As the end of the year approaches it is usually a time to reflect upon recent achievements and challenges, making it the perfect opportunity to release the 2016 SYC Annual Report which you can download here.

The year in review…

In our strategic plan Show Your Colours 2.0 – Towards 2018 we outlined a desire to extend our reach and impact, we are happy to report that SYC is now the biggest it has ever been, supporting more Australians than ever before. Now in its 58th year of operations, SYC’s footprint spreads across four states, supporting vulnerable Australians find a pathway out of need to independence.

The number of Australians we support has grown by 52 per cent to total more than 61,000 in the 2015-16 reporting period, with 29 per cent of these people under the age of 25.


While most of this growth came as a result of the 35 percent growth in SYC’s employment services operations following the jobactive contract win in 2015, we have also had significant growth in other areas of the business.

Earlier this year our youth services division, HYPA, started delivering youth targeted employment services in South Australia and for the first time in Victoria through the Transition to Work contract. One of our very first clients, Cheyanne had been out of work for nearly a year and was experiencing an unstable home life, the HYPA team helped her get back on track and secure a job she really enjoys. Read Cheyanne’s full story here.

We also started delivering the ParentsNext program in Playford, South Australia and Hume, Victoria, helping parents of small children to re-enter the workforce.

Although it has been particularly challenging this past year for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs), our own RTO, Training Prospects, was involved in some innovative projects including a work experience and training initiative with the City of Playford and the South Australian Department of State Development which provided a group of young job seekers with real world work experience and new skills. We also extended our reach in Queensland by opening a new trade school and Training Prospects also became one of the biggest VET in Schools providers in SA servicing 26 schools, with over 450 students enrolled.

And how could we forget that this year we also became world record holders! 312 people helped HYPA break the Guinness World Records™ title for the Largest human image of a foot, in support of the #TwoFeet Campaign and to promote the great work we do in helping young people stand on their own #TwoFeet.

As at the end of the financial year, SYC is the largest provider of employment services in South Australia and metropolitan Melbourne, a substantial provider of homelessness services to young South Australians, one of the largest training organisations based in Adelaide with operations extending to Victoria and Queensland and a major contributor to youth justice, education and case management support for young people.

Looking ahead to 2017…


Tickets are now on sale for the 2017 HYPA Boileau Gala Quiz Night! This year’s event was the best one yet and we have even more planned for 2017. And the only way you will find out what we have in store is by securing your tickets today to join us at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre on Friday, 31 March 2017. Tickets are on sale now at

We hope to extend our reach and impact even further in 2017 and help even more people find a pathway out of need to independence. We have a number of exciting new programs beginning soon, with a particular focus on tackling youth unemployment, so keep an eye out for more details in the new year!

Thank you for supporting SYC and the important work we do, we hope you get a break over the holiday season and wish you a happy and prosperous new year.