2023 Youth Advisory Groups

The Office for Youth runs five 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.

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About

The Youth Advisory Groups each partner with a government agency and provide direct advice on their area of focus.

Group membership and topics will be refreshed annually.

We recently recruited for our 2024 Youth Advisory Groups. If you applied to be a part of a 2024 Youth Advisory Group, you can expect to hear from us in January 2024.

Read the Ministerial media release

The 2023 topics are:

First Nations

Working partner: National Indigenous Australians Agency

Learn about the advisory group and its members

Mental health and suicide prevention

Working partners: Department of Health and Aged Care, the National Mental Health Commission, and the National Suicide Prevention Office

Learn about the advisory group and its members

Promotion of STEM

Working partners: Department of Industry, Science and Resources and Questacon.

Learn about the advisory group and its members

Climate change and COP28

Working partner: Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water

Learn about the advisory group and its members

Safe and supported

Working partner: Department of Social Services

Learn about the advisory group and its members

Activities

March 2023

  • 2023 Youth Advisory Group members announced by Minister for Youth, the Hon Dr Anne Aly MP.
  • Inaugural meeting in Canberra with the Minister for Youth, the Hon Dr Anne Aly MP and portfolio ministers.
  • Joint Ministerial media release: Albanese Government empowering young Australians.

April 2023

  • Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Advisory Group met with the National Mental Health Commission.

May 2023

  • Members meet in Canberra for the Wiyi Yani U Thangani National Summit for First Nations women.
  • First Nations Advisory Group met with the National Indigenous Australians Agency.
  • Safe and Supported Advisory Group met with the Department of Social Services.
  • Climate Change and COP28 Advisory Group met with the Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water.

June 2023

  • Ministerial media release: A fresh approach to engaging young people.
  • Members participated in a virtual focus group on vaping and smoking with the Minister for Health.
  • Climate Change and COP Advisory Group members attended the Bigger Than Us Documentary Screening with the Australian National University Film Group and the Netherlands Embassy.
  • STEM advisory group members attended NYSF Youth Summit in Canberra.
  • First Nations Advisory Group members met with both the Indigenous Education Consultative Meeting and also the Assistant Minister for Indigenous Australians, Senator the Hon Malarndirri McCarthy, to discuss their work in the Advisory Group.

July 2023

  • The STEM Youth Advisory Group met online with the Department of Industry, Science and Resources, Questacon and Australia’s Chief Scientist Dr Cathy Foley to discuss Australia’s draft National Science and Research Priorities.
  • Members from advisory groups and the Youth Steering Committee attended a Youth Webinar to discuss the Review to Inform a Better and Fairer Education System with members from the Expert Panel.
  • Members from advisory groups and the Youth Steering Committee attended the third National Child and Youth Homelessness Conference in Melbourne. This year, the conference expanded its focus to include children and young people aged 0-24 years.  

August 2023

  • Safe and Supported Advisory Group members met online with Department of Social Services to discuss actions under Safe and Supported: the National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children 2021-31.
  • Climate Change and COP28 Advisory Group met online with the Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water.
  • Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Advisory Group members met with the Department of Health.

September 2023

  • First Nations Advisory Group members met with the National Indigenous Australians Agency to continue their work.
  • Safe and Supported Advisory Group members met online with Department of Social Services to continue their work and discussed housing and homelessness.
  • Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Advisory Group members met with the Department of Health.
  • STEM Youth Advisory Group met online with the Department of Industry, Science and Resources and Questacon to continue their work.
  • Climate Change and COP28 Advisory Group met online with the Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water to continue their work and network with representatives from Global Voices and AYFICE.    

November 2023

  • First Nations Advisory Group members met with the Indigenous Education Consultative Meeting to discuss their work in the Advisory Group.
  • Members of Safe and Supported Advisory Group participated in a Ministerial Youth Forum in Launceston, to discuss the development of the National Housing and Homeless Plan. 
  • Safe and Supported Advisory Group members met for an additional consultation opportunity to provide advice in developing the National Housing and Homelessness Plan. 
  • Climate Change and COP28 Advisory Group met online with the Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water.
  • Members of Climate Change and COP28 Advisory Group participated in an online Pre-COP28 Youth roundtable and separate Panel discussion regarding ‘Climate Change Anxiety’.
  • STEM Youth Advisory Group met online with the Department of Industry, Science and Resources and Questacon to continue their work.

December 2023 

  • Safe and Supported Advisory Group members are scheduled to meet in early December to continue their work under the Safe and Supported: the National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children 2021-31