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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, over half a dozen 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!

Program Cost

The cost for participants is $700. This includes two camps and sitting days in Parliament House. We encourage young people experiencing financial difficulty to contact their local Member of Parliament or Council for support. Alternatively, you can contact our team for help finding support.

Participate in the Youth Parliament Program

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.

Taskforce applications for Youth Parliament 2018 have now closed.
Keep an eye out for Youth Parliament 2019!

Express interest in volunteering for Youth Parliament

Key Dates for YMCA NSW Youth Parliament 2018

Applications open for Taskies – 1 November 2017 
Applications close for Taskies – 30 November 2017
Taskie team finalised – 24 December 2017
Applications open for participants – 15 January 2018
Applications close for participants – 15 February 2018
Participants notified about their applications – 9 March 2018 
Training Camp – 18-20 April 2018 (17-20 April 2018 for Taskies)
Residential Camp – 15-20 July 2018
NSW Parliament sitting days – 16-17 and 19-20 July 2018

For more information contact our Youth Parliament Coordinator on

The program relies heavily on volunteers and donations for support. 

  • $2,316 supports one young person (including two camps and attendance at Parliament House)
  • $2,500 supports one rural young person (including two camps, attendance at Parliament House and transport)

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