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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!

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.

Youth Week in NSW 2021

In 2021 Youth will take place from Friday 16 – Saturday 24 April. The theme is ’Together more than ever.’

Who is involved in Youth Week in NSW?

NSW local councils jointly fund, with the Department of Communities and Justice, Youth Week activities in their area. Young people must be involved in all stages of the activity including planning, development and management.

Management of Youth Week

Youth Week in NSW is managed by the Department of Communities and Justice 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.

Youth Week Awards

The Youth Week Awards categories for 2020 did not proceed due to the impacts of COVID-19 on activity delivery.

In 2021 we aim to resume these Awards categories at the Local Government NSW Awards Ceremony, subject to any ongoing impacts of the pandemic.

DCJ supports the following Youth Week Awards categories:

  • Best local Youth Week program in 2021
  • Best on-going commitment to local Youth Week programs
  • Most innovative Youth Week program in 2021
  • Best small Council with the most outstanding Youth Week program in 2021

Local Councils will be eligible for consideration if:

  • the Local Council has taken up the Youth Week 2021 grant and implemented Youth Week 2021 activities
  • the Local Council has submitted its Completion Report for Youth Week 2021 by the reporting deadline.
  • Activities implemented using funding allocated for Youth Week 2020 will not be able to be considered as part of the 2021 Youth Week Awards categories.

More information

Youth Week NSW website

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Last updated: 18 Jan 2021