- New Ministerial Youth Advisory Council established to help inform State Government youth policy
Youth Minister Peter Tinley has called for young Western Australians who are interested in making a difference to the State to nominate for the Ministerial Youth Advisory Council.
The Minister wants to form a council of 10 outstanding young Western Australians, aged 15-25, who can act as a sounding board and provide input into Government youth policy.
The council will investigate matters referred by the Minister for Youth and provide feedback and information around young peoples' experiences. Young people with a broad range of knowledge, skills, backgrounds, experience and education across metropolitan and regional WA will form the council's members and meet with the Minister on a quarterly basis.
Successful applicants are expected to act in a personal capacity, drawing on relevant knowledge, experience and skills. They will not represent a specific association. All out-of-pocket expenses, including travel, will be reimbursed.
Nominations are open until August 27 at http://www.dlgc.wa.gov.au/AboutUs/Pages/Ministerial-Youth-Advisory-Council.aspx
Comments attributed to Youth Minister Peter Tinley:
"The Ministerial Youth Advisory Council concept followed a discussion with five YMCA youth parliamentarians who suggested such a body would give young people a powerful voice on issues affecting them.
"The council will play an essential part in helping to develop WA's first Youth Strategy.
"I envisage the strategy will have a two-pronged approach. First, it will help give young people chances to excel through skills and leadership development programs.
"Second, it will ensure that all young people have the same opportunities. I refuse to accept that socioeconomic and environmental barriers should continue to prevent young people accessing suitable opportunities.
"It is my intent that a variety of mechanisms and initiatives including mentoring programs partnering with the private sector, men's sheds, veterans and peer-to-peer groups will deliver goals that the Ministerial Youth Advisory Council helps to identify.
"Seeking feedback and input from young people across the State is an important first step for the McGowan Government.
"Participating in the council is a great chance to have a say and contribute to WA's future planning. It also gives young people valuable experience that will benefit them in years to come."
Minister's office - 6552 5300