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When the news is regularly awash with depressing news, a story on the success of VCE students is always uplifting.
It marks the end of their schooling and the start of new challenges ahead, be it further education, training, work or, for the entrepreneurial, starting a business.
I extend my personal congratulations for the hard work of our students especially those in the regions. Many persisted with their studies despite hardship, such as drought, determined to succeed with their future in mind.
These are the qualities of our future leaders who, as research shows, often return home to the regions and make a valuable contribution.
Exciting opportunities await them as Australia embraces innovation at all levels and across all industries, and their fresh ideas will be welcome.
And we’ve made it easier for regional students to access a higher education through generous changes to youth allowance assistance, effective from January next year.
Those looking to train and enter the workforce are encouraged to take advantage of the government’s jobactive employment service, which will help them develop a resume, apply for jobs, prepare for interviews, access relevant training and funding to help with some work-related costs, and help them to settle into a job. It’s worth reminding regional employers the program also offers wage subsidy programs to employ jobseekers and helps with their recruitment needs. More information is at https://www.employment.gov.au/jobactive.
I wish all of the students the very best of luck with their future and to say how proud we all are of you.
Senator Bridget McKenzie,
Nationals Senator for Victoria
Chair, Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee