About the Youth Advisory Council

The NSW Youth Advisory Council plays an important role in guiding NSW Government youth affairs and raising the views of young people.

Applications are sought from young people with relevant life experience, a keen interest in youth affairs and/or experience in youth and community organisations.

The Council meets regularly throughout the year to discuss a range of relevant topics, as well as monitoring and evaluating youth-related policies and legislation which affect young people.

The 12 Council members, aged between 12 and 24, come from all over the State and are broadly representative of the diversity of young people living in NSW.

Part four of the The Advocate for Children and Young People Act 2014 sets out the Council’s responsibilities and main function.

Applications are now closed for the 2017 Youth Advisory Council. Applications for the 2018 YAC will open mid 2017.

What members do

  • Advise the Minister and the Advocate on the planning, development, integration and implementation of government policies and programs concerning young people.
  • Consult with young people, community groups and government agencies on issues and policies concerning young people.
  • Monitor and evaluate legislation and government policies and programs concerning young people and recommend changes if required.
  • Conduct forums, approved by the Minister, on issues of interest to young people.
  • Collect, analyse and provide the Minister and the Advocate with information on issues and policies concerning young people.

How to become a member of the Youth Advisory Council

Part four of The Advocate for Children and Young People Act 2014 details that the Minister appoints members of the Youth Advisory Council. Members must have such experience, skills and qualifications as the Minister considers necessary for them to make a contribution to the work of the Council.