MYAN provides information and resources for relevant sectors on working with young people, using the National Youth Settlement Framework (NYSF) as the foundation. We maintain and build the NYSF as a benchmark for the youth, settlement and broader services sector. We also train and support young people to be co-deliverers of professional development.

MYAN facilitates national connections and information-sharing between relevant sectors and young people.

National Youth Settlement Framework


The National Youth Settlement Framework (NYSF) 2020 edition remains Australia’s first and only evidence-based national guide to benchmark good practice with young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds – and is the only one of its kind globally. With practical tools, including Self-Assessment Guides, and a range of supplementary resources the NYSF is designed to equip policymakers and service providers with the skills and knowledge to best support young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds to thrive in Australia.

“We are using the NYSF to inform how we build the capacity of young people.  As a good practice framework, the NYSF provides us with the foundation to look at whether our services are being responsive to the needs and aspirations of young people as they see them.”

– Jeremy Leonard, Australian Red Cross



National Youth Panel on COVID-19: exploring the new normal

MYAN hosted a youth panel led by young people from across Australia from refugee and migrant backgrounds, exploring the new normal during and beyond COVID-19 on 21 July 2020. This was an important opportunity to hear directly from young people themselves about the challenges and solutions to COVID-19 in a discussion focused on Education, Employment and Mental Health.

Panel: Swathi Shanmukhasundaram – VIC, Harpreet Dhillon – NSW, Butrus Haider – QLD, Zahra Al Hilaly – WA, Mehak Sheikh – VIC from MYAN Australia (Moderator)

National Youth Settlement Framework 2020 ed. Launch Event

MYAN launched the National Youth Settlement Framework 2020 ed. on 1 July 2020.

The event was an important opportunity to hear from Alison Larkins, Commonwealth Coordinator-General for Migrant Services about government’s work in strengthening youth settlement, including embedding the NYSF in service delivery, and listening to Zahra Al Hillay and Apajok Biar about what the NYSF means in practice, along with a Q&A panel.

Youth Transition Support Services

MYAN Australia played a national support role with the YTS, including overseeing the independent evaluation and coordinating the YTS Community of Practice (COP). The COP was an important component of the YTS, facilitating provider communication, sharing practice and documentation of YTS models, as well as engagement in the evaluation.

Youth Transition Support (YTS) services have been funded $42.8 million over 4 years to help young humanitarian entrants and vulnerable migrants aged 15 to 25 to participate in work and education. YTS  services improve workplace readiness, provide access to vocational  opportunities, and create strong social connections through education and  sports engagement. Service  providers deliver a range of projects and activities for participants,  including connections with local employment services and jobs, and vocational  or other further education opportunities.


The Youth Transition Support (YTS) Pilot Period (January 2016 to June 2017) Evaluation Report (the Report) has been publicly releasedThe report examines the 18-month YTS pilot period from 1 January 2016 to 30 June 2017.

The Report demonstrates that the pilot is showing some early success and that YTS services are filling an important gap in the range of settlement services required by humanitarian entrants and other young migrants.

It highlights increased client confidence, self-esteem and motivation, increased work readiness and access to work experience opportunities.  The Report found that the YTS pilot is also showing some early success in generating medium-term outcomes, such as increased employability for young people and clients completing vocational qualifications.

Key findings from the Report show that:

  • the pilot assisted 5,492 clients, with a total of 15,496 sessions delivered across all providers;
  • the majority of young people entered the YTS to achieve employment, education and training outcomes and to improve their community participation and networks; and
  • younger clients are more likely to seek assistance in community participation and networks, while older clients are more likely to seek assistance in employment, education and training.

The Australian Government has accepted or accepted-in-principle all the suggested improvements in the Report.

YTS services were recently further extended based on these initial positive findings. The Department of Social Services (DSS) will continue to monitor outcomes during the post-pilot period, from 1 July 2017.


YTS services are delivered by six providers in 16 Local Government Areas in the following select locations:

The areas selected for YTS services have high numbers of humanitarian entrants and vulnerable migrants and each provider is partnering with other settlement services, employers, schools, TAFEs, universities and other community and sporting organisations in their local area.


MYAN’s short film series was launched at the MYAN conference in November 2017. The short films capture young people’s stories and experiences of settling in Australia. Produced in partnership with Dr David Corlett, acclaimed filmmaker and host of SBS’ Go Back To Where You Came From, the  9 films feature young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds talking about leaving their country, arriving in Australia, what helped them settle in Australia, belonging, identity and aspirations for the future. These films are part of MYAN’s resources supporting the National Youth Settlement Framework.