- Youth conference encourages innovative ideas and fresh approaches
Youth Minister Peter Tinley has opened the Youth Affairs Council of Western Australia's (YACWA) Un-Fairground Conference with a call for attendees to consider new ways to address challenges facing young Western Australians.
YACWA holds the Fairground Conference every two years for the youth sector to network and share ideas, learnings and experiences that focus on issues important to young people.
But this year, the conference was renamed Un-Fairground in a bid to acknowledge systemic issues affecting young people.
Topics for discussion during this year's conference include education, youth unemployment, mental health, homelessness, youth justice and young people leaving care.
The State Government has extensively consulted with young people, the youth sector and local governments to gain their feedback and insights on systemic issues that significantly impact young people.
This information will inform a whole-of-government and whole-of-community approach to meeting young people's needs in WA.
Comments attributed to Youth Minister Peter Tinley:
"YACWA is an acknowledged champion of young people and the youth sector, and the State Government is proud to support this conference.
"There are more than 500,000 young people in WA and this figure is set to increase by 44 per cent by 2030, so we need to do our best to give every young person in WA the opportunity to make positive life choices that will help them to thrive.
"Forums such as this conference facilitate the discussion of innovative ideas and different ways of tackling enduring issues that affect the State's youth - including our most vulnerable.
"The McGowan Government will continue to work with young people, the youth sector and across government agencies, and collaborate to improve services for young people."
Minister's office - 6552 5300