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State of the Youth Sector Forum

We're gearing up for the State of the Youth Sector Forum next Friday 25 September, bringing together the brightest minds from the youth sector to build a new normal for young people.

This year, in light of the upheaval form COVID-19 lockdown and in the lead-up to WA’s state election, we have an opportunity to fundamentally rethink the way our systems serve young people.

The ideas we generate as a collective here will help shape YACWA’s pre-budget submission, our state election platform and our future advocacy for the young people and the youth sector.

There are only a few spots left for next Friday's physical event.

For those living outside of Perth or otherwise unable to attend the physical event – we’ll be hosting an online companion event, State of the Youth Sector Forum Digital on 2 October, for which you can register below.

RSVP - State of the Youth Sector Forum
RSVP - State of the Youth Sector Forum Digital

Save Higher Education Campaign

Will you take action to prevent future generations of young people being saddled with overwhelming debt? We’re calling on you to contact your elected representative to fight the proposed package to increase university fees for students in courses such as the Arts and Humanities by up to 113%.

In a year where young people are facing a pandemic, a recession and a crisis in unemployment these changes will make it significantly harder for those already doing it tough. The plan to drastically increase student fees will lock many out of education pathways that have demonstrated benefit to their community, the economy, and their lives. 

We must act now to ensure a strong and sustainable Higher Education System for future generations of young people.

Save Higher Education Petition

Accessibility and COVID-19 Survey

We encourage all young people living with disability and/or mental illness to respond to the Accessibility and COVID-19 Survey.

Responding will take about five minutes of your time and it will help us to better understand your unique COVID experiences, focusing on how accessibility has been shaped and changed throughout the pandemic.

Accessibility Survey

Mental Health / AOD Consultations

YACWA is looking to speak to young people aged 12-24 who can provide feedback about mental health and AOD services both current and future.

If you know any young people who might be interested in participating in a group forum or one to one interview between now and mid-October please contact

This consultation is on behalf of the Mental Health Commission. 

Mental Health / AOD Consultations

Young Carers Consultations

'YACWA & Carers WA are looking to speak with young carers from both regional and metro areas about the effects Covid-19 has had on their lives. YACWA will use this consultation to help inform its advocacy to decision-makers to ensure the best outcomes for young carers. 

The consultation will be on Zoom and participants will receive a $50 EFTPOS voucher for your time. 

There are two consultations; participants will only need to attend one.

7th October 2020 4:30-6:00pm
21st October 2020 5:00-6:30pm 

Young Carers Consultations

Become a YACWA Member 

YACWA has worked tirelessly to support young people, youth workers and the youth sector navigate this strange and challenging time. Now we’re asking you to join us commit to championing the rights of young people in Western Australia by becoming a member.

Over 40 years ago, a small group of agitators, firebrands and troublemakers joined together to form a united front for youth workers in our state. That same activist spirit, fuelled by an undying commitment to the rights of young people, runs through everything we do at the Youth Affairs Council of WA.

As we move into this recovery phase, we’re faced with an extraordinary challenge. Young people are expected to be some of the hardest hit by this upheaval to employment, education and daily life.

By becoming a member, you’ll be supporting our small team of change-makers to fight for every young person in our state.

Become a YACWA Member

MYAN National Youth Settlement Framework

MYAN Australia is excited to host a national online event exploring how organisations have been applying the NYSF in practice.

This panel will be an opportunity to learn directly from diverse practitioners working on the ground in youth and settlement support across Australia.

MYAN developed the NYSF in 2016 to support and measure good practice with young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds. It remains Australia’s first and only evidence-based national guide to benchmark good practice in youth settlement, and is the only one of its kind globally. With practical tools, including Assessment Guides, the NYSF is designed to equip policy makers and service providers with the skills and knowledge to best support young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds to thrive in Australia.
National Youth Settlement Framework

It Starts With Us: Youth Summit

The Museum of Freedom and Tolerance Human Rights and Responsibilities Campaign (HRXHR) are hosting a free youth summit, It Starts With Us, in partnership with the Multicultural Youth Advocacy Network of Western Australia on Saturday 10 October.

The event will be aligned with Article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights; the right to education, and aims to give youth the opportunity to reimagine their education. Thirty youth are invited to be a part of the workshop presented by a diverse mix-up of speakers equipping them with tools, stories and skills to change our world. Centred around voice, participants will attend several workshops where they can listen, be inspired and collaborative with other passionate youth.
It Starts With Us

Keep Phones in the Hands of Asylum Seekers

After refusing to ensure the safety of refugees and people seeking asylum in overcrowded conditions in immigration detention during the coronavirus pandemic, the Australian Border Force are now poised to gain even more sweeping powers, including the ability to confiscate mobile phones.

Mobile phones are a lifeline for refugees and people seeking asylum. 

Not only would these changes take away that accountability and transparency, it would rip away refugees and asylum seekers access to their families, loved ones, legal representation and the outside world.

Sign the petition and call on politicians to block Peter Dutton's latest push for unnecessary and harsh powers. 
Sign the Petition

YACWA respectfully acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the Traditional Custodians of this country. While our work is state-wide, YACWA's office is based on the land of Wadjuk people of the Noongar nation. 

We wish to pay our respect to Elders past and present and extend this to all Aboriginal people seeing this message.

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