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Activating Youth for the Future of Work

Who we are.

Young Achievement Australia (YAA) began in Australia in 1977 and created a legacy of developing excellent, hands on business skills for students. Between 1977 and 2009, over 190,000 student participants who are now a group of leaders have experienced the “Business Skills Program” (now called the “JA Company Program”) early in their career and have had the benefit of hands-on practical training that proves useful whether going into a corporate career, starting up a business, or pursuing a professional career. In August 2016, the co-founding team for the rebirth of Young Achievement Australia flew to Hong Kong to meet with the JA Asia Pacific headquarters. Discussions were on-going about the return of Australia to the Junior Achievement network and the co-founders were able to meet with key leaders of other JA AP markets and learn about the opportunities available and work required to re-affiliate with JA. In October 2016, the YAA team were privileged to be invited by JA Asia Pacific to sign an affiliation agreement, once again bringing Australia into the global JA network and starting the process of bringing the YAA brand into line as JA Australia.




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Preparing Young People To Succeed In A Global Economy.

JA is the world’s largest organisation educating students about entrepreneurship, work readiness and financial literacy through experiential, hands-on programs.

We Believe In The Boundless Potential Of Young People.

We share their passion for excellence, respect their talents and creativity, celebrate their honesty and integrity, harness their desire or collaboration, and create opportunities for hands-on learning.

Junior Achievement Australia Uses Hands-On Experiences

To help young people understand the business of life in partnership with business and educators. We bring the real world to students, opening their minds to their potential and preparing them for the workplace.

Junior Achievement Australia has a passion for success

We are passionate about empowering young people, motivating and preparing them to be the leaders of the next generation.

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Students put theory to practice by developing their own money-making businesses from concept to business plan, financing, execution, sales and, ultimately, growth or demise. With the help of our mentors, students achieve work readiness through the programs we provide.

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Volunteers provide students with mentorship, supporting them in building ideas, and motivating them to work through the obstacles that they encounter. Volunteers provide a motivational impact of relevant hands on leaning for students from high school and university.

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Sponsors invest in the life of a child and inspire them to succeed in a global economy. Sponsoring Junior Achievement Australia maximises your charitible givings and changes the lives of future students, ultimately making an impact to the future global economy.

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