Youth Week began as a NSW Government initiative in 1989, and has since grown to be a celebration of young people in every state and territory across the country.
It is organised by young people, for young people, in communities across NSW and Australia. Following the success of the NSW Youth Week program, Youth Week became a national event in 2000. National Youth Week is jointly supported by the Australian government, state and territory governments and local governments.
If you’re aged between 12 -24, Youth Week is an opportunity to:
- share ideas
- attend live events
- have your voice heard on issues of concern to you
- showcase your talents
- celebrate your contribution to the community
- take part in competitions
- have fun!
In 2019, an estimated 73,900 young people participated in Youth Week activities which took place between 10-18 April 2019. Over 740 events of varying sizes and activities were held.
Who is responsible for Youth Week in New South Wales?
The NSW Government invites all local councils in NSW to jointly fund Youth Week activities in their area. As part of their funding agreement with the NSW Government, councils agree to involve young people in all aspects of Youth Week, including the planning, development and management of activities.
Youth Week is managed at a state level by the Youth Week Coordinator (located in the Youth Strategy and Participation Unit, Participation and Inclusion, Department of Family and Community Services) in conjunction with the NSW Youth Week committee. The committee is responsible for providing advice on the management and operation of Youth Week in NSW. If you'd like to get in touch, please contact us.