National Youth Employment Body

The role of the NYEB, enabled by the Brotherhood of St Laurence, is to facilitate and coordinate the NYEB model, bring diverse stakeholders together to harness community investment at a local and national level to develop solutions, and collate evidence of the key elements required for a coordinated national approach to youth employment.

Collaborative governance mechanisms at multiple levels through the NYEB National Governance Groups is building local capacity to implement a place-based approach and ensuring learnings have national reach.

NYEB Advisory Group

The Advisory Group provides high level strategic guidance and expertise to the NYEB from multi-sector representatives across industry, research, employment, education and training, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander partnerships, unions and government.

Advisory group members are committed to sharing their knowledge of youth employment pathways and leveraging their networks to advocate for and support the work of the NYEB, including to:

  • Support and advise on the work happening in demonstration sites.
  • Align multiple sectors to influence and co-develop a more coherent and coordinated youth employment approach.
  • Inform a national model that will enable flexible pathways to youth employment in place.

The Advisory Group’s oversight of the strategic direction of the NYEB is also assisted by a series of four expert Working Groups.

National Advisory Group members

Samantha Mostyn (Chair)

Independent Non-executive Director

Sara Caplan (Deputy Chair)

CEO, PWC’s Skills Australia

Quin Scalzo

Founder, Scalzo Food Industries

Conny Lenneberg

Executive Director, Brotherhood of St Laurence

Prof. Shelley Mallett

Prof. Fellow, University of Melbourne

Scott McCartney

CEO, Kinaway Chamber of Commerce

Craig Robertson

CEO, TAFE Directors Australia

Nathan Smyth

Deputy Secretary, Department of Education, Skills and Employment

Jeannie Rae

Lecturer, Victoria University

Expert Working Groups

The Expert Working Groups are made up of:

These groups mobilise cross-organisational expertise to advise on the work of the demonstration sites and respond to regional themes and issues identified through local collaboration.

Skills and Training Working group

The Skills and Training Working Group (currently the National Skills Trial Steering Committee) provides expertise and advice on the design and implementation of good practice in education and training that builds the skills and capabilities of young people, and mutually benefits local industry and economic development by its relevance to current and future job opportunities.

National Employer Reference Group

Established in 2018 by the Transition to Work National Community of Practice, the National Employers Reference Group acts as an employer’s working group for the NYEB to support the development of local employer-orientated youth training and employment strategies, and connect industry to the wider employment system, such as with education, training and policy.

Research, Evaluation Design Working Group

The Research, Evaluation Design Working Group provides expert input into the design, implementation and refinement of evaluative efforts that inform service models for moving young people into sustainable work, both locally for each NYEB demonstration site and for national scale.

Youth Alliance Working Group

The NYEB leverages the Transition to Work Community of Practice Youth Alliance Working Group, convened by the Brotherhood, to provide a platform for the voices of young people impacted by unemployment. The Youth Alliance Group enables young people at a local organisation level to advise on the development of resources, how to share learnings, and how to connect with young people in meaningful ways.

Cross-Department Community of Interest Group

The Cross-Government Community of Interest Group brings together representatives from across government departments, to more closely align opportunities and investments within existing programs in youth employment, and to integrate efforts towards a more coordinated policy approach.

The Community of Interest Group is facilitated by the NYEB and supported by several Australian Government Departments, including:

  • Department of Education, Skills and Employment
  • Department of Social Services
  • Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet
  • Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development
  • Department of Education and Training