Grants Bulletin

Last updated: 9 August 2019



Indigenous Youth Mobility Pathways Project


The Indigenous Youth Mobility Pathways project (IYMP) supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people who choose to move away from home to gain the qualifications they need to have a greater chance of obtaining sustainable employment in their home community or elsewhere.

The project is aimed primarily at young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from remote areas ages 16 – 24 (participants may commence a course at any time before they turn 25 years old and may be supported until the conclusion of that course).


IYMP seeks to redress that ‘opportunity gap’, at least in part by providing access to a full range of post-secondary education and training options that smaller communities may not be able to provide.

IYMP provides accommodation support, mentoring and other practical support to help young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who commence, to complete their qualifications.

IYMP helps build literacy, numeracy, financial literacy, independent living and other life skills of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The project is also helping remote community development by providing opportunities for those communities’ young people to train for and return to jobs (if they so desire) that have often historically been taken up in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities by non-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Career Employment Australia has IYMP Host Locations in Cairns, Townsville, Toowoomba, Adelaide, Perth, Rockhampton, Brisbane and Darwin.

The objectives of IYMP are: 

  • Contribute towards closing the gap for young people, in the attainment of year 12 (via a vocational equivalent) and employment outcomes 
  • Improve and strengthen remote community capacity by supporting Participants to access a broad range of quality post-secondary vocational training, tertiary study and Australian Apprenticeship pathways. 
  • Develop and facilitate pathways to education and training that may lead to sustainable employment options for Participants in remote communities or elsewhere. 
  • Offer safe, supported and culturally appropriate accommodation at the locations at which the project is being delivered. 
  • Engage Participants in Australian Apprenticeships, vocational education and training and university courses. 
  • Engage and support participants to achieve a qualification during their participation in the project.

Career Employment Australia aims to support as many Participants as possible to gain the qualifications and life skills needed for participation in sustainable employment, including supporting participant progression upwards through various levels of training as required (e.g. Certificate II to Certificate III, Vocational Education and Training to university).

There are a number of steps in the application and assessment process – these steps are outlined below:

  1. Read the Participant Application Information Kit carefully (available by clicking the download button underneath 'Apply Today' at
  2. Discuss with family and community leaders, teachers and other responsible advisors about you participating in the IYMP project.
  3. Contact your area IYMP Youth Support Officer at CEA if you would like to discuss the IYMP.
  4. Complete the Application Form included in the ‘Attachments for IYMP Application Kit’ booklet.
  5. Complete the 4 documents included in the ‘Attachments for IYMP Application Kit’ booklet.
  6. If under 18 years of age have the Parent/Guardian consent statement signed giving permission for you to be an IYMP participant.
  7. Prepare a brief statement addressing the Selection Criteria.
  8. Obtain letters of support from local community and referees.
  9. Make copies of your original school reports, certificates, sporting or community awards or achievements to submit with your application.
  10. Submit application and all supporting documentation to CEA.

Eligible applicants will be drawn from those who are: 

  • a member of the Aboriginal race of Australia or a descendent of the Indigenous inhabitants of the Torres Strait Islands; 
  • aged between 16 and 24 years upon commencement of IYMP; 
  • supported by his or her family and community as needing to relocate from a regional or remote community in order to access nationally accredited education and training and a robust labour market; and 
  • willing to relocate to an IYMP Host Location to pursue full-time employment and full-time training opportunities.

Essential criteria:

  • Be an individual young person from a remote community. 
  • Show strong interest and commitment to pursuing a career pathway. 
  • Willing to enrol in an appropriate full-time course of study and/or commence appropriate full-time employment. 
  • Demonstrate a strong commitment to maintaining full-time training course enrolment, achieve a minimum 90% attendance in study, including completing all assessments on time and achieving a qualification. 
  • Must be willing to relocate to a IYMP Host Location for the duration of the training course and employment opportunity. 
  • Must be willing to undertake a training or employment opportunity that is suitable for your numeracy and literacy level.
  • Have strong support from their home community and family to participate in the IYMP. 
  • If under 18 years of age have the Parent/Guardian consent statement signed giving permission for you to be an IYMP participant.

Applications can be made online:


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