The Australian Youth Representative to the United Nations
2021 Listening Tour
Consulting with young people 12 to 25 across Australia, and listening to their voices.
Consultations held so far
The 2021 Listening Tour with Australian Youth Representative, Lucy Stronach, has begun! Starting in Queensland, Lucy will lead an extensive, nationwide consultation tour to engage with and discover the issues that are most important to young Australians. The Listening Tour is a 6-month journey across every State and Territory and sees the Australian Youth Representative consult with as many young people aged 12 to 25.
Each year, the Australian Youth Representative asks young people a specific question. In 2021, Lucy will be asking
Through the Listening Tour and consultations held at youth conferences, schools, UN Youth Australia events, Juvenile Justice Centres and more, the Program obtains a wide range of youth perspectives and experiences. After listening to Australia’s youth, Lucy as the Australian Youth Representative will convey the multitude of individual voices not has a homogenous group, but as a vast network of differing perspectives, opinions, and experiences that shape society. A final report will be prepared covering the entire 2021 Listening Tour and voices of young people.
Importantly, the Australian Youth Representative will meet not only with young people but also with prominent members of the Australian community, including Members of Parliament (MPs), leaders from non-government organisations, and those involved in the youth and education sectors. If you would to speak to Lucy and learn more about what young people are saying, please contact us here.
Want to hold or attend a consultation? Contact us to hold a consult at your school, institution or organisation, or see which council/community organisations are hosting open consults!
Take the Youth Rep Survey!
Can’t attend a consultation? We still want to hear from you! Our online Youth Representative survey is open to all youth 25 years old and younger! Take the survey and give your perspective on domestic and global issues affecting youth. You’ll also have the opportunity to answer this year’s question, What would Australia look like if young people were the key drivers of decision making?
Stories from our youth
Programs by the youth rep
For the Future Podcast
A podcast by young people, for young people. For the Future is a podcast by the Australian Youth Representative in conjunction with the youth of Australia, and aims to inspire, empower and educate listeners through the exploration of issues raised as most important to young Australians. Get ready for season 2 launching soon!
Youth Spotlight Program
In 2021, we want to work with you, the youth of Australia, to create local, community-level change based on the issues you deem the most important. The Youth Spotlight program is an opportunity to work with a dedicated national team to share a specific community (or national level!) issue through video (multimedia) storytelling.
Lucy Stronach is the current Australian Youth Representative to the United Nations.
Throughout 2021, Lucy is touring Australia to identify the concerns, needs and experiences of diverse and underrepresented young people before reporting to the Australian Government and United Nations General Assembly.
A graduate of studies in Criminology, Law, and Security, Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism, Lucy is a passionate advocate for youth justice in both the domestic and international spheres.
Her work has taken her to the streets of Mumbai to fight for the empowerment of sex workers, to juvenile prisons in San Diego to aid young offenders, and to the UNDP in Bangkok to work with youth leaders in the promotion of human rights and justice.
Before assuming her role as the Youth Rep, Lucy worked across the Indo-Pacific as the Sri Lankan Fellow for DFAT’s New Colombo Plan Scholarship. Part of her program included working in Vietnam to combat the abuse of street children and rehabilitate victims of human trafficking, and after working at Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Defence, Lucy was named a contributing International Research Fellow where she helped formulate the nation’s first public defence strategy.
In 2021, Lucy was named one of YAIA’s ‘Young Women to Watch in International Affairs’ and continues to work in her key-interest areas of Indigenous justice, gender-based crime prevention, penology, and evidence-based practice.
Need to contact Lucy, the Program or UN Youth Australia? Fill in a contact request form and our team will be back in touch with you!
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Contacting about a consultation
If you wish to organise a consultation, please refer to this page and form here.