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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. 


2021 Applications for membership

If you want to help make a difference for young people living and working in regional NSW you are encouraged to apply to become a member of the second NSW Government Regional Youth Taskforce.

Up to eighteen members who reflect the diversity of young people in regional NSW will be selected. 

About you

You are passionate about regional NSW; you have ideas and views on issues impacting young people in regional NSW; you want to engage, learn and be involved in opportunities to affect real change on regional issues.  


We would love to see applications from young people who are:

  • aged 12-24
  • live in regional NSW (defined as Local Government Areas outside of Sydney, Newcastle or Wollongong)

The map shows the areas of eligibility – that is you are not eligible if you live in the greater Sydney Metro area or the Wollongong or Newcastle Local Government Areas.

If you have any questions regarding your eligibility to be on the Regional Youth Taskforce, please contact the Office for Regional Youth on 1300 473 688  or

Map of youth task force eligible areas

Application process

Applications open on Thursday 3 September and close at 11:59pm on Sunday 1 November 2020. 

As part of answering the questions in the application form, we invite you to share a short video to tell us about yourself and some of your experiences. In the video, tell or show us what you think are the three most important issues impacting young people in your part of regional NSW, and give your pitch about what can be done to address one of these issues. 

The Office for Regional Youth will review all applications and provide a recommended short list to the Minister for Regional Youth, Hon. Bronnie Taylor MLC. Minster Taylor will appoint and announce the final Taskforce members before the end of the year.

Role of the Taskforce 

As a member of the Regional Youth Taskforce you will advise the Minister on issues that affect young people living in regional NSW. 

The Taskforce will allow you to have your 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 January 2021 until 31 December 2021. Over this period 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.

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.

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


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

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