The Office for Youth runs Youth Advisory Groups with young people aged 16 to 25. They work with the Australian Government on the development of policies or programs that matter to young people. Each group has a specific area of focus.
The Youth Advisory Groups each partner with a government agency and provide direct advice on their area of focus.
Group membership and topics are refreshed annually.
The 2024 Youth Advisory Groups are:
First Nations Education Youth Advisory Group
Working partner: Department of Education and National Indigenous Australians Agency
Members of the First Nations Education Youth Advisory group will provide input into 4 priority areas related to school engagement:
- the role of teachers
- education policy settings like the National School Reform Agreement
- cultural capability and curriculum content
- targeted program support for school engagement.
The First Nations Education Youth Advisory Group members are:
- Noah from New South Wales
- Sienna from Queensland
- Shanaya from Northern Territory
- Rhea from Queensland
- Victory from Victoria
- Jonathon from Western Australia
- Tulara from South Australian
- Tremane from Western Australia
- Dakota from New South Wales.
Creative Industries Youth Advisory Group
Working partner: Office for the Arts
Culture and creativity have a transformative impact on young people. Members of the Creative Industries Youth Advisory Group will help shape policy and programs that benefit them and future generations.
Members will work on key aspects of the National Cultural Policy. The policy is called Revive: a place for every story, a story for every place. It’s a whole-of-government 5-year plan:
- to renew and revive Australia’s arts, entertainment, and cultural sector
- that recognises the importance of youth representation and participation in the arts.
Members of the Creative Industries Youth Advisory Group are:
- Charlie from New South Wales
- Nyarath from Victoria
- Oceana from Western Australia
- Matthew from New South Wales
- Max from New South Wales
- Reede from Tasmania
- Michaela from Queensland
- Nicola from South Australia.
Employment Youth Advisory Group
Working partner: Department of Employment and Workplace Relations (DEWR)
Members of the Employment Youth Advisory Group will provide advice and share insights on how young people are making the transition between education and work.
They will advise on:
- what they see as the government’s role
- things they would like to see government do more.
Members will work with DEWR on:
- careers information and support
- apprenticeship supports and messaging
- services for people struggling to make the transition between education and work.
The members of the Employment Youth Advisory Group are:
- Shai-lee from New South Wales
- Kushagra from Western Australia
- Lucinda from Victoria
- Christopher from Queensland
- Ramon from Queensland
- Janelle from Northern Territory
- Teah from Queensland
- Caitlin from New South Wales.
Prevention of Gender-Based Violence Youth Advisory Group
Working partner: Department of Social Services
Members of the Prevention of Gender-Based Violence Youth Advisory Group will advise on the initiatives under the National Plan to End Violence Against Women and Children 2022–2032.
The National Plan aims to stop violence before it starts, as well as preventing violence from escalating or reoccurring.
Members will provide crucial insights to ensure the Australian Government’s messaging and activities are:
- effective and motivating
- meaningful to young people
- result in a reduction in violence and harm in the future.
The Prevention of Gender-Based Violence Youth Advisory Group members are:
- Gavyn from Victoria
- Brooke from New South Wales
- Ahmad from Victoria
- Jemma from the Australian Capital Territory
- Taryn from Western Australia
- Jessica from Queensland
- Elloise from South Australia
- Declan from Queensland.
Civic Engagement Youth Advisory Group
Working partner: Department of Home Affairs
Members of the Civic Engagement Youth Advisory Group will work on practical civic engagement initiatives. These will help young people to understand:
- the role they play in a democracy
- how they can have their voices heard
- what their rights are in a democracy
- what it means to be an active community member
- how they can belong in their community
- how to engage in democracy in a digital age
- how they can create change in their community.
The members of the Civic Engagement Youth Advisory Group are:
- Tully from Queensland
- Joshua from Western Australia
- Tobias from Queensland
- Emma from South Australia
- Jeremy from South Australia
- Isabelle from Victoria
- Kuba from Tasmania
- Faaiza from New South Wales.
Safe and Supported Youth Advisory Groups
Working partner: Department of Social Services
The Safe and Supported Youth Advisory Group provides advice to the working partner on Safe and Supported, the national framework for protecting Australia’s children. They meet regularly to:
- design and deliver policies and programs for young Australians in the context of Safe and Supported
- advise DSS on how to improve its programs that support vulnerable youth.
The Safe and Supported Youth Advisory Group members are:
- James from Queensland
- Samantha from Tasmania
- Sarah from Queensland
- Kathleen from Western Australia
- Sharnya from Tasmania
- Stephanie from South Australia
- Jordy from Northern Territory.