Youth Minister Dave Kelly, today announced that nominations for membership of the State Government’s Ministerial Youth Advisory Council were now open.
The Ministerial Youth Advisory Council (MYAC) was established in 2017 by the McGowan Government to provide direct advice to the Youth Minister on important matters relating to young people in Western Australia.
Since its establishment, the MYAC has provided important input and valuable, experience-based advice to the Minister on youth focused issues including homelessness, mental health and unemployment.
The MYAC has been an active participant in the State Government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, providing important advice and input, participating in both the COVID-19 Ministerial Youth Roundtable and the COVID-19 Youth Taskforce, and contributing to solutions that will assist young people on the road to recovery.
Members of the MYAC have previously undertaken their role in a voluntary capacity. However, in recognition of the important principle of valuing young people’s contributions, the McGowan Government has now introduced remuneration for Council members.
Nominations are now open for membership of the MYAC, commencing in the role mid-2021.
Membership of the MYAC is for an initial two-year term, with a possible one-year extension.
Nominations can be made in writing or through video format, and close on January 15, 2021.
Information on the MYAC, including how to apply can be found at https://www.communities.wa.gov.au/projects/ministerial-youth-advisory-council
As stated by Youth Minister Dave Kelly:
“The COVID-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on young people in Western Australia.
“Economic conditions in 2020 have seen youth employment significantly impacted, with many opportunities evaporating in a very short time.
“Added to that the limitations on social interaction, recreation and sport, and the state’s young people have endured many challenges this year.
“Now more than ever, young people in Western Australia need to feel they are part of society and that their voices are heard.
“The McGowan Government is committed to providing avenues for young people to inform decisions that affect them, with their input critical to developing and delivering the services and supports that meet their needs.”