2016 A Year in Review

Backing Young Australians in 2016

2016 was a year of immense and vivid change across the globe.

Amidst this we worked with some of Australia’s sharpest, brightest and most inspired young people. We backed their ideas, created opportunities for them to upskill and helped them to transform the way institutions think and engage with young people.

And we did it all with the help of our partners. We've gathered some of our favourite moments, achievements and stories from 2016 to share, celebrate and take a moment to say thanks.

Our Goals


We create opportunities for young people to learn the skills needed to succeed in a changing world


We back young people who are making a difference in communities, business and public life


We transform the way the government, business and community sectors engage young people, to rethink the systems that shape the world

Here are some highlights from 2016.

This year our 65 person team worked over 7200000 seconds. We:

Delivered initiatives 7

Released 3 new research reports with a media reach of over 16 million

Launched the FYA Hub.
A coworking space for
young social entrepreneurs

Engaged with 23000 young people face to face

And reached
540000 people online

Our Research

We use research, evidence and evaluation to inform our work

We released 3 new reports in 2016. The New Basics and The New Work Mindset joined FYA's New Work Order report series. These reports continue the national conversation about the changing world of work young people are facing. They talk about the skills and capabilities required for the future of work, the impact this will have on young people and the urgent need to shift the approach to our working lives.

We also released Renewing Australia's Promise Report Card, which asked (and answered) the question - will young Australian's be better off than their parents?

The Reports:

The New Work Order mindset

The 7 new job families to help young people navigate the new work order

See the findings
The new basics report

Big data reveals the skils young people need for the New Work Order

See the findings
Renewing australia's promise report card

Will young Australians face a brighter future than the generation before?

See the findings

Our research achieved:


of our research reports

40000+ visits

to our research pages

16 million +

in media reach

And we:

Delivered 120 presentations

To more than 18000 people

There are 4.3 million young people in Australia today, and by 2053 this is predicted to rise to 6.3 million. FYA is relentlessly optimistic about the creativity and capabilities of our young people.
Jan Owen AM - FYA CEO
Hear more from Jan

Our Digital

Our social media community

632 subscribers
5734 young people


515945 sessions
394400 different people
46 growth in website sessions

Our Initiatives

$20 Boss

A national in-school immersive learning program that teaches young people enterprise skills by providing them with $20 to create their own business


Students participated


Schools delivered the program (38% of these were low SES)


Businesses created

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Worlds of Work

A free, online careers learning platform equipping young people for the transition to work


Students participated


Schools delivered the program (30% of these were low SES)


Teachers delivered the program

Discover More
Thank you for making me realise that no matter who you are or what you are, you can start a business and even be beneficial to the planet and people around you
$20 Boss participant
Safe Schools Coalition Australia

Ensuring safe and inclusive learning environments in school for same-sex attracted, intersex and gender diverse young people


Supporter organisations


Teachers Trained since 2015

Discover More

A 3-4 year Indigenous leadership program to successfully transition young people from school into further learning or work


young people (yrs 9 - 12)


school partners across NT and Northern WA


of alumni transitioned into positive post school pathways

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IMPACT has opened up my mind to many opportunities. I’ve learnt skills to help me be a successful Indigenous leader.​
IMPACT Participant
Innovation Nation

Backing young people across the country to make a difference in their community


Applications received


young changemakers participated


given in microgrants

Discover More
Young Social Pioneers

Incubating Australia’s brightest emerging young social entrepreneurs




Pioneers/Young changemakers participated


Was given in seed funding

Discover More

FYA’s flagship annual event. Australia’s largest social change festival for young people


Day festival


attended the two-day festival


was given in seed funding

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Doing YSP finally upended questions I had been sitting on for 18 months, which led to a major breakthrough
Young Social Pioneers Participant


A new global network of young people and institutions taking on the biggest challenges of our time.

YLab Consulting & Design

YLab Consulting & Design is a youth-led design service that brings fresh ideas to complex public policy, business and social sector challenges


YLab associates


major projects completed


young people engaged in projects

Discover More
YLab Learning

YLab Learning creates immersive, real world, and accredited learning experiences for young people and those working them


people trained


core capabilities learnt


courses in development

Discover More


Our Governance

The Foundation for Young Australians (FYA) is a company limited by guarantee, incorporated under the Corporations Act 2001. Ultimate responsibility for the governance of the company rests with the Board of Directors. This governance statement outlines how the Board meets that responsibility.

chairman's report
The Chair's Report

Read The Report
governance report
The Governance Statement

Read The Report

Our Finances

The Directors present their​ ​2016 financial report for the Foundation for Young Australians.

finance report
The Finance Report

Read The Report

Thank you

We couldn’t have achieved so much without co-investment and support from our remarkable partners


Major Partners

Betty Amsden AO
Dyson Bequest

In Kind Partners

Australian Communities Foundation

Carnegie PFF Foundation

Catriona Wallace

Colin James and Erica Bagshaw, The Colin James Method

Dumbo Feather

Cooper Foundation


Hub Australia


Lululemon Athletica

Malthouse Theatre


Sandy Betts

The School of Life

Small Giants

The University of Melbourne

FYA would like to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land throughout Australia. We pay our respects to their elders past, present and emerging, for they hold the memories, the traditions, the culture and hopes of Indigenous Australia. We acknowledge that Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people continue to live in spiritual and sacred relationships with this country.

Throughout this review the term ‘Indigenous’ is used to refer to both Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples. Unless noted otherwise, the term should be considered inclusive of both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

What's next

We're one year into the 2016-2021 FYA Strategy. We're dedicated to backing the next generation of young people who are going to...

rethink the world
and unleash
the future


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