A Shorten Labor Government will build an innovative $10 million Indigenous Education First Youth Foyer student accommodation complex in Alice Springs for young people aged 16 to 24 at risk of or experiencing homelessness.
This election is a choice between Labor’s plan for better support for Indigenous young people, or bigger tax loopholes for the top end of town under the LNP.
The Foyer will provide up to two years’ accommodation and support for at risk young people so they have the support they need to properly engage in housing, education and employment.
Up to 40 students will have their own apartment with easy access to public transport, shops, employment and community services.
The Foyer will be staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week and will include post-placement support for students for six months after students leave the Foyer.
The wrap-around services will be funded by the Northern Territory Government and delivered by a local community service provider.
The Foyer will be located on a public vocational education campus. The site will be determined by the Northern Territory Government in consultation with the education and community providers.
Students must participate and attain accreditation in six key areas – education, employment, social connections, health and wellbeing, civic participation and housing and living skills.
Students will be supported by Foyer staff, volunteer mentors, local employers and other community sector agencies.
The Foyer aims to avoid long term reliance on income support, social housing, support services, or involvement with the justice system.
There are about 15 Foyers across Australia, supporting between 10 to 98 young people using various accommodation models including congregate facilities, dispersed housing, and networked or mixed accommodation options.
Research demonstrates that the Foyers have resulted in significant improvements in education, employment and housing outcomes for students that are sustained 12 months after leaving. Findings include:
- 72 per cent completed Year 12, a Certificate III or higher.
- 39 per cent were employed a year after.
- 49 per cent were renting or owned their own home.
- 32 per cent were living with friends, family and relatives.
- Improved mental and physical health being reported by students.
After six years of LNP cuts and chaos, our united Labor team is ready.