I am pleased today to launch YACWA’s COVID-19 Recovery Framework for Young People, our guiding document for recovery in Western Australia as we continue forward through the 2020 Pandemic.
This Framework provides guidance to the State Government on healing the hurt of the COVID-19 pandemic and rebuilding a better Western Australia for young people. Developed in partnership with young people, we provide clear recommendations for policy and financial shifts ahead of the next State Budget and 2021 State Election.
We heard loud and clear from young people that returning to ‘normal’ is not a good thing.
Normal, for many young people, was not working before COVID-19. Prior to the pandemic, Western Australia saw the impacts of racism, poverty, inequalities in education and mental health, child protection and justice. The list is endless and was seen in how active YACWA has been in pursuit of radical change in WA.
For this reason, our Recovery Framework does not intend to return us to normal.
It paints a picture of a ‘new’ normal and provides a vision for a more equal Western Australia. One where all young people are supported to thrive and participate meaningfully in the decisions that affect their lives.
This document is one of the first in YACWA’s continuing advocacy around recovery. We will continue to build upon and refine our recovery efforts as the situation evolves and in partnership with young people.
I hope this Recovery Framework provides an appropriate overview of the reality of the impacts of COVID-19 in Western Australia, as well as a genuine path forward to building back better.
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.