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David Hawker MP Federal Member for Wannon Electorate Office: 190 Gray Street, Hamilton, Vic., 3300 Ph: (03) 5572 1100 or Local Call 1300 131 692 Fax: (03) 55 72 1141 Email: Web:

Media Release The Hon David Hawker MP Speaker of the House of Representatives Federal Member for Wannon

23 November 2005


Member for Wannon, David Hawker, was delighted to announce today that south west Victoria will be part of the Australian Government’s new Youth Pathways programme for young people aged 13-19 who are at most risk of not completing Year 12.

Mr Hawker said that Brophy Family and Youth Services Inc has been identified as the preferred tenderer for the programme.

“The new Youth Pathways service will commence from 1 January 2006 and will address the needs of those young people who are most at risk of not making a smooth transition through school and from school to further education, training and employment,” Mr Hawker said.

“Brophy Family and Youth Services will become members of Local Community Partnerships and have strong partnerships with schools so that those young people who are the most at risk in the community can be identified and referred to them for assistance.

“This new programme will aim to retain these young people in school through to the completion of Year 12. It will also aim to facilitate access to, and successful participation in non-school based education and vocational learning and training, and pre-employment services based on enhancing readiness of young people for work for those who have chosen employment-related pathways.

“Youth Pathways participants will receive assistance specifically directed to their needs. Each young person in Youth Pathways will receive an individual assessment and intensive assistance to help them overcome barriers to effective participation in education, training and employment programmes.

“Assistance may include motivation, problem solving, skills development, counselling, mentoring and advocacy. Also, where appropriate, it may include referral to specialist support services such as youth suicide or drug and alcohol services, and community groups that engage young people at-risk in sporting, cultural, recreational and other community activities.

“Brophy Family and Youth Services Inc will be taking an active approach to managing and empowering young people at risk to achieve their full potential,” Mr Hawker said.

Note: Please find attached a photograph of Member for Wannon, David Hawker, with Brophy Family and Youth Services’ Francis Broekman.

Media contact: Jane Templeton

(03) 5572 1100