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About National Youth Week

Waves and Melodies

Youth Week began as a NSW Government initiative in 1989, and has since grown to be a celebration of young people in every state and territory across the country.

It is organised by young people, for young people (aged 12-25), in communities across NSW and Australia. Following the success of the NSW Youth Week program, Youth Week became a National event in 2000. National Youth Week is jointly supported by the Australian Government, State and Territory Governments and Local Governments and falls in April each year.

National Youth Week is an opportunity for young people to:

  • share ideas
  • attend live events
  • have their voices heard on issues of concern to them
  • showcase their talents
  • celebrate their contribution to the community
  • take part in competitions
  • have fun!

Port Macquarie-Hasting's Council involvement

Port Macquarie-Hastings Council recognises the important contribution young people make to the Hastings Region.

Our young people are vibrant, creative, and talented in so many ways. They have strong opinions and great ideas for the future of our area, our state and the country and the world.

Port Macquarie-Hastings Council celebrates our young people every year by participating in National Youth Week.

Port Macquarie Hastings Council works closely with the Hastings Youth Advisory Council (YAC) to develop an innovative and fun program of activities that will bring young people together, showcase their talents to the community, and offer opportunities to develop skills and participate in future youth focused events and projects.

Port Macquarie-Hastings Council has been a leader for Youth Week programs in NSW for over a decade. Winning 7 NSW local government awards for:

  • The Most Innovative Youth Week Program
  • The Best Local Youth Week Program
  • The best ongoing commitment to youth week
  • Best Local - 2012 and 2013
  • Most innovative - 2005, 2009,2012
  • Ongoing commitment - 2010,2014

Young people aged 12-25 is defined by the government - not sure which department but thats what they use including for the census - except they say 12-24.



This page was last updated on: 20 March 2017