Last updated: 14/07/2017 7:08 PM
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The Department of Local Government and Communities (DLGC) develops programs and policies that meet the needs of West Australian young people aged 12 to 25 years. DLGC 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.

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National Youth Week

National Youth Week is an annual celebration of the positive contributions of young people to Western Australia. In 2017, National Youth Week ran from 31 March to 9 April. Western Australia’s Ambassador for National Youth Week 2017 is Darci Miller. WA’s National Youth Week events are led by Propel Youth Arts in partnership with DLGC. ​DLGC provides grants of up to $1,000 for organisations to host National Youth Week events. View the online program of events.

Youth Participation Kit

DLGC 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 West 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 2016 WA Youth Awards were presented by the Youth Affairs Council of WA in partnership with DLGC, and supported by Lotterywest at a ceremony on Friday 25 November.

Youth Advisory Councils

DLGC 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 West 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 for more information.

Youth mentoring

DLGC 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.