Investing in Youth: Australia

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The present report on Australia is part of the series on "Investing in Youth", which builds on the expertise of the OECD on youth employment, social support and skills. This series covers both OECD countries and countries in the process of accession to the OECD, as well as some emerging economies. The report provides a detailed diagnosis of youth policies in the area of education, training, social and employment policies. Its main focus is on disengaged or at-risk of disengaged youth.


Assessment and policy options

The labour market situation of youth in Australian is quite favourable by international standards. Youth employment rates are substantially above the OECD average (66 to 51% in 2015). At the same time, rates of educational enrolment are high as many youth combine education and work, a characteristic typically associated with smoother school-to-work transitions. The youth unemployment rate in Australia is below the OECD average (10.2 vs. 11.6% in 2015).


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