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Youth Parliament Participant Information

Key Dates for #YP2023

  • Presentation of Bills: Monday 26 September 2022 
  • Applications open: Wednesday 14 September 2022
  • Applications close: Friday 17 February 2023 at 5pm
  • Acceptance emails: Monday 20 February 2023
  • Online Introduction to Youth Parliament commences: Monday 27 March 2023
  • Youth Parliament Training Camp: Monday 17 April to Wednesday 19 April 2023
  • Youth Parliament Residential Camp: Sunday 9 July to Saturday 15 July 2023

Complete the YP2023 Registration Form

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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.


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 20 February 2023 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 $750.

Can I get assistance with paying the program participant fee?

Yes! We encourage all successful applicants to reach out to their school or local Member of Parliament to see if they can either partially or fully sponsor you.  

If you are unsuccessful in exploring this option, you are welcome to reach out to the Youth Parliament Program Coordinator to discuss further options. This may be in the form of a payment plan that best suits your situation.

We understand that the participant program fee is a substantial cost, and we do not want this to deter you from applying as a participant.

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

Can Youth Parliament sign-off on my Duke of Edinburgh?

Yes, our Youth Parliament Program Coordinator can sign off on the Training and Residential camps at the end of the program. We will not sign off on any Duke of Edinburgh forms before this time.

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, there is a cooling-off period that enables you to withdraw your position as a participant, which is before Sunday, 9 April 2023. If you cancel after this period, you will not be eligible to receive a refund. 

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 are unable to attend in person and you 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.

Do you have any scholarships available?

Yes, the Y NSW are offering two First Nations young people a full scholarship to cover expenses to represent their electorate at Youth Parliament. 

For more information, you can download the YP2023 Participant Application Pack.


  • Scholarship applications close Friday 17 February 2023
  • Successful applicants will be notified on Monday 20 February 2023

Eligibility Criteria

  • You identify as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person, who is aged between 16-18 years of age an currently in years 10,11 or 12 at high school.
  • You have not participated in Youth Parliament before. 
  • Although not an essential requirement, applications from rural and regional NSW will be prioritised. 

Total value

  • Program fee to the total of $750 
  • The value of the sponsorship will cover your program cost. It is up to the successful applicant to make their own way to and from the camp. 
  • If you will be travelling from a regional or rural location, please reach out to the Y NSW for assistance. 

Apply for a First Nations Scholarship

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