The Y WA Youth Parliament program

Email Orla Latawski, Program Coordinator at orla.latawski@ymcawa.org.au for more information!

Youth Parliament is a unique opportunity for young people to create change in WA and have their voice heard by policy makers. The annual program has been running for over 20 years, with involvement from a broad range of young people from all backgrounds. We are an apolitical program and encourage young people from across the state to apply – regardless of your political beliefs.

Participants act as “youth members”, representing a state electorate in parliament. The bills debated in the program are based on the interests and concerns of our state’s youth. They are then presented to the Governor, Premier and Leader of the Opposition in WA for reflection and consideration. Youth Parliament also provides an outstanding opportunity for personal development, be that in leadership skills, public speaking ability or the lifelong friendships forged throughout the transformative experience.

Youth Parliament is organised by a dedicated team of young people, including volunteers and many former participants. Where possible, we support participants so they can attend, including assistance with travel funds and gaining subsides or sponsored program fees.

Who can apply?

  • Young people aged 15 to 25
  • Must be living in Western Australia
  • Vaccinated (double dose) for COVID
  • Passionate about issues and representing your community 

 

How does it work?

  • Participants are selected and allocated:
    • a state electorate which aims to reflect where they live
    • A “committee” based on an issue they selected in the application; this will be your group and area your bill is written on
    • Either Government or Opposition; this is not a reflection of current parliament and is a non-partisan program. This is for a taste of parliamentary mechanisms
  • Two training Days: Saturday 23 April & Saturday 2 July
  • Online meetings from April to June (based on your individual availabilities) 
  • A week long residential camp between 10 to 15 July

 

What will you gain through your attending the program?

  • Learning to work with a diverse range of people, with respect and consideration
  • Developing lifelong friendships and networks
  • Learning new skills and developing knowledge of political systems
  • Attend Parliament House and debate in the chamber
  • Learn how to create your own legislation and write speeches
  • Opportunity to join the Youth Parliament Alumni.

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