Australia:national Partnership Agreement On Youth Attainment And Transitions
This is a recently signed agreement between the Australian federal government and the States and Territories of Australia. It is designed to address the objectives of the National Education Agreement and the National Agreement for Skills and Workforce Development already signed by the same parties.
The new agreement covers the engagement of young people aged 15 to 24 with learning, work, employment and the transitions involved, particulary to improve outcomes in educational attainment. There is special reference to social inclusion aims, especially for the indigenuous disadvantaged. Its overall aim is to better align federal, State and Territory programmes and services related to youth, career and transitions. Under the agreement the States and Territories will gradually assume primary responsibility for career guidance activities.
The agreement sets out indicative actions and outcomes for the following reform areas:
- multiple learning paths
- career development
- school, business, community partnerships
- individualised, personalised support for young people at risk.
It also sets out performance indicators and benchmarks for the agreement.
This Agreement is one example of how federal and regional governments can share the responsibility of career guidance provision and of the devolution of power to the regions with performance indicators.
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