Youth Employment Program

Coronavirus (COVID-19) — Important Youth Employment Program (YEP) update

The Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships (DATSIP) is contributing to the Australian and Queensland Government Coronavirus (COVID-19) response.

Health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders is a priority, especially for Elders and those with existing medical conditions.

Like most workplaces across Australia, DATSIP YEP staff are working from home to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

This means there are some changes to the way DATSIP delivers its Youth Employment Program (YEP), including to provide more ‘virtual’ or ‘online’ assistance.

YEP staff remain committed to providing candidates with every opportunity to secure employment, training or further education. You can still contact YEP officers through phone, email and video calls.

If your job has been affected by COVID-19 or you know someone experiencing work impacts, please visit the COVID-19 jobs hub at the Department of Education, Skills and Employment.

You can learn more about COVID-19 — including accessing health and support information — on the DATSIP coronavirus page.

If you develop symptoms including a fever, a cough, sore throat or shortness of breath contact your local doctor or health service, or call 13HEALTH (13 43 25 84).

What is YEP?

The Youth Employment Program (YEP) is an employment support program for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who are finishing high school and looking for work or considering further education.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with a Certificate III or higher, who are not supported by a job agency, can also be supported through YEP.

How can YEP help you

Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships (DATSIP) staff in your region can help you:

  • with your choice of career
  • link to job vacancies
  • connect you to culturally capable services
  • with pre-employment support such preparing resumes and for job interviews
  • get support for any life challenges that make it difficult to find work
  • access training opportunities.

Benefits of YEP

  • find out about new career opportunities
  • get support to find a job and start a career
  • have a regular DATSIP contact to give you support and advice
  • engage with other candidates through various social media networks to hear their journey into employment and/or further education.

It’s all in the preparation

To help you get started in your future career, or look into options for further education, DATSIP staff will support you with:

  • interview tips and writing a resume
  • resources that will help you discover the career that’s right for you
  • identifying how to use your own networks to find a job
  • taking the next steps in finding all types of careers, including traineeships and apprenticeships.

More information

YEP is delivered by the Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships. DATSIP is committed to increasing the economic and community participation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders.

Contact us

Phone: 13QGOV and ask for your local DATSIP regional office


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