Federal Member for Pearce, Christian Porter, has encouraged organisations in Pearce to put forward fresh and innovative ideas to help vulnerable young Australians in Pearce find and keep a job.
The Coalition Government has released grant guidelines for the new Empowering YOUth Initatives, inviting organisations to apply for funding to deliver projects that help young people at risk of welfare dependency get into work.
“I invite not-for-profit community organisations to put forward proposals for innovative projects that offer a different approach to those currently available,” Mr Porter said.
“The Coalition Government recognises that some young people face greater barriers to finding and holding onto a job than their peers, for example those who leave school early or come from different cultural backgrounds.
“These vulnerable young Australians face greater challenges and have a higher risk of long-term unemployment and a life of welfare dependency.
“That is why we’re investing $50million in the Empowering YOUth Initiatives – to give young people the extra help they need to move into work.”
The first round of projects set up under the Empowering YOUth Initiatives will focus on young people who are living in regional areas with high levels of social disadvantage, early school leavers, and youths of Indigenous or culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
The Empowering YOUth Initiatives are part of the $331 million Youth Employment Strategy announced in the 2015-16 Budget and follows the release of guidelines last month for the new Transition to Work service, another Coalition Government initiative to tackle youth unemployment.
Mr Porter said the Government is looking to the community to benefit from the local knowledge and experience of community organisations working closely with vulnerable young people.
“We really want to encourage not-for-profit community organisations to think outside the square and run innovative projects to engage with those who are most at risk of a lifetime of welfare dependency,” Mr Porter said.
“This could be an innovative way to prevent unemployment, remove barriers to employment, or equally as importantly, sustain employment.”
The information and experiences gathered from these trials will be used to shape future service delivery to achieve better employment outcomes for young people
The first round of projects will commence from March 2016.
Information sessions for interested organisations will be held in capital cities during November and via online webinars.