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Reforms helping students reach their potential

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Minister for School Education

Peter Garrett

Reforms helping students reach their potential

Friday 25 January 2013

Australian students are staying in school longer and getting better higher level qualifications under the National Partnership on Youth Attainment and Transitions (YAT).

School Education Minister Peter Garrett said the second Evaluation Report into the YAT program found progress had been made across Australia following the $706 million commitment made by the Gillard Government.

The report - the second of three commissioned under the program - showed the program was on track to reach the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) target of 90 per cent Year 12 or equivalent qualifications by 2015, and halving the gap in Indigenous Year 12 or equivalent by 2020.

“The findings of this report show we are clearly helping young people overcome the barriers they face to completing high school or gaining an equivalent qualification,” Mr Garrett said.

“All young Australians deserve a first class education to give them the best opportunities in life. Some of our young people need extra assistance to stop them dropping out and remain engaged in education - that’s why programs like this are essential to helping them realise their full potential.

The report shows:

• an increase in the proportion of 15-19 year olds participating in full-time education and training from 69.5% in 2009 to 73.4% in 2012 which is expected to result in increased rates of Year 12 or equivalent attainment in the years to come

• Participation rates for Indigenous 15-19 year olds increasing at twice the rate of the non-Indigenous population • Participation in Certificate II and III courses has risen between 2008 and 2010 - highlighting a move toward higher level qualifications.

“The National Partnership is playing a significant role in helping young people finish school with the standard of education and qualifications required to move into a successful career,” Mr Garrett said.

The Gillard Government has invested $706 million over four years in the National Partnership to help more young people successfully stay in school and transition to work or further education. Major elements of the program include funding for connections between youth providers including:

• Youth Connections program • School Business Community Partnership Brokers program • Maximise engagement, attainment and successful transitions through career development, multiple learning pathways, and mentoring

• National career development initiatives • The Compact with Young Australians • Reward funding to states and territories for meeting participation and attainment targets

The final evaluation report on the National Partnership on Youth Attainment and Transitions is scheduled for September 2013.

The Interim Evaluation of the National Partnership on Youth Attainment and Transitions report, as well as further information on the National Partnership, is available at:

For more information on youth attainment and transitions visit: