Dis/Advantage: Young people in Australia’s outer suburbs after Covid-19

More than 1.7 million people under the age of 25 live in Australia’s outer urban growth areas. Covid-19 is compounding the significant risks our young and growing population already faces – unemployment, lack of local jobs and career paths, disengagement, lack of access to public transport, further study, cultural and recreational facilities – to name a few.

Can the risks to young people in growth areas be turned around, and their geographic location in the outer suburbs become an advantage?

This webinar will focus on the potential for education, training and local jobs to ease the existing challenges and reduce the compounding effect of COVID-19 for young people in the outer suburbs.

We will take a deep dive into the City of Armadale with Luis Puig and Rebekah Milnes. Armadale is the fourth fastest growing local government in WA and the fifteenth in Australia. The City has a particularly young population, with a high proportion of children under nine years of age compared to the rest of Perth.

Dr Lizzie Knight will discuss barriers to equitable access to education. Dr Knight's research areas include provision of career information, higher vocational education and transitions to tertiary education.A key area of interest is equity of access to and in tertiary education, the provision of institutional information and support for transition into post-school education. 


Moderator: Bronwen Clark, Executive Officer, NGAA

Summary report PDF HERE

Dr Knight's presentation HERE