Thursday, 19 December 2019
Today’s labour force figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics show the youth unemployment rate is far too high at 11.5 per cent (seasonally adjusted).
This means there are over 255,400 young Australians heading into the festive season without a job.
This third term Government has failed to take any meaningful action to get young people prepared and into work.
Both the Minister for Employment and the Minister for Youth have conceded youth unemployment is a problem, but we are still waiting on any strategy to address the issue.
Their half-hearted attempt to get young people into work is their signature PaTH internship program, which has completely failed in terms of take up and outcomes.
The program has fallen well short of its 30,000 internship target, with only 8,234 young people commencing internships in the first almost two years of the program. Of that, only 30 per cent have been offered a job at the end.
Even on the numbers alone, the failed PaTH program is not making a dent in addressing the persistently high youth unemployment rate.
Every young person should have the opportunity to reach their potential and succeed in life. Unfortunately too many young Australians are doing it tough and the Morrison Government continues to let them down.