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The National Youth Commission into youth employment and transitions is conducting hearings across the nation. Echuca Moama was the location for their first regional hearing on 13 May. CCLLEN contacted stakeholders and partners to participate, and many responded, either with presentations or focus groups. Presenting to the Commission was relaxed and comfortable, even though the hearings are a formal, structured process. The Commissioners made sure to put people at ease.

The range of presenters were able to illustrate the issues and solutions in our part of rural Australia. Presenters were from Echuca Specialist School, Committee for Echuca Moama, CCLLEN, Careers Teachers Network, CVGT – Transition to Work, Echuca Moama Beacon Foundation, Bendigo TAFE and Campaspe Shire Council. Focus groups were held with TAFE VCAL students, Echuca College FLO students, Koorie Youth Programs providers and the Shire’s Youth Advisory Group. Thank you to all who participated.

The Commissioners commented on the richness of the presentations in Echuca and indicated that the focus groups went very well. The Commission is providing progress reports during the inquiry process and will have a final report in mid 2020. You can find out more on their website www.nycinquiry.org.au

May 2019

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