We’re working to transform the systems that impact young people so they can pursue lives they value.

Over recent decades, education has been seen as the main path to a sustainable livelihood.

However, shifts in the labour market threaten to leave young people behind. There is not such a direct link between education and satisfying, decent work.

Ensuring all young people have a future to aspire to is a responsibility shared among policymakers, employers, educators and the community. We need collaboration based on the best evidence and ideas.

The Youth Opportunity team makes the most of its position at the nexus of research, policy and practice. We work hand-in-glove with BSL’s youth transition team to pursue systemic change for young people experiencing disadvantage.

Our work spans the areas of education, employment, leaving care and custody, and homelessness and housing.

Find all recent publications on Youth (2000-present)

Visit the BSL library for our prior research on Youth (pre 2000)

Our policy positions for youth

• Expand the availability of specialist employment assistance for young people.

Selected publications

By Danielle Thornton, David Politanski, Joseph Borlagdan & Shelley Mallett 2020
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By Sharon Bond and Deborah Keys 2020

What works to achieve effective employment services for young people? This report presents lessons from the evaluation of the Transition to Work Community of Practice

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By Dina Bowman, Malita Allan and Iris Levin 2019

This Stage 11 report of the Life Chances Study examines post-compulsory education and work experiences for young people in their mid-20s.

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By Marion Coddou, Joseph Borlagdan and Shelley Mallett 2019

The most comprehensive study of foyers shows that prioritising education for young people experiencing homelessness pays off.

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By Lisa Conley 2018

How can we support young people who have experienced a child protection or youth justice order to make a successful transition to adulthood?

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By Zuleika Arashiro and Amanda Pagan 2018

How valuable are small community service organisations to those who use them and those who work within them?

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By George Myconos, Eric Dommers and Kira Clarke 2018

How can Australia’s vocational education and training (VET) sector meet the needs of disadvantaged young students?

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Selected projects

A research project evaluating three new Education First Youth Foyers in Victoria

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A research project providing new insights into enabling young people to pursue their employment goals, place based responses to youth unemployment, and collaborative ways of working

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A project giving young people the freedom to take photographs that represent their experiences of education or employment

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What are some keys to helping young people to gain planning and independent living skills?

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Looking for services related to youth?

Education First Youth Foyers are integrated learning and accommodation centres that develop the skills of young people at risk of homelessness.

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The Better Futures service is a new way of supporting young people who are making the transition from out-of-home care to independence.

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Our approach to working with people with disability focuses on building a sense of wellbeing and autonomy. We recognise the importance of family, friends, carers and community.

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Transition to Work is a training and employment program for young people living in Melbourne’s north-western and south-eastern outer suburbs.

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The ReSource Youth program empowers young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds to make informed decisions about education, employment and volunteer pathways.

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Our David Scott School is a registered, independent school for disadvantaged young people. It opened its doors in early 2017 to Year 10, 11 and 12 students.

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Our Youth Transitions Support Pilot Program helps young refugees participate in the community through work, education and sport.

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Creating Futures for Youth empowers young people to pursue their career goals and build their capacity to work or undertake further learning.

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Are you looking for work or wanting to broaden your work experience? BSL can help place you in a traineeship.

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