Minister for Citizenship and Communities Victor Dominello today called for applications from young people who want to make a real difference in NSW to join the 2014 Youth Advisory Council.
Mr Dominello said council members provide advice to the NSW Government on policies that affect youth. The council is made up of 12 members, all aged under 25 years
“The Youth Advisory Council makes a valuable contribution to the NSW Government’s work and the way we deliver services for young people in NSW,” Mr Dominello said.
“Representations from the Youth Advisory Council, for example, helped learner drivers in NSW to cut their compulsory supervised driving hours by one-third, to 80 hours, if they enroll in a Safer Drivers Course and conduct 10 hours of professional driver training.
“These young leaders also examined how to increase opportunities for young people to participate in their communities, particularly through volunteering, and how to improve information to young people on the risks of sexual transmitted infections.
“They meet regularly throughout the year to discuss significant issues facing young people as well as monitor and evaluate policy and legislation that affects young people across NSW,” Mr Dominello said.
The NSW Government is seeking to attract a diverse range of applicants, including a balance of gender, cultural and linguistic backgrounds including young Aboriginal people, as well as metropolitan, regional and rural residents.
“I’ve really enjoyed working with the 2013 council members and I look forward to welcoming new faces next year,” Mr Dominello said.
Chair of the Youth Advisory Council, Ms Astha Rajvanshi from West Pennant Hills, said that being a member was a great opportunity to learn more about the processes of government.
“It’s been a rewarding experience to be part of the Youth Advisory Council, especially as the Council gets to actually inform on specific policy for the betterment of young people in NSW,” she said.
Advertisements inviting young people to apply for appointment to the 2014 NSW Youth Advisory Council will appear in a range of metropolitan, regional and multicultural newspapers over the next few days.
For more information and to apply, visit www.youth.nsw.gov.au/youth-advisory-council or contact firstname.lastname@example.org or (02) 8762 9844.
The closing date for applications is Monday 4 November 2013 at 5:00pm.
The current Youth Advisory Council includes:
- Ms Astha Rajvanshi from West Pennant Hills, age 21 (Chair)
- Mr Piero Craney, Wyoming, 18
- Ms Gina Zheng, Eastwood, 16
- Ms Teleria Milson, Dubbo, 16
- Ms Kayla Lochner, Randwick, 18
- Mr Jesse Hanna, Bexley, 20
- Mr Jake Green, Thirroul, 17
- Mr Nathan Inwood, Bathurst, 20 (Deputy Chair)
- Ms Rosemarie Costi, Riverview,19
- Mr Alexander Leighton, Gloucester,18
- Ms Marie Nemani, Kogarah, 16
- Ms Melissa Wolfshoerndl, Richmond, 18
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