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.


Guaranteeing employment or training optionsfor NEETs in Australia

This chapter looks at Australia’s policies and programmes to bring NEETs into education or employment. The chapter sets off by describing the current architecture of market-based employment and social service delivery, and by discussing the challenge of co-ordinating services for at-risk youth. It presents strategies for reaching out to disengaged youth, and evaluates the impact of recent policy changes. It then assesses the coverage and adequacy of programmes aimed at reengaging young jobseekers in employment, education or training, and to provide them with comprehensive social support. The chapter ends with a discussion of the political framework for ensuring that the impact of programmes targeted at NEETs in Australia is rigorously evaluated.


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