One in four children are exposed to domestic violence, 44,000 young people are homeless, 30% of our children are sexually abused, 13% of our youth are unemployed, and youth suicide is the highest it’s been in 10 years.
The Australian education system is struggling to engage young people. The United Nations ranks the Australian education system 39 out of 41 countries in delivering basic measures of teaching and learning. The Australian Journal of Teaching Education showed that only 55% of year 9 students found school engaging.
Research from the Mitchell Institute shows 1 in 8 Australians will never complete grade 12 and sadly many go on to remain disengaged from society and full-time work. The cost to the individual, their families, the economy and country are huge as taxpayers bear the social and fiscal brunt. It costs society almost $1 million per disengaged individual over their lifetime to pay for welfare benefits, medical bills and judicial system.