31 Aug-30 Sep 2018

Applications are now open for the 2019 NSW Youth Advisory Council. If you are between the age of 12-24, apply to have your say on the issues that matter to children and young people in NSW.

Applications close 30 September 2018.


What is the NSW Youth Advisory Council?

The NSW Youth Advisory Council (YAC) plays an important role in advising the NSW Government on issues that are relevant to young people across the state.

Membership of the YAC is open to all children and young people between 12 and 24 years of age residing in NSW. Applications are sought from diverse locations, backgrounds and life experiences.

The 12 member YAC provides a direct avenue of communication between young people and the NSW Government. 

The YAC meets regularly throughout the year to provide advice to the Minister responsible for Youth, the Hon. Ray Williams MP and the NSW Advocate for Children and Young People, Mr. Andrew Johnson on issues, policies and laws that affect children and young people in NSW.

Who is eligible to apply for the Youth Advisory Council?

All young people living in NSW from 12 to 24 years of age may apply. Applications are sought from diverse locations, backgrounds and life experiences.

What is required of me?

Council members meet once every 4-6 weeks throughout the year to discuss a range of topics and monitor and evaluate polices and legislation affecting children and young people.

Members also consult with children and young people, community groups and government agencies on issues concerning children and young people; and conduct forums, approved by the Minister on issues relevant to children and young people.

What are some things the YAC has done so far in 2018?

  • Provided advice to Government and other agencies, including SafeWork, the NSW Mental Health Commission, the Office of the eSafety Commissioner, and the Centre for Children and Young People at Southern Cross University on a range of issues including services, life skills, student wellbeing, homelessness, youth unemployment, voting, eSafety and mental health. 
  • Planned and co-facilitated the ACYP Youth Week event which brought together 150 children and young people to provide feedback to NSW Government Departments on important issues affecting children and young people. Departments included Education; Police; Family and Community Services, Health; Juvenile Justice; Planning and Environment; Premier and Cabinet and Industry.
  • Met regularly with the NSW Advocate for Children and Young People to design and implement consultations with children and young people across NSW.
  • Undertook training in advocacy, facilitation and cultural awareness.

What skills can I develop through the YAC?

  • Communication
  • Advocacy
  • Facilitation
  • Problem solving
  • Decision making
  • Media
  • Cultural awareness

Key dates

  • Aug 20 – Applications open
  • Sep 30 – Applications close
  • Mid Oct – Shortlisted and unsuccessful applicants notified
  • Nov 8 – Recruitment event for shortlisted applicants at Parliament House. This is mandatory for shortlisted applicants.
  • End Nov – Recommended applicants notified
  • Dec/Jan - Final confirmation of successful applicants


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Last updated: 30 August 2018