Federal Youth Minister Kate Ellis has launched a blueprint to help young people get the most out of their lives.
The National Strategy for Young Australians outlines eight priority areas for future government action, including health and wellbeing, education, safety, work and early intervention.
The report identifies several areas for improvement such as the fact that one in four people aged between 16 and 24 have a mental disorder, while 1 in 100 say they are homeless.
Ms Ellis says the Government is also providing a $700,000 boost to fund 27 youth initiatives to back up the strategy.
“This is the first time as a Federal Government we’ve devised a national youth strategy to make sure we take a whole-of-government approach to young people,” she said.
“To make sure their perspectives are included in policy making, but also there’s an announcement of a whole new range of programs to give young people skills, opportunities and support.
“This is important in that it’s a document to show people where Government intends to act and what our priorities are, so that we can work in a coordinated fashion with other levels of government and also the community sector.”