Promoting social security in Australia for young people

Social security is usually seen as solely important for the elderly, but young people in Australia can benefit from it too. Learn why it’s important to promote social security for the youth.

Social security in Australia is usually viewed as the safety net for the elderly, those with disabilities, and people who are unemployed. On the other hand, social security is also crucial for young people aged 15-24 who make up 12% of the Australian population, making it vital to promote it among the youth.

Despite its importance, a few limitations in the current system prevent more young people from attaining social security. For instance, The rigidity and complexity of the eligibility standards don't capture the diversity and fluidity of the circumstances faced by young people or their goals, such as their living arrangements, responsibilities toward their families, education pathways and career goals.

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare reported that there were 1.4 million young people aged 15-25 who received social security payments, which was only 21.2% of individuals who make up this age group.

Promoting social security for the youth

Here’s why it’s important to promote social security among young people;

education and training

Helps young people to access education and training

Social security for the youth can provide an avenue to pursue higher education. Education and training comprise a critical tool for young people to build up their skills, information, and potential. Additionally, good education and training can also open up employment, career development, and social participation.

transitioning to employment

Assists young people in transitioning to employment

Employment is another key factor for elevating young people’s well-being and prospects. With steady employment, young Australians can receive a stable income, independence, and satisfaction. With the help of social security, young people can transition to secure employment and cope with the changing labour market.

physical and mental health

Supports young people in maintaining their health and well-being

Through social security, the youth can keep enjoying good physical and mental health, and access better services, care and support. For instance, social security offers payments, such as Disability Support Pension, Carer Payment and Carer Allowance, that help young persons with disabilities and caring responsibilities.

society and democracy

Enables young people to participate in society and democracy

With the help of social security, young people can transition to social and political citizenship, giving them the means to access mobility (transport and services) and support. Also offering them the opportunity to engage with policies, programmes and practices that impact their lives and drive change.

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Empower young people to overcome life’s challenges with social security

If we promote social security for young people, this will enable them to overcome their challenges and uncertainties and realise their potential and aspirations. This can also be beneficial to society and the Australian economy by boosting human capital, productivity and social integration of the youth.

At Youth Safe, we aim to help promote social security in Australia for young individuals by offering comprehensive workshops, webinars, guides, and tools. We also cover various topics, such as young driver safety, safe socialising and young worker safety.


What is Youth Allowance, and who is eligible?

Youth Allowance is a financial aid for young people in Australia who are studying, undertaking training, or looking for work. Eligibility depends on age, residency status, financial situation, and whether they are studying, training, or seeking employment.

How can young people ensure they remain eligible for social security benefits?

Staying informed about the criteria for each benefit, regularly updating personal information with Services Australia, and fulfilling any requirements, such as job searching or study commitments, are crucial for maintaining eligibility.

Can young people receive social security in Australia if they are unemployed?

Yes, young people who are unemployed and actively seeking work may be eligible for JobSeeker Payment, which provides financial support while they look for employment.