“Despite encouragement from federal, state and territory governments to complete school – and a legal obligation to “learn or earn” – one in five young Australians still leaves school before the end of Year 12.
Evidence about early school leavers in Australia demonstrates they are disproportionately drawn from disadvantaged backgrounds, including low-socioeconomic backgrounds, Indigenous backgrounds and regional and remote areas.
Supporting the learning of these young people is of great benefit, not just to the individuals, but to the rest of society.
A wide variety of alternative educational programs exists both within and outside mainstream schools. These aim to re-engage marginalised young people with education, enabling them to gain secondary school credentials.”