Youth Representation

Youth Representation

The Youth Coalition undertakes a range of advocacy and representation work that aims to raise awareness of emerging issues to both government and the broader community. Advocacy and representation work takes place through sitting on forums, committees, advisory groups, steering groups and boards; as well as through meetings with MLAs, government department officials and other stakeholders. The Youth Coalition also advocates to progress the interests of young people through developing policy submissions and participating in policy activities.

Examples of the committees and groups that the Youth Coalition participate in include:

  • Joint Community Government Reference Group
  • Joint Pathways (homelessness sector meeting)
  • Community Services Industry Strategy Steering Group
  • CYFSP Practice Leaders Group & Workforce Development subcommittee
  • Justice Reform Group
  • StandBy Support Service Reference Group
  • Industry Strategy Steering Group
  • Office for Mental Health and Wellbeing Children and Young People’s Advisory Committee
  • Children and Young People’s Mental Health Review Reference Group
  • Office for Mental Health and Wellbeing Youth Mental Health Navigation Portal Reference Group
  • Office for Mental Health and Wellbeing Co-Design Working Group for Moderate-Severe Mental Illness
  • ACT Peaks Network
  • Murrumbidgee Education & Training Centre Training & Employment Committee
  • National forums:
    • Australian Youth Affairs Coalition’s Board
    • National executive and State and Territory Advisory Network of the Multicultural Youth Advocacy Network Australia)
    • State and Territory Youth Peaks

Media & News

The Youth Coalition also has a presence in the media in the ACT, regularly providing comment on issues affecting young people and the youth sector across radio, television and print media.


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