Investing in Youth: Australia

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Published on September 12, 2016

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.


Foreword and acknowledgements
Acronyms and abbreviations
Executive summary
Assessment and policy options
Labour market and educational outcomes of youth in Australia
Characteristics of youth not in employment, education or training (NEETs) in Australia
Benefit receipt and youth poverty in Australia
Raising school completion rates and providing high-quality professional training in Australia
Guaranteeing employment or training optionsfor NEETs in Australia
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Australia should improve the quality of vocational education and training to help young people into work  


  • The NEET phenomenon costs #Australia about AUD 16 Billion per year, 1% of GDP
  • In 2015, 11.8% of 15-29 year-olds in Australia were not in employment, education, training [Figure 1.12]
  • 20% of all young Australians spend more than 12 months out of employment, education or training [Figure 2.17]
  • In Australia, only 50% of apprentices completed their programmes in 2014 [Figure 4.11]