Current government policy strongly advocates that young people finish Year 12, then move from school to further training and/or to paid employment. To combat high youth unemployment and poor outcomes for those with lower levels of education, the Australian government introduced the Learn or Earn program.

Under Learn or Earn, young people who have not finished Year 12 must be in education or training to receive income support payments. This study highlights the human impact and common experience of the Learn or Earn initiative and lets young people themselves tell their own experience of Learn or Earn.

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