Youth Transition Support Pilot

Starting a new life in a new country is a challenge. Young refugees and vulnerable migrants often need extra help and support to become and stay connected in their new community.

Youth Transition Support is a $22.1 million pilot that helps young humanitarian entrants and vulnerable migrants under 25 to participate in work and education.

It will improve workplace readiness, provide access to vocational opportunities, and create strong social connections through education and sports engagement.

Service providers are delivering a range of projects and activities for participants, including connections with local employment services and jobs, and vocational or other further education opportunities.

Service locations and providers

The pilot is delivered by six service providers in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria:

  • ACCESS Community Services and MDA are delivering the pilot in select locations in Brisbane and Logan, Queensland.
  • The Community Migrant Resource Centre (Parramatta) and the Lebanese Muslim Association are delivering the pilot in select locations in Sydney, New South Wales.
  • Foundation House and the Brotherhood of St Laurence are delivering the pilot in select locations in Melbourne, Victoria.

The areas selected for the pilot have high numbers of refugees and vulnerable migrants, and each provider is partnering with schools, TAFEs, universities, and other community and sporting organisations in their local area.

The Multicultural Youth Advocacy Network (MYAN) is providing advice and guidance to providers.

Service duration

The pilot was scheduled to run from 1 January 2016 until 30 June 2017.

Additional funding was allocated to six service providers to maintain select services until 30 June 2018. This funding ensures continuity of services for the vulnerable clients receiving YTS services.

For additional information please see: Funding for the Youth Transition Support (YTS) services in 2017-18 Fact Sheet


The pilot is being monitored and evaluated to help inform future service delivery.

Learnings from the pilot will be shared with other settlement services, including DSS’ Settlement Grants program, so that young humanitarian entrants and migrants across the country can be supported in their transition into work and the broader Australian community.

More information

Media release – Support for young refugees

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