Project Y13

Creating Aspiration, Connection & Pathways

About Project Y13

Project Y13 brings together four universities and two regional universities centres to implement targeted engagement with key stakeholders and community groups to design an unprecedented face to face, locally delivered, customised outreach programme to provide education aspiration, connection and pathways to students based in some of the most remote regions in Western Australia and the Northern Territory.

Who Is Project Y13 For?

Project Y13 is for students who are completing or have completed high school without an ATAR and facing uncertainty on what is next in their adult life. This program will bridge the gap between leaving high school and continuing onto further education or employment.

With no clear source of support post-high school, vulnerable young adults can fall through the cracks in the period after graduating and prior to starting further education or work.

Project Y13 will be designed to target Y13 students before they leave school but will also provide an entry point to enable mature aged students to reconnect with education and undertake the Y13 programme.  This is important as it addresses the workforce needs of the Y13 targeted regions and at the same time, addresses the high rates of unemployment in many regional, remote and very remote communities (including the most vulnerable).

Coming In 2022

The development of Project 13 will commence in Q3 of 2022 with all the partners – Pilbara Universities Centre, Geraldton Universities Centre, Curtin University, CQUniversity, Charles Darwin University and Notre Dame University – coming together to design the research framework and to develop the bespoke content for the regionally delivered courses.

About The Regional Partnerships Project Pool Program

Project Y13 is supported through the Regional Partnerships Project Pool Program (RPPPP), a Federal Government initiative that arose from the findings of the Napthine Review. The Review identified that regional and remote students experience additional challenges that may act as a barrier to aspiration and preparedness for higher education. 
The RPPPP will provide $7.1 million over three years to support several multi-year collaborative outreach projects that enable the higher education aspirations of students in regional and remote Australia.  In mid 2022, the Pilbara Universities Centre was advised that their submission to the RPPPP, Project13 – Creating Aspiration, Connection & Pathways, was successful in its application for funding.