Minister for Multiculturalism John Ajaka has called for nominations for the 2015 NSW Youth Advisory Council (YAC) whilst addressing the NGO and Civil Society Forum at Parliament House today.
Council members come from all over the State and are broadly representative of the diversity of young people living in NSW in terms of gender, Aboriginality, and cultural and linguistic background.
Mr Ajaka said that the Youth Advisory Council is one of the most effective ways for young people to be involved in Government decision making.
“Their unique insights, views and advice assists in the development of policies and programs affecting young people,” Mr Ajaka said.
“The Youth Advisory Council makes an important and valuable contribution to the NSW Government’s work and the way we deliver services for young people in NSW.”
Mr Ajaka was joined at the Forum by the Advocate for Children and Young People, Mr Andrew Johnson.
Mr Johnson said that the 12 member Council provides a direct avenue of communication between young people and the NSW Government.
“The Council meets regularly throughout the year to provide advice to the Government and the Advocate and to monitor and evaluate policies and legislation which affect young people”, Mr Johnson said.
“The advice from the YAC has been instrumental in assisting the direction and set up of the Office of the Advocate for Children and Young People.”
Information and application forms for membership of the Youth Advisory Council are available on the Advocate’s website at www.acyp.nsw.gov.au from the Advocate email@example.com or (02) 9286 7231. Applications close at 5:00pm Monday 31st of August 2015.