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Youth Week

Youth Week in NSW is a week-long celebration held in early April each year that is organised by young people, for young people, in communities across the state.

If you’re aged between 12 -25, 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!

Youth Week is an opportunity for young people to express their ideas and views, act on issues that affect their lives, and create and enjoy activities and events. In 2016, about 4,000 young people across the state were involved in planning and organising activities and events such as forums, debates, photography exhibitions, fitness activities, writing competitions, hip hop dance classes and concerts. More than 100,000 young people participated in more than 900 local activities and events.

Youth Week in NSW 2019

In 2019 Youth will take place from Wednesday 10- 18 April. The theme is Coming together to Connect, Share, Speak out and Celebrate.

Youth Week Design Competition

To celebrate NSW Youth Week this year, the Office of the Advocate for Children and Young People (ACYP) is inviting young people between 12 and 24 years of age to enter the NSW Youth Week Design Competition.

The winner will be presented with an award and will receive shoe slides with their design printed on them for themself, their family and friends at the NSW Youth Week Forum at NSW Parliament House on Monday 8 April 2019.

Designs can include drawings, paintings, photographs and digital illustrations. It’s not about being a good artist, it’s about young people showing us what inspires them.

Entries close Sunday 17 March 2019.To learn more about Youth Week or to find activities visit:

Who is involved in Youth Week in NSW?

In October/November each year, NSW local councils are invited to jointly fund Youth Week activities in their area by the NSW government. Young people need to be involved in all stages of the activity including planning, development and management.

Management of Youth Week

Youth Week in NSW is managed by Department of Family and Community Services in partnership with the Advocate for Children and Young People. The NSW Youth Advisory Council gives advice on the management and operation of NSW Youth Week.

History of Youth Week

Youth Week started as a NSW government initiative in 1989 and became a national event in 2000 as a joint Australian government, state, territory and local government initiative.

Thousands of young people aged 12–25 from across Australia get involved in Youth Week each year.

More information

Youth Week NSW website

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Last updated: 24 Sep 2019