Youth Transition Support pilot program

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

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

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

Service providers will deliver a range of projects and activities for participants such as after-school homework clubs, connecting 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 will deliver the program in select locations in Brisbane and Logan, Queensland.
  • The Community Migrant Resource Centre (Parramatta) and the Lebanese Muslim Association will deliver the program in select locations in Sydney, New South Wales.
  • Foundation House and the Brotherhood of St Laurence will deliver the program in select locations in Melbourne, Victoria.

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

The Multicultural Youth Advocacy Network (MYAN) will provide advice and guidance to providers to develop their delivery models.

Service Duration

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

Additional funding was allocated to the six service providers to maintain select services until 30 June 2018. This funding will ensure 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 will be monitored and evaluated to help inform the future of the program.

Learnings from the pilot will be shared with other settlement services so that young humanitarian entrants and migrants across the country will be supported in their transition into work and the broader Australian community.

More information

Media release – Support for young refugees

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