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Youth Parliamentarian FAQs

What will I do as a Youth Parliamentarian?

Click on the infographic to find out more about the key steps of Youth Parliament; these include:
  1. Application and selection
  2. Training camp
  3. Residential camp
  4. Presentation of your Youth Bill
  5. Becoming a YP Alumni

Discover more in our Youth Parliament Information Pack.

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I have applied to be a participant, when will I know if I have been successful in my application?

All applicants will be notified by Monday 24 February 2024 via email. Please make sure to check your spam/junk folder just in case. 

What happens if my application for YP is unsuccessful?

Please do not be discouraged if your application for YP is unsuccessful. You will be placed on a waiting list in case a Youth Parliamentarian withdraws from their position in the program.

Applicants on our waitlist will be contacted if an appropriate place becomes available.

What is the program fee for participants?

The participant program fee is $1400.

What does the cost cover?

  • Three-day training camp in April including accommodation, food and beverages, recreational activities and workshops by industry experts on parliamentary processes and leadership skills.
  • Online group sessions in committees working on youth bills supported by Taskforce and mentors.
  • Mentorship program with an industry professional, working closely with their committee.
  • Potential networking opportunities with MPs, industry professionals and Y Staff where possible.
  • Roundtable discussions with MPs and other relevant stakeholders for committees to share youth bills and ideas where possible.
  • Access to Youth Voice Network newsletter.
  • Joining Youth Parliament Alumni with members across 20 years of YP.   
  • Opportunity to return as a Volunteer Taskforce member after one year out of the program.

Residential camp includes;

  • Five days of accommodation in July, transport to and from Parliament House, food and beverages.
    personal and professional development workshops and recreational activities.
  • Three days of program at Parliament House of NSW, inclusive of Opening and Closing ceremonies, mock debates and opportunities to meet MPs where possible


Can I fundraise to cover my participation fee?

Yes! All Youth Parliament participants will be given a YP Fundraising Kit with guidance on how to fundraise your community, including info on how to ask your local MP to sponsor you.

Fundraising is an awesome opportunity to get out into your community and connect with people who would love to support you as a future leader.

Are there sponsorships to cover the program cost?

The Y welcomes people from diverse backgrounds to apply for the program. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, culturally and linguistically diverse individuals, people living with a disability, individuals who identify as LGBTQIA+, and those experiencing financial hardship are eligible to apply for sponsorship to support them with the cost of the program.

Feel free to contact the Youth Voice Team for a confidential discussion about your options -

Can I participate in the program as either a participant or volunteer if I am from a regional/remote area?

Yes! Of course, we would love to have you participate in Youth Parliament. We encourage young people from regional, rural and remote areas to apply. If you are living in a rural or remote area, you could be eligible for our Sponsorship Program.

Please note that travel to and from Sydney for the camps is not covered by the program fee.

If you have any more questions, please get in touch with our Youth Parliament Coordinator directly via email at

What kind of support is available at the camps?

The Y NSW Youth and Community team will be at camp as dedicated Wellbeing Officers – trained youth workers – they will be providing supervision and support at all times at camps.

  • The YP Taskforce will support their learning and participation in the program.
  • Disability Inclusion officer will work closely with young people who have access and support needs.
  • First Aid and Mental Health First Aid Officers will be present at all times during camp.

I am a successful applicant, do both camps (in the April and July school holidays) have mandatory attendance?

Yes, both camps have mandatory attendance. If you cannot attend in person and have not communicated this to the Youth Parliament Program Coordinator before camp begins, you may be removed from the program.

Participants must remain on location for Training and Residential Camp at all times. Passouts are not permitted unless there's a medical or family emergency.

I am a successful applicant, but I need to withdraw from my position in the program. How do I do this?

We understand that commitments can change. Therefore, a cooling-off period enables you to withdraw your position as a participant, which is before Monday, 8 April 2024.

If you cancel after this period, you will not be eligible to receive a refund. 

Nominating a Young Person FAQ

I've heard about nominating a young person for Youth Parliament, what's it all about?

The Y’s influential Youth Parliament program educates NSW’s young people about the parliamentary process, enabling them to actively engage in public policy by creating and debating bills. Every participant’s potential to lead, learn and connect is nurtured through parliamentary education, community engagement, confidence building and teamwork.

Nominating a Youth Parliamentarian is a rewarding experience and a powerful way for you to engage with young people's ideas in your school and electorate and more broadly in NSW. 

Youth Parliament is always on the lookout for passionate and inspired young people! We welcome any nominations made by schools and/or Members of the NSW Parliament. 

I am a NSW school teacher or Member of Parliament, can I nominate a young person to be Youth Parliamentarian?

Yes! You are welcome to nominate as many young people as possible in years 10-12 (or age equivalent). 

You can nominate a young person by supporting them to complete the YP Application Form and writing them a support letter for them to upload.

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What is the program fee?

The participant program fee is $1400. We highly encourage that if you have capacity to sponsor a participant from your school or electorate, or support their fundraising campaign – it would support this young person tremendously.

I know of a young person aged between 18-25 years, can I nominate them to be a part of the program?

Yes! For young people aged 18 years and over, you can refer them to the program as a volunteer.

Apply to be a YP Volunteer!

I am a local Member of Parliament and I'd like to meet the Youth Parliamentarian representing my electorate – is this possible?

Yes, please reach out to our program coordinator via email at and we can hopefully make this a reality! 

How can I be a part of the Youth Parliament program?

There are so many ways to be a part of program!  You can support a participant financially by becoming a Sponsor or you can be a part of our Youth Sitting Week. Feel free to contact our Program coordinator to discuss how you can be involved. 

Please reach out to our program coordinator via email at

Youth Parliament

What is Youth Parliament?

Youth Parliament is the Y NSW’s flagship youth leadership and engagement program and has been operating for 20 years in NSW. The program provides high school-age students with the opportunity to engage with civic leadership, policy development, and democratic parliamentary debate.  

Who can participate in Youth Parliament?

Young people in years 10, 11 and 12 in NSW can register to participate in Youth Parliament. 

Young people who have left school, aged 18-25, can volunteer to be a Taskie! 

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