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Youth Parliament

YMCA NSW Youth Parliament is an empowerment and advocacy program that provides a platform for young people to have their voices heard through legislative debate and decision making.

Aimed at young people in years 10, 11 and 12 or equivalent age throughout the state, YMCA NSW Youth Parliament highlights the power of young people speaking on issues that are important to them.

Every participant’s potential to lead, learn and connect is nurtured through parliamentary education, community engagement, confidence building and teamwork. They develop their skills in creating social impact and positive change in a safe and supportive environment.

Since its beginning in 2002, approximately six pieces of YMCA NSW Youth Parliament youth legislation have been passed into NSW Law, including the recent Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme.

Become a Youth Parliamentarian

If you are a young person who wants to explore creative solutions to the problems you believe are facing NSW and debate those ideas in NSW Parliament House in front of real Members of Parliament, apply to be a participant now!

Key Dates

  • Applications Open – 28 October 2019
  • Applications Close – 20 December 2019
  • Acceptance Emails – 22 January 2020
  • Youth Parliament Training Camp – 16-19 April 2020
  • Youth Parliament Residential Camp – 11-18 July 2020

Member of Parliament (MP) nominations have officially opened for the 2020 program. We encourage young people wishing to participate to get in touch with their local MP to be nominated to secure your place in the program. Each MP has been provided with guidelines to finding the perfect applicant to represent their electorate.

Program Cost

YMCA NSW absorbs many of the costs associated with the program in an attempt to make it as accessible as possible. However, there is an associated fee. If you are unable to pay for the program, YMCA staff can support you to find financial assistance or work out a payment plan.

The 2020 program fee will be $750.

Apply now to participate in the Youth Parliament Program 2020

Become a Taskie

YMCA NSW Youth Parliament is run by young people, for young people. 

The program is created, implemented and supported by a group of volunteers aged 18-24. The Taskforce (Taskies) are the lifeblood of Youth Parliament. 

By joining YMCA NSW Youth Parliament as a Taskie you can make a difference to the lives of other young people throughout NSW while developing your skills and gaining experience in program development and facilitation. Leadership, welfare and parliamentary training are all provided.

The Taskforce is open to young people of all backgrounds, experiences and skills.

Express interest in volunteering for Youth Parliament

For more information contact our Youth Parliament Coordinator on


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