Compact with Young Australians

The Compact with Young Australians was established to help young people get the skills they need to get a job and make a successful transition to further education or training.

The Compact with Young Australians included the following:

  • A National Youth Participation Requirement for all young people to participate in schooling until they have completed Year 10 (or an approved equivalent) and then in full-time (at least 25 hours per week) education, training or employment (or a combination of these) until they are aged 17.
  • Strengthened participation requirements, which means anyone under 21 who does not have a Year 12 or equivalent qualification and who is not in education or training will not be eligible for Youth Allowance (Other) (with some exemptions). Their parents will also not be eligible to receive Family Tax Benefit Part A.
  • An entitlement to an education or training place for young people aged 15 to 24.  Officially expired on 31 December 2011 as it had been embedded in state and territory policies around increasing young people’s participation in education and training.