Regional Youth Taskforce

The Regional Youth Taskforce connects young people from regional NSW with their community and engages them on issues including getting a job, mental health and public transport. 

Apply to join the 2022 Regional Youth Taskforce

Applications to join the 2022 Regional Youth Taskforce open on Tuesday 12 October 2021 and close at midnight Sunday 21 November 2021.

2021 membership 

The Minister for Regional Youth, Hon. Bronnie Taylor MLC. announced the 2021 Taskforce members. 

The 2021 Regional Youth Taskforce members are:

  • Phoebe Sheridan and Jayden Redfern for the Central Coast Region
  • Taje Fowler and Lachlan Hicks for the Central West and Orana Region
  • Isaac Ford and Katelyn Whyman for the Far West Region
  • Clodagh Falvey and Isabella Metcalfe for the Hunter Region
  • Samantha Dunn and Adrian Le for the Illawarra Shoalhaven Region
  • Elka Devney and Imogen McDonald for the New England and North West Region
  • Paris Brailsford and Francois van Kempen for the North Coast Region
  • Bihozagara Ndabagaza and Ben Caughey for the Riverina Murray Region
  • Samuel Pevere and Lola Stravoskoufis for the South East Region
Map of New South Wales regions
Map of New South Wales youth taskforce member locations

Role of the Taskforce 

Members of the Regional Youth Taskforce advise the Minister on issues that affect young people living in regional NSW. 

The Taskforce allows members to have their say on ways Government can improve outcomes for young people in regional NSW and better deliver services.

The Regional NSW Youth Framework and Regional NSW Youth Action Plan outline the strategic whole of government priorities for regional young people. 

Over the course of the year the Regional Youth Taskforce will focus on the pillars of the Regional Youth Framework. These are: Wellbeing, Connectivity, Work Ready and Community. Throughout the year members will be consulted and invited to contribute to various government policies. 

About the Taskforce 

The second Regional Youth Taskforce will be appointed from March 2021. During 2021 the Taskforce will have four meetings with Minister Taylor in various locations around NSW, either online or in person. 

Members will have their transport, food and accommodation costs covered. Meetings will be scheduled to take place on weekends or in school holidays.

2019-2020 Regional Youth Taskforce Yearbook 

To see the work and achievements of the inaugural 2019-2020 Regional Youth Taskforce please check out the Yearbook report and video.


2020 Taskforce members
Regional Youth Taskforce


The 2019-20 Regional Youth Taskforce members are:

  • Jasmin Hughes and Josef Graf Cooper for the Central Coast Region
  • Ashish Thapa and Maddy Jerrett for Central West and Orana Region
  • Ben Johnstone and Nyokia Townsend for the Far West Region
  • Katherine Sutcliffe and Jack Antcliff for the Hunter Region
  • Amanda Reid and Lachlan Page for the Illawarra Shoalhaven Region
  • Laura Murray and Ryan Dwight for the New England and North West Region
  • Jan Jaafr and Caitlin Axelby for the North Coast Region
  • Luca James and Marina Gabra for the Riverina Murray Region
  • Khawlah Albaf and Allie Roberson for the South East Region

About the Office for Regional Youth 

The Office for Regional Youth sits within the Department of Regional NSW and provides a coordinated and strategic approach to respond to regional youth issues.

To ensure a meaningful approach and direction, the Office for Regional Youth listens to advice and insights of regional young people, parents, employers and youth workers.

The Regional Youth Taskforce provides an essential connection to young people in regional NSW. 

The Office for Regional Youth works in partnership with the Advocate for Children and Young People to support the Regional Youth Taskforce.


If you have any questions, contact the Office for Regional Youth at

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