Youth get seat at table

Young people are set to speak directly with decision-makers on the issues that affect them most at the next meeting of the Australian Government’s Youth Roundtables.

Assistant Minister for Youth and Employment Services, the Hon Luke Howarth MP, said the Roundtables were an important way to listen and engage with young people and get their thoughts on the latest developments in Government policy and programs that affect them.

“It is an opportunity to hear first-hand how our young people have been impacted by COVID-19,” Assistant Minister Howarth said.

“This year’s Budget included a continuing focus on young Australians through a suite of targeted measures to educate young Australians, encourage them into work and support their mental health.

“To encourage students to study for the jobs of the future, we’ve introduced the Job‑ready Graduates package and are investing $20 billion this year in higher education.

“We are also investing a record $6.4 billion this financial year alone in vocational education and training subsidies and reforms. This investment will ensure young people have access to low-fee, high-quality and relevant training, to develop the skills to get ahead in their career.

“The Government is also investing $1.2 billion over four years from 2021-22 in the Transition to Work service, which is providing targeted and high-quality intensive support to disadvantaged young people, to help them move into work and education.

“Over five years, $600.3 million is being invested in Youth Jobs PaTH, a program which has provided more than 132,000 young people with employability training and internships.”

The Roundtables continue the work of the recently launched Youth Policy Framework, which sets out a blueprint for how the Government will support young Australians.

Guests are set to include young people from all over the country, including those who have been in employment services.

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