The John Henry Institute has been working with the Australian Government Department of Social Services to look at innovative ways to assist young Australians escape long term welfare dependence. JHI has contributed ideas and expertise to the Try, Test and Learn Fund which is looking to target support to meet the needs of young carers, young parents and young students.
The Hon Christian Porter MP, Minister for Social Services, said that “The quantity and quality of ideas really shows that the non-government and government sectors, individuals, academics and businesses are deeply committed to working with the Turnbull Government to improve the lives of young Australians trapped in the welfare system.
“The hundreds of individuals and organisations from all corners of Australia that submitted an idea should be congratulated.
Whilst a great deal of consultation was undertaken online, JHI was part of a select group of less than 100 people that was invited to Melbourne to a facilitated workshop to look at the problems further.
In a more personal note, the Minister said “Thank you for coming to the table, having an honest discussion, and submitting an innovative idea that can help young Australians have a better chance of independence.”
JHI submitted two ideas which have both successfully made it through the first round of funding assessment. There were a total of 389 ideas from all around Australia, with the second round assessment currently underway.
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