Youth Jobs PaTH


Youth Jobs PaTH is a flexible new approach to youth employment. It is designed to support young people to gain the employability skills and work experience they need to get and keep a job. It also supports employers to host internship placements and provides them with incentives when they take on a young person. Youth Jobs PaTH has three elements: Prepare - Trial - Hire.

To find out more about Youth Jobs PaTH visit the jobactive website or each element’s overview below.


Employability Skills Training (EST) helps young people become job ready by providing intensive pre-employment training.

EST gives young people the opportunity to enhance their work readiness through two different blocks of targeted training. Participating in training will help young people understand the expectations of employers in both the recruitment process and as a new employee in the workplace.

Depending on a young person’s situation there are two types of EST courses available, each designed to build upon differing skill sets, both which will help improve their chances at getting a PaTH internship or job. Young people can do one or both of the courses. Each block is 75 hours of face-to-face training over three weeks.

The first type of course helps young people develop their resumes and improve interview techniques, focusing on job preparation and job hunting skills. This course will also give young people the opportunity to participate in Industry Awareness Experiences. These experiences provide job seekers with an insight into the tasks and duties of different industries.

The second type of course will focus on workplace skills and knowledge, developing IT, problem solving and communication abilities to meet the expectations of employers.

Job seekers interested in undertaking this training should contact their jobactive provider. A panel of Registered Training Organisations have been contracted to deliver EST Courses in 51 Employment Regions across Australia. Several Providers are delivering training to meet the needs of specific industries, for example, hospitality or retail.

Employers interested in working with EST providers to develop specific course content for their industry, or who are interested in participating in Industry Awareness Experiences should contact local jobactive or EST Providers directly.

A full list of EST Providers by Employment Region is available. Our interactive map provides additional information about the location of Employment Regions.


Trial provides young people with voluntary internship opportunities to help them gain real work experience in Australian businesses.

Employers can trial a young person in an internship for between 4 and 12 weeks to see how they fit into the team and if they are suitable for ongoing employment. Interns are unpaid by the business and receive a fortnightly incentive paid by the government.

The business receives an upfront payment of $1000 in recognition of the costs of hosting the internship. Additionally, the intern is covered by insurance paid by the Government through the Department of Jobs and Small Business.

To find out more about hosting an internship visit the jobactive website.


Hire provides a financial incentive of up to $10,000 (GST inclusive) paid over six months to employers who hire eligible young job seekers. As part of Hire, from 1 January 2017 the new Youth Bonus wage subsidy is available for employers who hire eligible job seekers 15 to 24 years of age, and all wage subsidies were made simpler to access and manage. Wage subsidies can be packaged with Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Programme payments, to further encourage employers to create apprenticeship and traineeship opportunities.

Find out more information on existing wage subsidies.

Find out about other Australian Government programs and services to support young people into employment.


The following is a list of all the news items that are associated with Youth Jobs PaTH.

Australian Government response on Youth Jobs PaTH Legislation Amendment Bill 2016

News | 3 March 2017

Response to Employability Skills Training Consultation Paper feedback

News | 10 October 2016

The Department of Employment has published a response to feedback received from stakeholders on the Employability Skills Training Consultation Paper.