The ‘Beyond 2020 – WA Youth Action Plan’ pulls together actions across government that are aimed at assisting young people aged 10-25 years.
Many of the actions are intended to assist young people in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Plan draws on years of consultation and the work that was done during the emergency response phase of COVID-19. It outlines how the State Government is supporting young Western Australians and the communities they live in, as the State begins to recover from the pandemic and its consequences.
Young people have been affected by compounding issues such as job losses, insecure employment, social isolation, and limited access to digital technology.
During the state of emergency, the State Government worked with the youth services sector through the COVID-19 Youth Taskforce and listened to the Ministerial Youth Roundtable to understand how the pandemic was affecting young people’s lives.
Young people account for almost 20 per cent of WA’s population, with 21 per cent living in regional WA. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people account for 6 per cent of the population, while an estimated 11 per cent identify as LGBTIQA+ and 2 per cent of WA young people have a disability.
To complement the launch of the Plan, COVID-19 Youth Recovery Grants of up to $10,000 are available for local governments and community organisations to implement projects that engage young people (10–25 years) in creative ways and help achieve positive outcomes.