We’re working to transform the systems that impact young people so they can pursue lives they value.
Over recent decades, education has been seen as the main path to a sustainable livelihood.
However, shifts in the labour market threaten to leave young people behind. There is no longer such a direct link between education and satisfying, decent work.
Ensuring all young people have a future to aspire to is a responsibility shared among policymakers, employers, educators and the community. We need collaboration based on the best evidence and ideas.
The Youth Opportunity team makes the most of its position at the nexus of research, policy and practice. We work hand-in-glove with BSL’s youth transition team to pursue systemic change for young people experiencing disadvantage.
Our work spans the areas of education, employment, leaving care and custody, and homelessness and housing.
Current major initiatives relate to the National Youth Employment Body (NYEB) and the National Skills Trial .
Find all recent publications on Youth (2000-present)
Visit the BSL library for our prior research on Youth (pre 2000)
• Expand the availability of specialist employment assistance for young people.
Research report Applied systemic change: an implementation guide for building capability in human service systems
The BSL's applied systemic change guide draws on extensive experience from research, policy and practice to provide the essential ideas, practices and tools to create deep and lasting change in human services.Read report
Despite being the most common form of employment-based training, Australian apprenticeships are not living up to their promise.Read paper
In Australia the COVID recession has compounded a decade of high youth unemployment that followed the global financial crisis, according to research for the Youth Unemployment Monitor December 2020.Read report
Research report Who gets what where: review of government-funded youth employment programs across Australia
This paper identifies the range of current government-funded employment programs for which young people may be eligible.Read report
Research report Finding that spark: what works to achieve effective employment services for young people?
What works to achieve effective employment services for young people? This report presents lessons from the evaluation of the Transition to Work Community of PracticeRead report
Research report Getting to work: insights about the transition from education to employment from the Life Chances Study, Stage 11
This Stage 11 report of the Life Chances Study examines post-compulsory education and work experiences for young people in their mid-20s.Read report
Research report Starting a future that means something to you: outcomes from a longitudinal study of Education First Youth Foyers
The most comprehensive study of foyers shows that prioritising education for young people experiencing homelessness pays off.Read report
How can we support young people who have experienced a child protection or youth justice order to make a successful transition to adulthood?Read report
How valuable are small community service organisations to those who use them and those who work within them?Read report
How can Australia’s vocational education and training (VET) sector meet the needs of disadvantaged young students?Read report
This applied research initiative will test a place-based approach to the interconnected challenges of rural workforce shortages, sustained youth unemployment and declining efficacy of existing agricultural training programs.Learn more
This study focuses on a BSL initiative to increase participation in mainstream employment for people with disability.Learn more
This research is part of a coherent, multi-sectoral response to youth unemployment.Learn more
Developing a pathway for young people into aged care and disability supportLearn more
A research project evaluating three new Education First Youth Foyers in VictoriaLearn more
A research project providing new insights into enabling young people to pursue their employment goals, place based responses to youth unemployment, and collaborative ways of workingLearn more
A project giving young people the freedom to take photographs that represent their experiences of education or employmentLearn more
What are some keys to helping young people to gain planning and independent living skills?Learn more
Looking for services related to youth?
Education First Youth Foyers are integrated learning and accommodation centres that develop the skills of young people at risk of homelessness.Learn more
The Better Futures service is a new way of supporting young people who are making the transition from out-of-home care to independence.Learn more
Our approach to working with people with disability focuses on building a sense of wellbeing and autonomy. We recognise the importance of family, friends, carers and community.Learn more
Our David Scott School is a registered, independent school for disadvantaged young people. It opened its doors in early 2017 to Year 10, 11 and 12 students.Learn more
Our Youth Transitions Support Pilot Program helps young refugees participate in the community through work, education and sport.Learn more
Creating Futures for Youth empowers young people to pursue their career goals and build their capacity to work or undertake further learning.Learn more
Are you looking for work or wanting to broaden your work experience? BSL can help place you in a traineeship.Learn more
Looking for work but not sure where to start? Get in touch with our Jobs Victoria Advocates today.Learn more