Release type: Joint Media Release


Youth Employment Body to help young people into work


Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash
Minister for Jobs and Innovation
Senator for Western Australia
Chris Crewther MP
Member for Dunkley

The Turnbull Government is supporting the excellent work of the Brotherhood of St Laurence to establish a Youth Employment Body to help young people into work.

A one-off grant of $700,000, announced in last week’s Budget, will establish a Youth Employment Body which will take on elements of programs that are working well at the grass roots level.

Minister for Jobs and Innovation, Michaelia Cash, and Member for Dunkley, Chris Crewther, today visited the Brotherhood of St Laurence’s site in Frankston, to discuss the Youth Employment Body initiative with local students and employment and training providers.

While the national youth unemployment rate declined over the year to March 2018 and currently stands at 12.5 per cent, the Government is acutely aware this figure is still too high and there is a need for tailored programs to address the local issues on the ground, especially in centres like the greater Frankston area.

The Youth Employment Body will focus on five key areas:

  • practice and service design
  • research and policy development
  • mobilising employer effort and expertise
  • linking local, regional and national solutions
  • developing consistent, best practice service models and tools through co-production with key community members.

Minister Cash said investing in a Youth Employment Body reaffirms the Government’s commitment to working with the community and employers to improve employment prospects for young people.

"The Brotherhood of St Laurence is a key partner of the Government – they are a highly-regarded organisation with many years of experience in researching social policy issues and working collaboratively to improve outcomes for young people," Minister Cash said.

"Last year was the best year on record for jobs growth but we want to ensure everyone has the opportunity to secure one of those jobs which is why we have programs like the Youth Employment Body and PaTH to give our young people a foot in the door."

Member for Dunkley, Chris Crewther, said the Youth Employment Body is an exciting new avenue to encourage and support employment locally and the Brotherhood of St Laurence are integral to many of our vital services in Dunkley.

"Minister Cash and I have today toured the Brotherhood of St Laurence’s facilities, met with the students and I look forward to seeing action and the positive flow-on effects for the Dunkley community stemming from the establishment of the Youth Employment Body."

The Youth Employment Body will be overseen by an independent Advisory Board comprising representatives from the vocational educational and training sector, employment peak bodies, community sector and local, state and federal government.