There are fears the economic conditions created by the COVID-19 pandemic could push young people into chronic unemployment - meaning living on welfare for their entire lives.
University of Tasmania economist Joaquin Vespignani is the program director of COVID-19 and the Macroeconomy at ANU, researching how the pandemic will affect the national and global economic picture.
He said his biggest concern is that the pandemic is creating conditions that destroy young people's chances of getting a job at the time in their lives when they need it most.
"If you finish high school and you are out of the labour force for two or three years, it's more likely that you will never enter the labour force," he said.
"Because it's very hard to get a job when you don't have many skills, and you haven't done anything in the last few years.
"It's quite important to understand that this is going to be a particular bad time for year twelve graduates, because they aren't going to find a job as easily as they could before.
"We also know that the industries that are more affected by this crisis are the ones that employ young people, like hospitality.
"This is a concern, because the literature is very clear that if you don't get a job, or find an opportunity to study somewhere [when you are aged 18 - 24], then the outcome is bad. That's when you get in trouble with drugs, crime, all of these things, because you just don't have much purpose in life.
"The research is extensive on this."
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Mr Vespignani is lobbying the Tasmanian government, as well as the University of Tasmania and TasTAFE, to put measures in place to make sure young people are studying and building up their skills during the period of economic recovery when it will be difficult for them to find a job, rather than doing nothing or beginning to feel a sense of hopelessness.
This could include the government paying young people to study and pursue certificates and qualifications, and lowering the bar that education institutions put in place to limit people being able to study, such as ENTER scores.
Minister for Skills and Training Jeremy Rockliff said the government was proud of the work it had done to increase year twelve graduation in Tasmania, with 88 per cent staying beyond year 10 - the highest number since 2013.
"No matter what happens, students can get a place at the University of Tasmania," he said.
"If students don't receive a recommendation for their preferred bachelor course, UTAS will work with them to offer an alternative pathway.
"These pathways include the Diploma of University Studies, which will ensure you are well supported to complete your chosen degree in the same timeframe."
He said more than 330 Tasmanians had sought help through the Tasmanian Government's $6.3 million Rapid Response Skills Initiative, and a further 130 have been referred to the Skills Matching Service, since March.
The Rapid Response Skills Initiative provides $3,000 for training, career advice and assistance for purchasing work health and safety gear for Tasmanians who need new, work-ready employees.
"Importantly, more than just training people it offers a holistic approach to finding a job by supporting and encouraging job seekers to open up to a range of new possibilities," Mr Rockliff said.
"The government is working to find new roles for those made redundant in current high-demand sectors including in the utilities, not for profit and healthcare/medical sectors."