Young Queenslanders have been among the worst affected by the global financial crisis and will remain among the most vulnerable well after the economy begins to recover. Currently, 30 600 young Queenslanders are unemployed which is 3.2 per cent higher than before the downturn.
The situation is most bleak for young people who were already disadvantaged before the crisis hit. Young people in Queensland continue to face unique challenges in completing their education, accessing health services and negotiating the legal system. They are more likely to experience multiple forms of deprivation which makes them vulnerable to disengagement and other forms of social exclusion. This has long-term cost implications for the life outcomes and productivity of the individual and for society.
Queensland’s young people continue to be over-represented in several indicators of disadvantage including homelessness, contact with the justice system and mental health services. Across all of these indicators the outcomes for Queensland’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people are considerably worse.
ABS. 2008 and 2010. Labour Force. September 2008 and January 2010.