Premier's Youth Initiative: Reducing youth homelessness

The Centre for Evidence and Implementation (CEI) is working with the Department of Family and Community Services of the NSW Government to pilot the Premier’s Youth Initiative tackling youth homelessness.

The initiative aims to reduce youth homelessness by reviewing the support services available to vulnerable young people leaving out-of-home care. Currently, up to 43% of Australia’s homeless population is under 25 years old. In 2014-15, more than 4,521 young people aged 15-24 lived in unstable housing and needed specialist homelessness services. With such harrowing statistics, reducing youth homelessness has become a NSW Premier’s Priority.

As part of the initiative, CEI is working with the Behavioural Insights Team and the University of Melbourne to:

  • Refine the service model based on current best evidence and user feedback
  • Determine the initiative’s effect in young people’s lives by undertaking the first randomised control trial of a community-sector program in NSW
  • Assess the initiative’s economic impact using a comprehensive cost-benefit analysis

The Premier’s Youth Initiative will provide support services to young people leaving care. Services include: a personal advisor, education and employment mentoring, and assistance to find long-term accommodation.

For more information about this initiative, visit the NSW Government website.