Increasing Youth Employment and Participation in Remote Areas
Earlier this year, AYAC conducted a survey of young people in remote areas of Australia asking for their experiences in employment and views on what could be changed to increase their workplace participation.
The survey showed that remote youth unemployment levels are disproportionately high, with responses showing a significant disparity between the rate of national and remote youth unemployment.
Of those surveyed, 25% responded that they desired paid employment, this is almost 5 times the national average.
Respondents attributed this to a lack of job opportunity within remote areas, along with poor access to education, training, mentoring and support programs.
An inability to access transportation was identified as another barrier which prohibits young people from seeking employment outside of their area, or pursuing higher education in major towns.