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2021 Listening Tour

Lucy Stronach as the Australian Youth Representative to the UN 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.

What is the Listening Tour?

Getting involved with a consultation!

Lucy Stronach as the Australian Youth Representative to the United Nations listens to the youth of Australia through consultations during the Listening Tour. These consultations can be held anywhere, typically from youth and council conferences, school visits, UN Youth Australia events, Juvenile Justice centres and an expansive range more.

Lucy is determined to increase the reach of the Program to engage with a more diverse range of young Australians than ever before. She’s also committed to identifying the solutions young people wish to see implemented to the issues we face by exploring evidence-based practice and policy.

Hold a consultation!

We encourage you to reach out to us to hold a consultation at your organisation/institution! We have a dedicated team in each State and Territory committed to organising these consultations – we simply just need you to reach out and let us know! There is no fee attached, and consultations involve interactive activities and group discussion. These consultations, including these interactive components, will be included in the formal data collection for the Listening Tour. You can find out more information by accessing our Information Pack.

Please reach out to us to hold a consultation through this form or by clicking the button below!

Attend a consultation! (COMING SOON)

If you are a young person and wish to attend a consultation, some councils and youth groups, as well as the Program, will have open consults throughout the year!

These opportunities are fantastic if you simply want to join and participate but don’t know how. While we encourage you to come along, we also encourage you to recommend to your council, school or community organisers to request to hold a consultation! This will mean both yourself and other young people around get an opportunity to participate. But for now, check out and see if any open consultations are open near you!

Frequently asked questions

There is no fee attached to the Youth Representative Program and consultations. As the entire Program is grassroots and funded by the community, financial or in-kind donations are always greatly appreciated to ensure Lucy can reach as many diverse young people as possible.

A consultation can last anywhere from 45 minutes upwards. Typically, a traditional consultation will last for 120 minutes to ensure enough time for Lucy and the participants to really explore key issues and themes raised. The timing of a consultation is flexible and can be discussed further with Lucy and her team.

We are happy to engage with any number of young people at a time. Whilst a group of 15 to 40 participants means that we can be more interactive and participatory, Lucy is also happy to work with larger groups if this is what you would prefer.

No! Youth Representative consultations are open to any NGOs, schools, universities or other groups that work with young people. As long as the participants are under the age of 25, we can organise a consultation.

Sometimes, schools and organisations have a specific group of students in mind for our consultations, such as an SRC or youth group. However, we believe that all young people should be able to access our consultations, regardless of their previous exposure to the kinds of topics we discuss in the consultation. As such, we are happy to work with any young people under the age of 25.

Our primary target in the Australian Youth Representative Program is young people aged between 12 to 25. let us known if you have younger students who may like to also participate.

Absolutely! Young people can complete the Youth Representative survey online, which is accessible here. Time permitting, students will complete this survey during the consultations. In 2020, Lucy and the Australian Youth Representative team also launched a new podcast series, For the Future, which features the stories of young Australians. The team are constantly working to identify young people who can feature on the show.

Coming soon is the Youth Spotlight Program, an initiative that aims to work with youth to highlight specific issues.

There is a big team behind the Australian Youth Representative Program all working hard to empower the youth of Australia. We understand you may have a generic or specific enquiry. To ensure your enquiry reaches the appropriate person or team, we kindly ask you to submit it through this form below. Your enquiry will be responded to within 24 to 48 hours.

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Media Enquiries
For media enquiries, please contact Chief Communications Officer, Igor Andonov, at communications@unyouth.org.au or at +61 478 668 018.