Minister for Youth the Hon Zoe Bettison MP
Chief Executive: Tony Harrison, Department for Communities and Social Inclusion
Executive Director: Sue Wallace, Department for Communities and Social Inclusion
The Office for Youth joined the Department for Communities and Social Inclusion on 1 January 2012.
As at June 2009, there were 306,446 young people aged between 12 and 25 living in South Australia. Young people comprise approximately 18 per cent of the State's total population. The majority of young South Australians are positive about their future and are doing well. However, there is a portion of the population who are more vulnerable and at risk of not realising their potential to achieve positive life outcomes, based on their personal, physical or environmental circumstances.
Our vision is that young people in South Australia have the opportunity to reach their full potential. To achieve this we are focussed on the following core functions:
Respond to community needs
The Office for Youth works with local communities to ensure citizen centred service delivery that builds on strengths of individuals and groups in the community and builds the capacity of the community to respond to local issues.
Deliver programs and grants that support the Minister for Youth's priority areas
The Office for Youth develops and delivers programs and grants for young people, and organisations working with young people, that support the priority areas of the Minister for Youth in:
- health and wellbeing
- education, employment and skill development
- engagement and participation.
Support the youth sector to achieve better outcomes for young people
Through provision of advice and funding, the Office for Youth facilitates and enables the youth sector to increase capability of the youth sector to be proactive and achieve positive outcomes for young people.
Facilitate young people's participation and engagement
Enable young people have a voice about issues of importance that affect them and to be active in their own lives and communities.
Ensure mechanisms are in place to enable vulnerable / marginalised young people to participate in their own lives and communities.
We will work collaboratively across government, in partnership with community and young people, to support vulnerable / marginalised young people to achieve positive life outcomes.