Last published 01 Nov 2018
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 2021, an estimated 55,150 young people participated in Youth Week activities which took place between 16-24 April 2021. Over 800 events of varying sizes and activities were held.
Youth Week in NSW 2022
In 2022 Youth Week activities will take place from Friday 4 – Saturday 14 April. The theme is ’It’s up to YOU’th.’
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
In 2022 the finalist and winners of the Awards categories will be announced and celebrated at the Local Government NSW Awards Ceremony, subject to any ongoing impacts of the pandemic and or floods.
DCJ supports the following Youth Week Awards categories:
- Best Local Youth Week program in 2022
- Most Innovative Youth Week program in 2022
- Most Inclusive Youth Week program in 2022
- Best Small Council with the Most Outstanding Youth Week program in 2022
Local Councils will be eligible for consideration if:
- the Local Council has taken up the Youth Week 2022 grant and implemented Youth Week 2022 activities
- the Local Council has submitted its Completion Report for Youth Week 2022 by the reporting deadline.
- Activities implemented using funding allocated for Youth Week 2021 will not be able to be considered as part of the 2022 Youth Week Awards categories.