Know a young person who wants to be a voice for the community? Nominations are open for the 2020 NSW Youth Advisory Council (YAC).

The YAC is looking for passionate advocates aged 12 to 24 to help the Government shape regional policies and programs.

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke said the YAC is the perfect platform for the region’s young people to make an impact.

“This is a great opportunity for people from the Cootamundra Electorate and I am so pleased the YAC is running again in 2020.” She said.

“Our Pizza and Pitch events showed me just how many passionate young people there are in the region, and how many fantastic ideas they have about the future.”

“This is the chance to get the ear of Government and meet other young people who want to make change. If you or anyone you know wants to be a voice for the community I urge you to apply for the YAC.”

Five young boys surround Steph Cooke at the Pizza and Pitch event in West Wyalong
Pizza and Pitch events around the electorate gave Steph Cooke the chance to meet young people with big ideas.

Minister for Families, Communities and Disability Services Gareth Ward said the 12-person panel provides advice to Government on policy and important issues affecting young people.

“Our Government wants to hear from custodians of our State’s future. The Youth Advisory Council is about giving a voice for young people directly to the heart of Government,” Mr Ward said. 

The YAC has in previous years helped bring about the Our Local youth directory website, engaged with government agencies on youth-related policy and assisted the judging of the Children’s Week Awards.

150 shortlisted nominees would be invited to attend the Youth Week Forum in Sydney on March 30.

Applications for the YAC close on Sunday, 1 March. For more information and to apply, visit