Federal Member for Bonner, Ross Vasta, today invited local organisations in the electorate to apply for funding to deliver projects that will help vulnerable young people find and keep a job, as part of the Government’s new Empowering YOUth Initiatives.

“I invite not-for-profit community organisations to put forward fresh and innovative proposals that offer a different approach to youth employment to those currently available,” Mr Vasta said.

“The Government recognises that some young people, such as those who leave school early or come from a different cultural background, face greater barriers to finding work and have a higher risk of long-term unemployment.”

“That is why we’re investing $50 million in the Empowering YOUth Initiatives—to give young people the extra help they need to move into work.”

Mr Vasta said the Government is keen to leverage off the knowledge and experience of community organisations working closely with vulnerable young people.

The learnings from these trials will be used to shape future service delivery to achieve better employment outcomes for young people. The first round of projects will commence from March 2016.

Information sessions for interested organisations will be held in capital cities during November and via online webinars.

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