Department program

Skills First Youth Access Initiative

This initiative helps young people impacted by child protection and youth justice orders by providing them with tuition fee waiver and a pathway to employment.


Check the guide book for eligibility first, then apply with the referral form.

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You can also check if you qualify for other types of financial help for your training.


Central to breaking the link between disadvantage and poor educational outcomes is ensuring that learners at risk of poor learning outcomes are supported to stay in education and reach their potential for better life opportunities. 

Young people on child protection orders and youth justice orders represent some of the most marginalised young people in our community, often presenting with a history of abuse, mental health problems, drug and alcohol abuse and many other.

The Skills First Youth Access Initiative addresses the key aspects of improving awareness of, access to and engagement with vocational education and training opportunities for a high-risk group of young people. 

The Skills First Youth Access Initiative and Marrung: Aboriginal Education Plan 2016-2026

There is also an over-representation of Koorie young people within the youth justice system.

The Department has made a commitment to creating a better future for Koorie people through Marrung: Aboriginal Education Plan 2016 - 2026. For more information, see: Marrung