Cowra local, Stassi Austin is among twelve of the state’s brightest young leaders who has been appointed to the 2021-22 NSW Youth Advisory Council. 

Member for Cootamundra, Steph Cooke said it is fantastic to see young people putting themselves forward to serve as a voice for their peers.

“The Youth Advisory Council provides young people the opportunity to let their voice be heard,” Ms Cooke said.

“I know Stassi will make our community proud and I congratulate all newly appointed council members who will lead and advocate for their generation throughout their one-year term.”

The NSW Youth Advisory Council is made up of young people aged 12-24, who will meet throughout the year and offer advice to the NSW Government on issues of importance to young people.

Following an extensive recruitment process that saw 585 young people apply, the new Youth Advisory Council held its first meeting online over the weekend.

“I feel honoured to have an opportunity to represent the interests of young people in NSW as a member of the YAC. I look forward to working with my fellow YAC members to bring positive change to the big issues that are impacting young people in NSW,” Stassi said.

Minister for Families, Communities and Disability Services Alister Henskens said the Youth Advisory Council provides young people with the opportunity to influence decisions that will create positive outcomes for their peers.

“There are many young people from all walks of life seeking to energise, lead and advocate for their generation and the best way to represent and serve our youth is to let their voice be heard,” Mr Henskens said. 

Minister for Mental Health, Regional Youth and Women Bronnie Taylor said the Council will be a direct line to government on behalf of their peers and their communities.

“It is fantastic to see so many young people stepping forward so we can work together to implement their ideas and address their issues,” Mrs Taylor said.

The Youth Advisory Council will be supported by the Advocate for Children and Young People Zoë Robinson.

“I look forward to working with new members and supporting them in their good work during their term on the council,” Ms Robinson said.

More information about the Youth Advisory Council is available online.