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.
Youth Week WA
Youth Week WA is an annual celebration of the positive contributions of young people to Western Australia. In 2019, it ran from 13 April to 20 April. Each year a
Youth Ambassador is chosen to help promote Youth Week WA and act as a youth spokesperson. Youth Week WA events are led by
Propel Youth Arts in partnership with the Department of Communities. Communities provides
grants of up to $1,500 for organisations to host Youth Week WA events.
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.
Now in its third year,
twelve young West Australians aged between 18 and 25 will meet and enjoy a life-changing trip to Hong Kong in August 2019, and meet with Hong Kong delegates when they travel to Perth in October 2019.
The program provides 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 when nominations are open (TBC).
Applications are open from 1 May to 17 May 2019. More information is available at yacwa.org.au.
The program is delivered by the Department of Communities in partnership with Youth Affairs Council of Western Australia (YACWA).
'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
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 2018 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 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.