Growing Jobs and Small Business – engaging early school leavers

From 1 January 2016, school leavers 15 to 21 years of age will be given greater incentives to study or work in order to improve their chances of finding long term employment. This will include:

This Budget measure is not subject to the passage of legislation.   

Description of the measure

  • requiring early school leavers to meet their activity test requirements of 25 hours per week until they get a Year 12 or Certificate III qualification or turn 22, or
  • requiring early school leavers to look for work if they are not in full-time study, or are not in a combination of study and part-time work for 25 hours per week

Questions and answers

Who is affected by this measure?

This measure will affect early school leavers who:

  • are in receipt of Youth Allowance (other)
  • are 15 to 21 years of age
  • do not hold a Year 12 or Certificate III level qualification

Job seekers who gain a Certificate II level qualification after 1 January 2016 will remain an early school leaver until they turn 22 or gain a Year 12 or Certificate III qualification.

Who is eligible for this measure?

Early school leavers aged 15 to 21 years of age are subject to this measure.

The date this measure will start and finish

This measure will start on 1 January 2016 and is ongoing.

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Page last updated: 15 March 2016

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