The Morrison Government has today released the new Australian Youth Policy Framework, as part of ongoing and extensive consultation with young Australians.
The framework acknowledges the challenges faced by young Australians, particularly from the impacts of COVID-19, and outlines the Government’s significant supports in education, employment, mental health and community engagement.
It also provides an important snapshot of Australia’s 3.2 million young people and recognises the important role they play in our nation.
Minister for Education and Youth Alan Tudge said the framework aimed to look beyond the pandemic with optimism.
“Young Australians have been hit particularly hard by recent bushfires, floods and the COVID-19 pandemic, but they have also shown incredible resilience,” Minister Tudge said.
“Missing out on schooling, sport, community events, key life moments, and time with family and friends has taken a significant toll, but there is much to be optimistic about.”
“As our vaccine program ramps up and we see an end to lockdowns, this framework will help ensure we are focused on programs that keep our young people happy, healthy, safe and thriving.”
“We’re ensuring they have purpose and support and the best opportunities to succeed in the things that matter most to them including school, university and finding a job.”
Assistant Minister for Youth and Employment Services Luke Howarth said the measures focus on listening to young people and giving them a greater say in what matters to them most.
“As we emerge from the pandemic, young people have a seat at the table and a say in securing Australia’s recovery and building for the future.” Assistant Minister Howarth said.
“I would like to thank the young people who participated in the consultations that led to this framework, be that in person or online.
“We remain focused on bringing hope to young people and our conversation will continue. We want all young Australians to be healthy, safe and empowered to reach their full potential.”
The Australian Youth Policy Framework is available on the Department of Education, Skills and Employment website.