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Wednesday, 18 March 2015
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Youth Connections

(Question No. 682)

Mr Katter asked the Minister for Education and Training, in writing, on 4 December 2014:

Will he reinstate the funding for Youth Connections, which helps young Australians overcome barriers and engage with education, and that has a success rate of over 80 per cent with participants still either employed or in the education system two years after completing the program.

Mr Pyne: The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

The Youth Connections programme finished as planned in December 2014. Keeping young people under the age of 17 engaged in education is a state and territory responsibility and a record amount of schools funding should support their efforts. With 74 per cent of participants in Youth Connections under the age of 17, this programme was duplicating state and territory effort.