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Press Release

Minister for Family & Community Services

Minister Assisting the Prime Minister

for the Status of Women

Senator Jocelyn Newman


4 December 1998




Youth Allowance Evaluation -  

Community Reference Group Announced


Minister for Fam
ily and Community Services, Senator Jocelyn Newman today announced the members of the Youth Allowance Evaluation Community Reference Group. 


The Youth Allowance Evaluation Community Reference Group will provide information and feedback to the Department of Family and Community Services on the Youth Allowance payment. The Department is reviewing the effectiveness of the Youth Allowance, which started on 1 July 1998. 


The Youth Allowance was introduced to help young people make the successful transition from school to employment or to further education or training. The Allowance, which integrated five payments for young people into one single payment, was designed to make income support for young people less confusing. Young people now get paid the same, whether they are studying, in education, in training, unemployed or sick. 


"I am very pleased we have such a wide range of people with expertise and on-the-ground experience serving on the Group. Coming from the community, business and government sectors, they will bring different perspectives and provide valuable input to the Youth Allowance evaluation," Senator Newman said. 


The Reference group members are: 


Ms Rebecca Lounder, Wesley Mission (NSW); 

Ms Grazia Catalano, Queensland Department of Families, Youth and Community Care (QLD); 

Mr Denns Garland, Salvation Army (NSW) 

Ms Karyn Hart, Australian Secondary Principal's Association (QLD) 

Ms Dianne Guise, Australian Council of State School Organisations (ACT) 

Mr John Binks-Williams, South Australian Department of Education, Training and Employment (SA) 

Mr Tim Doe, Tasmanian Department of Education, Community and Cultural Development (TAS) 

Mr Steve Balzary, Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACT) 


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