Youth

Last updated: 13/11/2017 6:44 PM
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The Department of Communities develops programs and policies that meet the needs of West Australian young people aged 12 to 25 years. The Department works with young people, community groups and government agencies at local, State and national levels to meet the diverse needs of young people in a variety of ways, including:

  • consulting with young people and other stakeholders to determine emerging issues and trends and inform and influence decisions and services
  • leading policy reform in key areas of youth affairs
  • funding youth activities, organisations and strategic projects in the youth sector, and
  • coordinating initiatives that promote the positive contribution made by young people in the community.

WA Youth Week

WA Youth Week is an annual celebration of the positive contributions of young people to Western Australia. In 2018 it will run from 13 April to 22 April. Nominations have now closed for Western Australia’s Ambassador for WA Youth Week 2018. WA’s Youth Week events are led by Propel Youth Arts in partnership with the Department of Communities. Communities provides grants of up to $1,000 for organisations to host Youth Week events. These have now closed for 2017.

International Youth Exchange Program

The International Youth Exchange Program is an initiative of the Western Australian State Government and the Home Affairs Bureau of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government to further strengthen relations between China and WA.

As part of the program, twelve young West Australians aged between 18 and 25 will meet and participate in activities with Hong Kong delegates in Perth in October 2017, and enjoy a life-changing trip to Hong Kong in February 2018.

Now in its second year, the program will again provide young people with the opportunity to develop self-confidence, build international networks, obtain an understanding of different cultures and provide a base for future career goals. Young people from regional areas, as well as Aboriginal and multicultural backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

The program is delivered by the Department of Communities in partnership with Youth Affairs Council of Western Australia (YACWA) and is supported by the Office of Multicultural Interests.

'My Money My Life' booklet

'My Money My Life' is a booklet that offers practical and up-to-date information for young people about managing money and financial advice for some of the key transition points in their lives.

It is designed to assist young people as they become more independent and develop financial literacy.

The booklet was produced through a partnership between the City of Joondalup and the Department of Communities and is available in electronic format from the City of Joondalup Y-Lounge website.

Youth Participation Kit

The Department has developed a series of publications for young people and organisations which provide advice on how to maximise young people’s input and contributions to community life. Information sheets for young people contain practical tips on how they can get involved in organisations and the community, organise an event, become a volunteer or even apply for a grant. Information sheets for organisations contain tips and ideas on how to include young people in consultations, decision making and opportunities to influence change to increase success.

WA Youth Awards

The annual WA Youth Awards recognise Western Australians aged 12 to 25 years for their contribution to the community, as well as individuals and organisations that work with and support the State’s young people. The 2017 WA Youth Awards were presented by the Youth Affairs Council of WA in partnership with the Department of Communities, and supported by Lotterywest, at a ceremony in October. 

Youth Advisory Councils

The Department provides advice and information to local governments about how to engage with young people. Establishing a Youth Advisory Council is one way local governments can engage with young people on local matters. A Youth Advisory Council is a group of young people that advises its local council about matters relating to young people. This may include youth events, activities and consultations about youth services and facilities.

The Panel

The Panel is an avenue for young people aged 12 to 25 years to have their say on important issues. Young people who join The Panel can participate in surveys, discussions and workshops that focus on youth issues and help shape events, programs and policies for young Western Australians. The Panel activities are available online and involvement is voluntary. Member details remain confidential and under 18s require permission from their parent, guardian or carer to participate. Complete the online registration form to join the panel or email youngpeople@communities.wa.gov.au for more information.

Youth mentoring

The Department led Western Australia’s mentoring reform project for young people between 2010 and 2014. It established a reform group (now the WA Youth Mentoring Network) consisting of representatives from the mentoring sector, government agencies, education sector and an independent academic. A major outcome of the reform program was the the WA Youth Mentoring Strategic Framework and the development of a suite of publications demonstrating best practice in youth mentoring.