Youth

Last updated: 1/02/2021 5:51 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.

Youth Week WA

2021 Youth Week WA grants are now open!

Youth Week WA is the single largest annual celebration of young people in Western Australia.

Applications are now open for the 2021 Youth Week WA Grants Program, which provides grants of between $1,500 and $3,000 for Youth Week projects and activities. Youth Week WA 2021 will run from 9–16 April 2021. Grant applications close 12 November 2020.

Each year, Youth Week ambassadors are chosen to help promote Youth Week WA and act as youth spokespersons. 2020 Ambassadors, Zahra Al Hilaly and Haseeb Riaz, will retain their positions for Youth Week 2021. In 2020, due to COVID-19 restrictions, Youth Week WA live events were cancelled and KickstART Virtual was delivered by Propel Youth ARTS. KickstART Virtual was a week-long online festival of free workshops, talks, performances and hangouts, specifically tailored to young people in WA. 

'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 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.

Nominations for the 2021 Awards are now open and close on Friday 5 March 2021. Winners will be announced at the 22nd annual WA Youth Awards on Friday 9 April at the WA Museum, Boola Bardip.

The 2021 WA Young Person of the Year will be selected from the winners of categories recognising individuals.

Category winners receive a $1,000 prize. The WA Young Person of the Year will receive a $10,000 travel bursary to participate in youth-related events and activities across WA, in addition to a personal travel prize valued at $3,000.

The awards are a partnership between the Department of Communities and the Youth Affairs Council of Western Australia and are supported by Lotterywest.

For more information, visit the WA Youth Awards 2021 webpage.

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.

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 WA Youth Mentoring Strategic Framework and the development of a suite of publications demonstrating best practice in youth mentoring.

Youth Friendly Communities Principles 

A youth friendly community encompasses spaces, places, programs and initiatives that have been planned and developed with the dedicated input of young people. The ten principles outline the factors that support youth friendly community planning and important strategies to engage young people.