On 1 January 2016 the $13.5 million Engaging Early School Leavers measure announced in the 2015-16 Budget commenced.
From 1 January 2016 early school leavers will be expected to look for work if they are not undertaking:
- full-time education; or
a combination of education and paid work for at least 25 hours a week (or 15 hours for principal carer parents and people with a partial work capacity).
Early school leavers will now also have to attain Year 12 or a Certificate III (up from Certificate II), in order to no longer be subject to the 25 hours per week participation requirement.
Early school leavers will continue to be given tailored assistance in their search for a job through jobactive. jobactive will continue to support young people who want to complete Year 12. Under the changes, the $1000 payment to jobactive providers when an early school leaver achieves Year 12 (or Certificate III), will be extended from 15-17 years olds to 15-21 year olds.
Minister for Employment Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash welcomed the measures in a media release today.