Information for young people

The Smart, Skilled and Hired Youth Employment Program will help young people get jobs.

The program will be open to young people (15 to 24 years) in Western Sydney, the Central Coast and Hunter, New England/North West and the North Coast.

How the Youth Employment Program can help you

We know there are lots of reasons why it can be hard for young people to get a job, including not having qualifications or certificates, not having access to transport to get to work, mental health or drug problems, or not having somewhere safe to live.

Check your eligibility

To be eligible for this program you must:

  • be out of work, or working part time, or working casual hours (less than 28 hours a week) and needing to get more hours or more stable work
  • be aged between 15 and 24 at the time you register
  • have either finished Year 10 or have turned 17 years old
  • not be registered with Commonwealth employment programs such as jobactive or PaTH, unless you need support with things like mental health, housing, drug problems or transport to help you get a job
  • not be registered with the Transition to Work Commonwealth employment program
  • be an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident, humanitarian visa holder (including refugee and humanitarian visa categories) or a New Zealand citizen.

If you're a young person eligible for the program, we will work with you to find out:

  • what kind of work you'd like to do
  • the types of work available in your region
  • how we can help you get a job.

How to apply

To register for the program, contact the provider in your region.

Western Sydney

MAX Solutions

  • 1800 289 774
  • Auburn
    Level 4, 39 Queen Street, Auburn NSW 2144
  • Blacktown
    38 Prince Street, Blacktown NSW 2148
  • Mount Druitt
    Level 1, 5 Mount Street, Mount Druitt NSW 2770
  • Parramatta
    Ground floor, 17-21 Macquarie Street, Parramatta NSW 2150
  • Penrith
    Level 1, 606 High Street, Penrith NSW 2750
  • Springwood
    148 Macquarie Road, Springwood NSW 2777
  • St Marys
    Shop 4, 40 Phillip Street, St Marys NSW 2760

MTC Australia


Hunter and Central Coast


Salvation Army Employment Plus

  • 0427 306 328
  • Charlestown
    Shop 7, Hilltop Plaza, Charlestown Road, Charlestown NSW 2290
  • Gosford
    Suite 1, Level 3, 4 Watt Street, Gosford NSW 2250
  • Maitland
    314 High Street, Maitland NSW 2320
  • Newcastle
    Ground floor, Tighes Hill TAFE Campus, 266 Maitland Road, Tighes Hill NSW 2297
  • Raymond Terrace
    Unit 2, 82 Port Stephens Street, Raymond Terrace NSW 2324
  • Wyong
    Oasis Centre,15-23 Hely Street, Wyong NSW 2259

North Coast


  • 1800 078 233
  • Tweed, North Coast & Richmond - Workways, 1800 631 196
  • Clarence Valley & Coffs Harbour - CHESS, 1800 899 017
  • Tuncurry/Forster, Taree & Port Macquarie - Great Lakes Community Resources, 02 6555 8922
  • Tweed, Coffs Harbour & Kempsey/Port Macquarie - Uniting, 1800 864 846


New England and North West

BEST Employment

Joblink Plus