CHRIS STEEL MLA
ACT MINISTER FOR SKILLS
CATHERINE KING MP
SHADOW MINISTER FOR INFRASTRUCTURE, TRANSPORT AND REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT
ACT FEDERAL LABOR TEAM
DELIVERING A BETTER FUTURE FOR CANBERRA’S VULNERABLE STUDENTS
An Albanese Labor Government will invest in a Youth Foyer at the Woden CIT campus to deliver student accommodation for young people at risk of, or experiencing, homelessness.
Delivered in partnership with the ACT Government as part of the revitalisation of Woden Town Centre, this $10 million commitment by Federal Labor would provide accommodation for up to 20 young people at a time, aged between 16 and 24.
The Youth Foyer will ensure that vulnerable young people have secure housing and access to key community support services while they pursue vocational education and training.
This combination of housing support, social support and training will help residents to thrive and achieve their potential by:
- Increasing the number of young people completing education qualifications.
- Increasing the number of young people productively employed.
- Reducing homelessness and the number of young people reliant on welfare and support service dependence.
- Supporting our at-risk youth to become the best young adults they can be.
This Youth Foyer at CIT Woden will go hand-in-hand with Labor’s commitment to make 465,000 fee-free TAFE places available across the country to address critical skills shortages and help upskill Australian workers for the jobs of the future.
For almost a decade now, Canberrans have been ignored by the Morrison-Joyce Government that has failed to invest in important projects, like this one, across our region.
Attributable to Shadow Minister for Infrastructure, Catherine King MP:
“The Morrison-Joyce Government has consistently ignored the infrastructure needs of the ACT, preferring to invest in imaginary car parks in marginal Melbourne electorates.
“Only an Albanese Labor Government can be trusted to work closely with the ACT Government to deliver the investments the community needs.”
Attributable to Senator Katy Gallagher:
“Youth Foyers are proven to have significant improvements in the education, employment and housing outcomes of vulnerable young people and they also help to stop long-term reliance on income support, social housing, support services and interactions with the corrections system.”
“Labor has a plan to create a better future for young people who need a helping hand to get the training they need for a better future.
“This is what good, progressive governments do – they make investments that change lives for the better.”
Attributable to Dave Smith MP, Member for Bean:
“This is another example of how both levels of government can work together for the benefit of our community.
“A project that addresses youth at risk of homelessness and skills development is a very welcome addition to Bean and our whole Canberra community.”
Attributable to ACT Minister for Skills Chris Steel
“We are really excited to partner with a future Albanese Labor Government to deliver a better deal for Canberra.”
“The new CIT Woden precinct will create around 520 local jobs and the Youth Foyer will support vulnerable young Canberrans with a place to live and a pathway to a high-quality job.”
WEDNESDAY 11 MAY 2022