I want young Australians' voices heard. The innovative ideas of youth will help change Australia for the better.

Bree, 17, Sunshine Coast

I want support and change for the cost of living in Australia

Rachel, 23, Sydney.

I want to be heard.

Shannen, 17, Woombye.

A voice for Australian youth.

Peta, 44, Bendigo.

I want suicide prevention to be a priority.

Trent, 24, Broome.

Politicians are failing young people and we’re all losing out.

You can help fix this.

Let's put Youth on the Agenda.

 

More than 1 in 5 Australians are aged 12-25. Young people face a future of insecure work and housing. Economists warn young people are missing out on our country’s wealth – the first generation likely to have lower standards of living than their parents. Unfairly, some young people have even less opportunities, just because of their background or identity.

This is a big problem for everyone. We’ll rely on young people most to support our ageing population. If young people feel valued and connected to our community, we will all benefit.

Young people want to be heard on many issues, from tax and justice to marriage equality and climate change. But the Australian Government has removed all ways to hear from or engage with young people. We have no national youth strategy  government plan to support young people. We have no funding for the youth peak body– young people’s voice in politics. And from 2017, they’ve even cancelled National Youth Week.

Together, we can change this.  Ask your local MP to show they value young people.

Tell them to give our young people their voice back! 

 

Send them a message

 

The Australian Government must:

  • Appoint a Minister for Youth to engage with young people through a national youth strategy

  • Commit to a national voice for young people, like the Australian Youth Affairs Coalition

  • Guarantee ongoing National Youth Week funding, and celebrate all young people’s contributions to our country.

Supported By

Youth Research Centre
Youth Action
YMCA Australia
Multicultural Youth Advocacy Network (Australia)
Y Foundations
Youth Homelessness Matters Day
Youth Network of Tasmania
Australian Youth Climate Coalition
Victorian Youth Workers Association
Youth Affairs Council Victoria
Anglicare Australia
Youth Coalition of the ACT
The Youth Affairs Council of Western Australia
Children and Young People with Disability Australia
Victorian Student Representative Council
Oaktree
Youth Affairs Network Queensland
Federation of Ethnic Communities' Councils of Australia
Youth Affairs Council of South Australia