The Australian Government is committed to ensuring young people develop the knowledge, skills and capabilities to be successful in education, work and life. 

Young Australian of the Year

The Young Australian of the Year award is Australia’s peak award recognising the tremendous and important contributions that young people make to Australian society. We are a proud sponsor of the Young Australian of the Year award.

Office for Youth

In May 2022 the Australian Government committed to directly and formally engaging with young Australians. To do this, the Government will establish an Office for Youth. This will be a dedicated unit within government that will:

  • listen to young people and their advocates
  • improve and harmonise policy across government
  • develop a strategy to meaningfully engage with young people.

The Hon Dr Anne Aly MP is Minister for Youth and leads this work.

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Youth Steering Committee

The Australian Government’s Youth Steering Committee will support the establishment of the Office for Youth.

The committee will co-design the new Youth Engagement Model and provide advice and feedback on government engagement with young people, including on policies and programs that matter most to them.

The Australian Youth Affairs Coalition (AYAC) is supporting the committee. Fifteen members aged 12 to 25 have been selected to join the committee.

Read the announcement.

Employment programs for young people

The following programs and services are aimed at young Australians.

Transition to Work

Transition to Work helps young people aged 15–24 into work or education.

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