Youth attainment and transitions
As at May 2014, the proportion of 20 to 24 year olds with at least a Year 12 or Certificate II qualification was 86.3 per cent, up from the 2007 COAG target baseline of 83.5 per cent.
The Youth Connections and School Business Community Partnership Brokers programmes concluded as scheduled in December 2014.
Young Australian of the Year Award
The Government is the principal sponsor of the Young Australian of the Year Award. In 2015, the department hosted the first official event on the National Australia Day Council’s calendar of events: a congratulatory afternoon tea for the finalists of the Young Australian of the Year Award.
The sponsorship is now being administered by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. The Government’s investment in 2015 will extend the reach of the awards to more disadvantaged young people than are currently accessing the programme, which will open up opportunities for a broader range of participants.
National Youth Week and National Youth Awards
National Youth Week is an annual joint Australian, state, territory and local government initiative that celebrates and recognises the value of all young Australians to their communities. National Youth Week 2015 was held from 10 to 19 April 2015 with the theme 'It starts with us'.
The National Youth Awards celebrate and recognise young Australians aged 12–25 years. The Awards were presented during National Youth Week on 16 April 2015.
National Awards for Local Government
The National Awards for Local Government recognise and promote the innovative work of local governments across Australia and are important in supporting the Government’s partnership with local government. The Government sponsored the Youth Employment category in 2015, which recognises councils that empower young people to take part in their communities.
In 2015, the Government, through the department, co-sponsored Heywire, an Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) Radio initiative that provides an opportunity for rural and remote young people to voice their stories. Every year each ABC regional station chooses a winning entry to represent their region. Winners are invited to take part in the annual Heywire Regional Youth Summit in Canberra. Following the summit, Heywire ideas are promoted to rural and regional areas for adoption.
Duke of Edinburgh Awards
The Duke of Edinburgh Awards involve personal challenges and require young people to complete personal development activities, establish new networks and complete new challenges. It is open to both males and females aged between 14–25 years old of any cultural background, religious or political affiliation, or ability. Undertaking these awards encourages young people to volunteer their time in their communities, participate in sport and recreational activities, and develop their personal interests and social skills. The benefits are far-reaching and extend to schools, communities and governments investing in youth development programmes.
Australian Clearinghouse for Youth Studies
The Australian Clearinghouse for Youth Studies provided information for young people through library and helpdesk services, a website and a monthly newsletter.
As part of Australia’s presidency of the G20 in 2014, a Youth 20 (Y20) Summit was hosted from 12–15 July 2014 in Sydney. The Y20 was the official G20 engagement group for young people, and the department provided secretariat support to the Y20 Planning Group responsible for organising the summit.
|Youth Attainment and Transitions|
|Progress towards 2015 COAG target of 90 per cent Year 12 equivalent attainment||No targets||86.3% a|
|Number of young people for whom outcomes are achieved through support provided by the Youth Connections Programme||10,000||9,564 b|
|Number of regions that School Business Community Partnership Brokers support (delivered through 31 Local Learning and Employment Networks in Victoria)||107||107|
a Source: ABS 6227.0 - Education and Work, Australia, May 2014
b Youth Connections data is a six monthly average. This figure includes final outcomes (over a 13 week period) and progressive outcomes measured against a number of criteria including but not limited to: returning to education, improved attendance at school, improved performance at school and minimising the barriers that lead to disengagement.