Release type: Media Release


10,000 young Australians to get on the right PaTH


Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash
Minister for Employment
Minister for Women
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service
Senator for Western Australia

Another leading industry organisation has backed the Coalition Government’s Youth Jobs PaTH (Prepare-Trial-Hire) program with a commitment to deliver thousands of internships for young Australians.

The Australian Retailers Association has confirmed it will partner with the Turnbull Government and deliver up to 10,000 internships to young Australians looking to get into work through the Youth Jobs PaTH program.

Employment Minister, Michaelia Cash, said the Coalition understood that the best form of welfare is a job.

"We are implementing practical measures so that those looking for work have the experience and skills they need to secure a job,” Minister Cash said.

"The retail trade industry employs more than 1.2 million people. It is also the largest employer of young Australians. Today’s announcement will provide more opportunities for thousands of young Australians to learn new skills and showcase their talents in this industry.

"The Turnbull Government is pleased that a respected industry leader like the Australian Retailers Association is backing young Australians who are willing to put up their hands and have a go.”

Australian Retailers Association Executive Director, Russell Zimmerman, said retail is not just a place to start work but can deliver a career, with some of Australia’s most successful business people starting on the shop floor.

"We are very excited to be a part of the PaTH program. Our retailers are already major employers of young people and these PaTH internships will now provide another way that employers can give young people a go so that they can develop their skills and experience,” Mr Zimmerman said.

"We need our young staff to have basic vocational skills, and the mix of retail means you could need food training to tyre fitting qualifications before you can start on the job.”

Since the Coalition was elected in 2013 the economy has created more than 686,000 jobs. The Youth Jobs PaTH program is a central element of the Turnbull Government’s comprehensive plan to get more Australians into work.

Despite the program being in its infancy, the evidence to date demonstrates the Youth Jobs PaTH model is working — more than 4,800 people have commenced employability skills training courses and more than 6,200 young Australians have found work through the newly reformed youth wage subsidy.

The elements of Youth Jobs PaTH are:

  • Prepare — Employability Skills Training (EST) to help young people better understand what employers expect of them in the workplace and equip them with the skills, attitude and behaviours for them to be successful in a job.
  • Trial — under the $250 million ‘Trial’ element, the Government is encouraging local businesses to take on a young person aged 17 to 24 in an internship for a period of up to 12 weeks.
  • Hire — a Youth Bonus wage subsidy of up to $10,000 has been available since 1 January 2017 to help more businesses hire young people.

Further information about Youth Jobs PaTH, including internships, is available at: