Kate is passionate about contributing to public debate on a wide range of important issues. Here are some of the issues she has touched on in the past.
- Should successful athletes have to pay back the AIS 10 Jun 2009
- Let's give youth voice now for a better future 12 Oct 2008
- Organ donation it's the greatest gift of all 21 Sep 2008
- Is safe sex message falling on deaf ears 31 Aug 2008
- Grassroots funding is key to Olympic glorys 10 Aug 2008
- Easy to overlook big issue of homelessness 20 Jul 2008
- Trailblazer Natasha leaves lasting legacy 29 Jun 2008
- Heavy hitters boost our World Cup hopes 01 Jun 2008
- Youth Forum Discussion Paper 17 May 2008
- We can't take sport for granted 11 May 2008
- Women truly can do anything be anything 20 Apr 2008
- Let the Games begin with all our athletes 30 Mar 2008
- Proud past but future a challenge for women 09 Mar 2008
- Young people will be heard at highest level 17 Feb 2008
- Our nation has changed dramatically in three weeks 16 Dec 2007
- Mobile Phone Towers 23 Sep 2007
- Bradken Foundry 01 Jul 2007
- Full Fees 03 Jun 2007
- Eating Disorders 17 Dec 2006
- Iraq 27 Jul 2006
- Electoral Laws 26 Jun 2006
- Dental 08 Jan 2006
- Make Poverty History 18 Sep 2005
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The Minister for Youth, Kate Ellis, today announced that the Australian Government will reform its $618 million investment in transition programs to ensure that young Australians at risk of falling through the cracks get the support they need to get into training and work.
From 1 January 2010 existing Australian Government youth, transitions and career programs will be restructured into two new initiatives targeted at supporting young people who need the most help to get a job.
These important reforms complement the Compact with Young Australians that was announced by the Prime Minister at the Council of Australian Governments meeting last week.
"At a time of global recession, it is critical that we support young Australians to acquire the skills they need to secure their future," said Ms Ellis.
"We know that young people who are disconnected from education and their community face the greatest risk of being hit the hardest during the economic down turn and recovery.
"These new arrangements will provide an improved safety net for youth at risk, helping them to re-connect with education or training and build the skills and confidence they need to move into the workforce and to contribute to our economic future."
Under the reforms the new Youth Connections initiative will focus on life skills to help youth at risk to re-engage with their community, training and the workforce.
The new Community and Education Engagement Partnerships initiative will broker partnerships between schools, business and the community to assist schools to extend learning beyond the classroom and improve educational outcomes.
The Australian Government will work closely with the States and Territories to put these new programs in place to establish clearer and more accessible pathways for young people when they need assistance.
The new arrangements will be implemented under a National Partnership on Youth Attainment and Transitions which is expected to be finalised with the States and Territories by July 2009.
The Australian Government will make available an extra $100 million in total to support those States and Territories achieving outcomes under the National Partnership.
"This new co-operative approach between governments will simplify support for young people and make it easier for young Australians to get the skills and confidence they need to participate in the workforce," said Ms Ellis.
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