The Department of Employment delivers programs and services to support young Australians and help them to move from welfare to work.

Youth Employment Package

The Youth Employment Package announced in the 2016-2017 Budget aims to give young job seekers the employability skills and real work experience they need to get a job. The main features of the package include:

Youth Jobs PaTH

Youth Jobs PaTH helps young people gain the employability skills and real work experience they need to get and keep a job. The program is a key part of the $840 million Youth Employment Package announced in the 2016-17 Budget. Youth Jobs PaTH provides three elements designed to prepare young job seekers for the workplace and encourage Australian businesses to hire them:
Prepare – Trial – Hire

Encouraging Entrepreneurship and Self-Employment

The Encouraging Entrepreneurship and Self-Employment initiative will support young Australians who wish to start their own business. The initiative  includes four key measures:
Entrepreneurship Facilitators - SelfStart Online Hub - Enhancements to the New Enterprise Incentive Scheme - 'Exploring Being My Own Boss' Workshops

Youth Employment Strategy

The Youth Employment Strategy announced in the 2015–16 Budget is a $331 million commitment to help young people at increased risk of long-term unemployment get into work and move off welfare.

Transition to Work

The Transition to Work service provides intensive, pre-employment support to improve the work-readiness of young people and help them into work or return to education. The service has a strong focus on helping young people to understand more about the workplace and to develop the skills, attitudes and behaviours expected by employers.

Empowering YOUth Initiatives

Empowering YOUth Initiatives support new, innovative approaches from not-for-profit and non-government organisations to help young people who are already, or at risk of becoming, long-term unemployed overcome the barriers they face and move into work.


ParentsNext assists parents of young children to plan and prepare for employment by the time their youngest child reaches school age. It provides tailored assistance to meet a parent’s individual needs and supports them on their path to achieving education and employment goals.

Engaging Early School Leavers

The Engaging Early School leavers initiative strengthens the chances of early school leavers finding and keeping a job. It supports early school leavers who are not on track to further education look for work and find training opportunities.

Other services

Job Jumpstart

The Job Jumpstart website has articles, tip sheets and workbooks to help you better understand your employment goals and how to achieve them. The website provides information on topics like understanding your work preferences, where to find jobs, how to tailor your résumé, preparing for interviews and gaining work experience.


The following is a list of all the news items that are associated with Youth.

Graduates gain Certificate II in Civil Construction

News | 22 March 2017

Mikala’s story — Take action, don’t let fear hold you back

News | 8 March 2017

Ghulam’s impossible mission accomplished

News | 8 March 2017

New grassroots services to help young Australians into work announced

News | 1 March 2017

The Government has announced 21 organisations were successful in their applications to deliver the second round of Empowering YOUth Initiatives.

Launch of Encouraging Entrepreneurship and Self-Employment Initiative

News | 4 December 2016

The Encouraging Entrepreneurship and Self-Employment Initiative will assist young people to create their own job by starting a small business.

Response to Employability Skills Training Consultation Paper feedback

News | 10 October 2016

The Department of Employment has published a response to feedback received from stakeholders on the Employability Skills Training Consultation Paper.

Employability Skills Training consultation paper released

News | 18 August 2016

Successful ParentsNext project providers announced

News | 9 March 2016

Today the Minister for Employment, Senator the Hon. Michaelia Cash announced the organisations that will deliver ParentsNext Projects in 10 areas throughout Australia.

Final round of successful Transition to Work service providers announced

News | 3 March 2016

Successful Empowering YOUth Initiative organisations announced

News | 3 March 2016

Second round of successful Transition to Work service providers announced

News | 17 February 2016

A further 19 organisations have been announced under the second round of the Government’s Transition to Work service, to help young people move into work or continue their education.

First successful Transition to Work service providers announced

News | 29 January 2016

The Australian Government has announced the first successful Transition to Work service providers to help more early school leavers become work ready and find work.