Youth Employment Program

Coronavirus (COVID-19) — Important Youth Employment Program (YEP) update

The Department of Seniors, Disability Services and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships is contributing to the Australian and Queensland Government Coronavirus (COVID-19) response.

Health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders is a priority, especially for Elders and those with existing medical conditions.

Like most workplaces across Australia, YEP staff are working from home to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

This means there are some changes to the way we deliver our Youth Employment Program (YEP), including to provide more 'virtual' or 'online' assistance.

YEP staff remain committed to providing candidates with every opportunity to secure employment, training or further education. You can still contact YEP officers through phone, email and video calls.

If your job has been affected by COVID-19 or you know someone experiencing work impacts, please visit the COVID-19 jobs hub at the Department of Education, Skills and Employment.

Learn more about COVID-19, including accessing health and support information.

If you develop symptoms including a fever, a cough, sore throat or shortness of breath contact your local doctor or health service, or call 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84).

What is YEP?

The Youth Employment Program (YEP) is an employment support program for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who are finishing high school and looking for work or considering further education.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with a Certificate III or higher, who are not supported by a job agency, can also be supported through YEP.

How can YEP help you

YEP staff in your region can help you:

  • with your choice of career
  • link to job vacancies
  • connect you to culturally capable services
  • with pre-employment support such preparing resumes and for job interviews
  • get support for any life challenges that make it difficult to find work
  • access training opportunities.

Benefits of YEP

  • find out about new career opportunities
  • get support to find a job and start a career
  • have a regular YEP officer to give you support and advice
  • engage with other candidates through various social media networks to hear their journey into employment and/or further education.

It’s all in the preparation

To help you get started in your future career, or look into options for further education, our YEP staff will support you with:

  • interview tips and writing a resume
  • resources that will help you discover the career that’s right for you
  • identifying how to use your own networks to find a job
  • taking the next steps in finding all types of careers, including traineeships and apprenticeships.

More information

YEP is delivered by the Department of Seniors, Disability Services and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships. We are committed to increasing the economic and community participation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders.

Contact us

Phone: 13QGOV and ask for your nearest regional office


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