The Department of Education, Skills and Employment delivers programs and services to support young Australians to develop the knowledge, skills and capabilities to be successful in education, work and life.

In March 2021 the department gained responsibility for youth affairs, including youth transitions, following the appointment of the Hon Alan Tudge MP as Minister for Education and Youth, and the Hon Luke Howarth MP as Assistant Minister for Youth and Employment Services in December 2020.

One of the most important factors influencing young people’s ability to reach their potential is having access to and receiving a quality education, and then being able to develop the skills to get ahead in their future career.

The department is focussed on backing young Australians to succeed through access to high quality education, opportunities for employment and participating in their local communities; and finding the best pathways for our young people from schooling into further education, training and employment.

We are also working across Government to deliver on whole of Government priorities in areas like mental health.

The Government’s 2021-22 Budget includes a suite of targeted measures to educate young Australians, encourage them into work and support their mental health.  Young Australians continue to be a focus for the Government as the COVID-19 economic recovery continues.

Supporting Young Australians

Targeted measures announced in the 2021-22 Budget aim to give young Australians practical support into work, education and support their mental health. The main features of the package include:

Boosting Apprenticeships

The Budget commits more than $2.7 billion to boosting apprenticeship commencements, as we look to continue our partnership with the states and territories to provide low-fee and fee-free training places in areas of need.

Expanding the Transition to Work program

The Budget commits $481.2 million to expand the Transition to Work program to help disadvantaged young people aged 15-24 make the transition into work or further studies.

Transition to Work will be brought into the Government’s new employment services model, the largest reform to employment services in more than 20 years, starting from July 2022.


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Youth policy

Young Australians are our future. Australia has over 3.2 million young people aged 15–24, this represents one in every eight Australians, and one in five of our working age (15–64) population.

The Australian Government is committed to ensuring young people develop the knowledge, skills and capabilities to be successful in education, work and life. 

As part of this commitment, the Government is preparing to release a National Youth Policy Framework, following consultations with young Australians in 2019 and 2020.

Thank you to those who were involved and contributed feedback as part of consultations on the Framework.

The Framework is now being finalised to ensure it accurately reflects the realities of the world in which young people find themselves in 2021, including the impact of COVID-19 and upcoming critical research. This will ensure focus remains on the things that matter most to young Australians as we continue to build our recovery from the pandemic.

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