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Youth programs: Recent relocations within government departments

In 1996, the Youth Bureau was moved by the Howard Government from the education portfolio to the families portfolio (Department of Housing, Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FAHCSIA)

Following the 2007 federal election, the Youth Bureau was re-located to the education portfolio by the incoming Rudd Government to the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR).

The Youth Bureau then became part of the Office for Youth, a federal government inter-departmental office for youth affairs managed by DEEWR. Functions and programs relevant to youth affairs were moved in 2008 to DEEWR, but some stayed within FaHCSIA:

DEEWR manages the following youth programs and initiatives:

  • Mentor Marketplace
  • YouthLinx
  • Transition to Independent Living Allowance (TILA)
  • National Youth Week (NYW)
  • National Youth Affairs Research Scheme (NYARS)
  • Youth consultation
  • Research and analysis
FaHCSIA manages these:
  • Reconnect and Newly Arrived Youth Support Service (NAYSS)
  • National Illicit Drugs Strategy (NIDS)
  • Strengthening Families program
(Source: "The source", thesource[AT], 20 February 2008; 'Youth Bulletin' February 2008, and the AYIN email discussion list, 22 February 2008.)

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