Canberra is a city with a young population. While the proportion of young people in Canberra is forecast to continue to decrease, Canberra will continue to have a higher proportion of young people than the national average. 2001 ABS data indicates that 21.9% of the population in the ACT are aged 12-25 years (74,371) compared with 19.3% nationally (Youth (12-25yrs) (ACT & Australian data: 2001 Census))
The Child and Youth Protection Services bring together a range of services and functions with the aim of developing integrated policies and programs for children, young people, their families and carers. To provide support for young people Child and Youth Protection Services funds and works in partnership with a number of services that work with young people from community organisations that include youth centres, youth support, youth development and youth representative services.
The ACT Young People’s Plan 2009-2014 aimed to ensure that Canberra is a child and youth friendly city that supports all young people to reach their full potential, make valuable contributions and share the benefits of our community. The ACT Young People’s Plan Final Report provides an overview of key achievements undertaken by the ACT Government between 2009 and 2014, which contributed to improved outcomes for young people. The report focuses on achievements and progress undertaken in the five priority areas of the ACT Young People’s Plan:
- Health, wellbeing and support
- Families and communities
- Participation and access
- Pathways and transitions
- Environment and sustainability.
Strengthening Opportunities for All Young People is the ACT Government's vision for young people to be achieved through the recognition of diversity, disadvantage, young people’s families and natural communities and through the development of partnerships.
The purpose of the Young People’s Plan is to provide a flexible and responsive context for government agencies, community organisations, the ACT community and young people to support improved outcomes for young people and address changing needs and emerging priorities over the period 2004-2008.
The Young People’s Plan provides a policy context for public sector agencies when developing policy advice and initiatives relating to young people. It is also intended to be used by individuals, groups and organisations that work at all levels with young people and on issues affecting young people.
Youth InterACT is the ACT Government youth participation strategy which encourages participation by young people in the community and to provide opportunities for young people to contribute to discussions on youth issues, to participate in Government policies and programs on matters concerning young people. This includes advising the Minister for Children and Young People, on the issues and concerns of young people in the ACT.
Youth InterACT comprises:
- Youth Consultation;
- Youth Advisory Council www.facebook.com/ACT-Youth-Advisory-Council ;
- Annual Youth InterACT Conference;
- The Young Canberra Citizen of the Year Awards;
- Youth InterACT website www.youth.act.gov.au www.facebook.com/youthinteract ;
- Youth InterACT Grants; and
- Youth InterACT Scholarships.
To find out more, visit www.youth.act.gov.au or contact 6205 0632.
Youth interACT Grants and Scholarships
Applications have closed.
The Youth InterACT Grants aim to provide young people aged 12 to 25 years of age, with funding to organise projects, events, activities and programs that benefit other young people in the ACT. Funding amounts up to $1,500 for each project are available.
Youth InterACT Grants can be provided for:
- Projects which encourage young people to get involved in their local community and develop skills;
- Innovative, creative ideas, which provide safe, smoke, alcohol and drug free entertainment and recreational opportunities for young people in the ACT;
- Projects which involve young people at all levels of organisation and operation;
- Projects which are supported by and involve the local community; or
- Organisations that can support the projects identified and led by young people.