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Tuesday, 19 March 1985
Page: 377


Senator ELSTOB —Is the Minister representing the Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations able to say whether the current administration of the national community youth support scheme is geared specifically to pinpoint CYSS projects which concentrate their assistance on severely disadvantaged unemployment groups? Are these CYSS projects currently given any special consideration when funding levels are considered?


Senator WALSH —I am advised that the CYSS program as a whole is directed at providing employment-related assistance to disadvantaged unemployed people under 25. In the present financial year some $26.3m has been appropriated for CYSS, which is an increase of 23 per cent over the previous year, for some 300-odd projects around Australia in which an estimated 75,000 young people participate each year. The State allocation of CYSS funds is based as closely as possible on the distribution of youth unemployment between States. However, because of the evolution of CYSS funding under the previous Government, there is still some bias in favour of Victoria at the expense of New South Wales and Queensland, and this Government has been moving to rectify that bias and anomaly which prevailed in previous years. The allocation of funds to States is based on recommendations of State advisory committees which do take into account the severity of local youth unemployment when making recommendations concerning funding levels. The Government has also been concerned to ensure that particularly disadvantaged groups of young people are adequately serviced by CYSS and for that reason it has looked at the special needs of young women, migrants and Aborigines. Half a million dollars has been set aside this financial year to fund initiatives in this area. Finally, the Government is currently issuing guidelines for the development and submission of applications for the funding of special CYSS initiatives directed at those groups.