Who gets what where: review of government-funded youth employment programs across Australia

Miranda Cross

This paper identifies the range of current government-funded employment programs for which young people may be eligible.

At a glance

To tackle Australia’s high rate of youth unemployment we need to understand what's currently being done and where the gaps are.

The paper outlines numerous employment programs that are funded by the Australian and state governments and are open to young people (at July 2019). It shows the scope and focus of government investment, and the effects on program design.

Dive deeper

A major part of the paper focuses on Australian Government funded employment programs. It describes the inputs and program design of each program, and the discourses that have informed their policy solutions. Where possible, the paper also describes program outcomes, evidence from evaluations and barriers to implementation.

A shorter section considers the policy and program approaches implemented by state and territory governments to address youth unemployment.

This report (and the accompanying spreadsheet ) was produced to support the Youth Employment Study (YES). The YES research is funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council and led by the School of Population and Global Health at the University of Melbourne.

Last updated on 1 July 2020