Engaging with youth

This year we developed a dedicated 'youth' website that covers all things tax and superannuation for young people.

The site helps young people understand their employer's obligations, makes it easier to apply for a tax file number and explains how superannuation can help them later in life.

For the first time, we sponsored National Youth Week 2011 from 1 to 10 April, in partnership with the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations. The national event was officially launched by the Minister for School Education, Early Childhood and Youth, Hon Peter Garrett and was broadcast on Channel Ten's Video Hits.

Lights, camera, action

As part of youth week, we and other supporters challenged young Australians to produce a short film promoting the benefits of the tax and superannuation systems.

The winners were:

  • Braden Trotter from Queensland won the junior category (7 to 12 years) with Come on Australia - a send-up of traditional government advertising.
  • George Makrynakis from Victoria won the senior division (18 to 25 years) with The Secret Piggybank  - a take on superannuation.
  • Emma Elias from New South Wales won the junior people's choice category with a mock movie trailer for the feature film Superannuation.
  • Jeremy Gorniak from Tasmania won the senior people's choice category for his balance of humour and education in the satirical propaganda film for the nation of Notaxistan.

Commissioner Michael D'Ascenzo said the competition delivered a new and fun way for young Australians to connect with the ATO. He commented,

The ATO has started to speak directly with young Australians. We want a lifetime relationship where all people understand tax and superannuation as important community assets.

We continued our Youth to Work program in 2010-11 attracting 150 entrants. The program provides an avenue for disadvantaged young people to join the ATO.

An award winning partnership

To provide employment opportunities for disadvantaged youths we established our pathways program in 2008.

Our program now partners with several non-profit community service providers. One of these, Whitelion, aims to create opportunities for young people at risk of entering into the justice system, or becoming disengaged from the community.

With Whitelion we received a joint Rotary community service award for the most successful and sustainable partnership between a community and a corporate organisation.

Participants in the program are given the chance to work in a stable environment, where they receive mentoring and valuable job skills. They benefit from the confidence of knowing they can achieve in a professional work environment and contribute to the community.

Our Community Programs Manager, Donna Cameron, and Whitelion Employment Program Manager, Jeff Hamilton, with the Rotary award.

Our Community Programs Manager, Donna Cameron, and Whitelion Employment Program Manager, Jeff Hamilton, with the Rotary award.

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