What is the Youth Rep?

The Youth Representative to the United Nations program, first established in 1999, is the only role of its kind in Australia. Appointed annually by UN Youth Australia and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Youth Representative holds an extensive, nationwide consultation to engage with and discover the issues most important to young Australians.

Known as the Listening Tour, this consultation process sees the Youth Representative meet not only with young people, but also with prominent members of the Australian community. This includes MPs, NGO leaders and those involved in the youth and education sectors.

In September, the Youth Representative travels to New York to represent Australian youth at the United Nations, as a member of the Official Australian Delegation to the UN. There, the Youth Representative delivers a speech on their findings during the Listening Tour. Upon their return to Australia, they deliver a report to state and federal governments on the year’s consultations.


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The Youth Representative program has had a unique impact in Australia.

100,000+ young people consulted with across the program’s history.
21 Annual Statements to the United Nations across as many years of the program.
150+ meetings organised by the Youth Rep team and young people since the 2016 federal election.
10 simple recommendations for policymakers in the 2019 YOUTH REP REPORT.

Racism in the eyes of Young Australians

16 June, 2020

Racism was the most raised issue among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people in the 2019 UN Youth Representative Listening Tour, with 64 percent of respondents selecting it compared with 58 percent of non-Indigenous respondents. In consultations, young people spoke of frequent experiences with structural and systemic racism. One young person spoke of being […]


2018 Youth Rep Report Referenced in SA Government Youth Policy

15 May, 2020

Our 2018 Youth Representative to the United Nations Amos Washington has had his consultation report referenced in the South Australian Government’s Youth Action Plan. The SA Government’s plan outlines the state’s vision for “A South Australia that is safe, inclusive and sustainable for all young people, now and into the future” and outlines a number […]

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