English language proficiency

This may affect the young person’s level of participation in education, employment and other social activities.  Newly arrived young people may have experienced poor and/or broken education prior to arriving in Australia and may have challenges with English language literacy and language acquisition.  You also need to keep in mind, that newly arrived young people have a maximum 12 month period at English Language Schools before transitioning to mainstream education and often, this may not be sufficient to equip them with the required English language skills to participate effectively in mainstream schools.