NSW, through their eyes 

NSW, through their eyes is an interview series by the Office of the Advocate for Children and Young People (ACYP).

The concept behind this series is to ask a variety of inspirational children and young people and adults who work with and for children and young people about their life experiences and priorities for children and young people in NSW.

This series includes a number of short informative and interesting interviews that will inspire you and give you and insight into the many different experiences of children and young people in NSW.


Bailey Pickles interviewed by Zoë Robinson

27 May, 2020

Sixteen year old Bailey Pickles’ love for music became noticeable when he was just a toddler and has continued to grow ever since. Bailey recently became noticed on TikTok by using his ability to listen to a piece of music and replay it.

In this interview Bailey talks about his journey to becoming a composer, his passion for experimental music and his hopes for the future.


Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons interviewed by Zoë Robinson

17 April, 2020

NSW Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons led the charge in fighting one of the most devastating fire seasons experienced in NSW in 2019 and 2020.

In this interview, Commissioner Fitzsimmons shares his career pathway, how he sources inspiration from the many volunteers he works with and how the dedication and commitment he sees in young people makes him believe that our future is in safe hands.


Julie Charlton interviewed by Zoë Robinson

01 April, 2020

Julie Charlton is a member of the NSW Youth Advisory Council (YAC), an advocate for Spina Bifida awareness and Don’t Dis My Ability ambassador. She is passionate about ensuring all children and young people have access to equal opportunities, particularly those who have a disability.

In this interview Julie talks about her life experiences and her journey to becoming a para athlete. She also imparts valuable advice for both children and young people and adults.


Amy Brown interviewed by Zoë Robinson

16 March, 2020

As the Deputy Secretary, Strategy and Delivery for the Department of Premier and Cabinet, Amy Brown is a key leader in NSW Government. Amy and her team provide expert commercial, strategic and economic advice to the Premier on major and complex whole-of-government policies, programs and projects.

In this interview Amy talks about her career journey, successful leadership strategies and how to lead by using your strengths.


Joseph La Posta interviewed by Zoë Robinson

9 March, 2020

Joseph La Posta is the CEO of Multicultural NSW. In this interview Joseph talks about NSW being one of the most diverse states in the world and following Multicultural NSW’s Remove Hate from the Debate campaign he speaks about community inclusion for children and young people in NSW.


Simon Byrnes interviewed by Zoë Robinson

3 March, 2020

As a young person Simon Byrnes experienced homelessness. In this interview Simon sits down with Acting Advocate for Children and Young People Zoë Robinson and shares his inspiring story on overcoming the challenges he faced as a young person.


More videos coming soon...

If you would like to get involved, please contact the office on (02) 9248 0970, or acyp@acyp.nsw.gov.au.