Would you like to have a real say in the things that matter to young people in regional NSW? The NSW Government is recruiting for the Regional Youth Taskforce.

Are you aged 12–24 and living outside of Greater Sydney and the local government areas of Newcastle and Wollongong?

For the first time, the NSW Government is offering regional young people the opportunity to share their voice on issues such as getting a job, mental health and wellbeing, getting around and having things to do. The Regional Youth Taskforce will be solutions-focussed, having a say on ways the NSW Government can try to improve outcomes for regional youth.

The Regional Youth Taskforce advises Bronnie Taylor, Minister for Regional Youth on issues that affect young people living in regional NSW. The taskforce will also have input into the way the NSW Government will act on these issues.

A sitting fee will be paid and flights and accommodation will be covered. The taskforce is expected to meet about four times a year, twice in person and twice through Skype. Meetings are likely to take place on weekends or in school holidays.

About the taskforce

Two young people from each NSW region will be selected to be on the Taskforce. The NSW regions are:

  • Central Coast
  • Central West and Orana
  • Far West
  • Hunter
  • Illawarra Shoalhaven
  • New England and North West
  • North Coast
  • Riverina Murray
  • South East and Tablelands.

The NSW Government is looking for young people who understand and want to tackle the big issues facing young people in regional NSW. These issues include the impact of drought, youth unemployment, mental health and drugs, lack of things to do, and difficulty accessing services. Taskforce members will be young people who want to make a difference, bringing their best and brightest ideas to solve local issues.

How to apply

This position will give you a chance to see how governments work and how big decisions are made. It will give you an opportunity to speak on behalf of your community sharing what should be done to make your region a better place to live and grow up.

As a member of the Taskforce, you will meet other passionate young people from all over regional NSW.

To apply click on the link below, which takes you to an online survey. You’ll need to add the following:

  • provide your thoughts on how you would solve an issue affecting young people in your region
  • share a little bit of information about who you are, including life experience, work experience or volunteer experience (this will take about 15 minutes to complete)
  • tell us the top three issues for young people in your region.

Your application will be considered in the light of how well you explain the issues affecting young people in your region and how effective and innovative your solutions might be.

Applications are open and close at 11:59pm on 5 August 2019. 



If you have any questions, contact the Office for Regional Youth at [email protected] or call 1300 315 954.