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$32 m to help close the gap in education, training and employment

Date posted: 4 September 2009

The Indigenous youth mobility program (IYMP) has received government funding to enhance its delivery of services that aim to improve access to education and training for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in remote or rural regions.

The Acting Minister for Education, Senator Mark Arbib, announced $32 million in funding for the program over the next three years. IYMP offers participants, aged 16 to 24 years, the opportunity to relocate and undertake post secondary education and training including Australian apprenticeships, TAFE or university courses. By offering these opportunities that can lead to qualifications and sustainable employment, the program contributes to 'closing the gap' between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

The program provides participants with accommodation and other support including career planning, mentoring, monitoring and encouragement to fulfil their potential. Areas of focus include qualifications in nursing, teaching, business administration and accounting.

The program currently operates from 17 host locations across Australia.


Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations National Office
Indigenous Youth Mobility Program
GPO Box 9880
Canberra ACT 2601
Ph: 1300 363 079


Last updated: 20 December 2012
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