taking an interest in youth unemployment. It is concerning that more than one-third of the unemployed people in Australia are aged 15 to 24.'
Read Dr Ken Henry's column.
A new analysis by the Brotherhood of St Laurence reveals more than 50,000 people aged between 15 and 24 nationwide have now been on the unemployment treadmill for more than a year.
Read the full report (PDF, 147KB)
The Business Council of Australia president, Catherine Livingstone, declares youth unemployment ‘one of the greatest priorities for government and business to tackle.’
Read the release.
‘I left school thinking I could do anything but not really sure what that “anything” was.’ Russel Howcroft, Executive General Manager Channel 10, shares his story of leaving school and entering the workforce.
Read Russel's column.
Our new analysis of the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics labour force data shows severe increases in youth unemployment in many parts of Australia, particularly in regional and rural areas.
Read the full report (PDF, 3.6MB)
Click below to view maps showing the areas in individual Australian states where youth unemployment has spiked most dramatically over the past two years.
View the maps.
‘Today we are seeing youth unemployment figures that have reached crisis point’, writes John Hartigan, former CEO of News Limited in our first Youth Unemployment Monitor.
Read John's column.
The Brotherhood of St Laurence has pulled together key data to help you understand the pressing issue of youth unemployment in Australia.
Read the full report (PDF, 229KB)
Troy, 19, had been looking for a job for over a year. Listen to his thoughts on how hard it can be to find work with no experience or networks.
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
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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.