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The 2023 Report

The Australian Youth Representative Report for 2023 seeks to expand on these perspectives, and highlight the issues that youth in the country are concerned about with the depth that their thoughts require.

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2019 Report

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Posting at the United Nations

In September, the Australian Youth Representative travels to New York to represent Australia’s young people at the United Nations as a member of the Australian Permanent Mission to the UN. While in New York, the Australian Youth Representative represents the views of both the Australian Mission and Australia’s young people to the international community.

Culminating in a speech to the 3rd Committee of the General Assembly of the United Nations, the Australian Youth Representative’s stay in New York involves negotiating with Youth Representatives from other countries, and helping to inform the debate around topical issues from the youth perspective.

Our Australian Youth Representative for 2023

Gavin Choong is the Australian Youth Representative to the United Nations for 2024. He is a youth and human rights advocate, with experience working in First Nations affairs, climate justice, refugee rights, and international development. Gavin is currently in the final year of his Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Biomedical Science at Monash University. He is passionate about amplifying minority voices, promoting awareness of the diverse challenges faced by marginalised communities, and supporting tangible initiatives which tackle these issues. 

Gavin is currently a member of Amnesty International’s Global Youth Collective, playing an important role as a spokesperson on youth issues and raising youth perspectives both internally and externally. Through his work with Amnesty International, Gavin has advocated for stronger digital rights protection for children and youth, as well as greater participation of young people in leadership more broadly. Most recently, as a scholarship recipient of the New Colombo Plan under the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Gavin completed an exchange program at the University of Hong Kong to strengthen Australia’s regional engagement in the Indo-Pacific.

Gavin has been recognised as a Top 100 Future Leader by the Australian Financial Review, and was named on the ‘40 under 40 Most Influential Asian-Australians’ in 2023. As a migrant to Australia, Gavin understands that not all young Australians have the same opportunities to have their voices heard. As an multicultural advisor and ambassador, Gavin aims to work with diverse communities during his terms as the Youth Representative, as well as empower these young people to tell their stories.

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