Staying in school cuts crime
Research from the Melbourne Institute shows that crime rates fall when young people are legally required to work or study up to the minimum age of 17.
In New South Wales, where the school leaving age was raised from 15 to 17 years, property crime has plunged by 19%.
Author of the report, Nikhil Jha says that teenagers attending school, a training course or working have less opportunity for petty crime.
Read the full article in The Australian, 26 June 2015.