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New grants to help young Canberrans InterACT with the community

The ACT Government has awarded over $24,000 in grants for young Canberrans and the organisation that support them.

Grant Recipients

As National Youth Week concludes, 19 projects involving young people aged between 12 and 25 have been awarded Youth InterACT Grants.

Recipients will receive up to $1,500 to deliver projects that support young Canberrans to actively contribute to and connect with the community.

This year’s grants were required to incorporate themes highlighted at the Social Inclusion: Thinking All Round Youth Think Tank held in August last year, including:

  • Inclusive environments and places for young people to gather
  • Addressing youthism and discrimination against young people
  • Gender, sexual diversity and inclusivity
  • Cultural cohesion through creating inclusive spaces for all

Projects receiving funding include a youth cooking competition, an event celebrating Pacific Island culture, workshops creating art from recycled materials and a social inclusion initiative for LGBTIQ youth. The diverse and innovative ideas submitted for this round of Youth InterACT Grants are a testament to the promise and potential of young Canberrans.

For more information please contact Youth InterACT at or 62072452


What is Youth InterACT?

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 Multicultural and Youth Affairs, on the issues and concerns of young people in the ACT.

The initiative comprises:

Youth InterACT aims:

To actively involve young people in decision making processes about topical issues that affect and interest young people.

To engage young people in meaningful ways in all areas of life at an individual, organisational and community level and ensures they have a voice within the government;

To ensure young people experience elements of citizenship and democracy in their everyday lives, in realistic and holistic situations, with meaningful outcomes and actions resulting from this participation, and

To provide funding to young people who wish to attend an activity of a learning capacity, conferences, personal or career development, or wish to put on an event or run a project for young people in the ACT.

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The Office of Youth Engagement in the Community Participation Group (CPG) administers Youth InterACT.

Youth Engagement is a part of the Community Services Directorate.

For further information contact Youth InterACT on (02) 6205 3064.


Youth Consultation

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For further information contact Youth InterACT on or (02) 6205 3064

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Youth Think Tank - Social Inclusion: Thinking All Round

The Social Inclusion: Thinking All Round Youth Think Tank was held on Saturday 20 August at the National Convention Centre from 9am to 4pm and included:

  • Participation in four think tanks
  • Prizes! Samsung tablets, iTunes cards and Hoyts movie tickets as prizes.
  • FUN activities - gladiator challenge, horizontal bungee
  • Free Food
  • DJ playing over lunch
  • PCYC Gaming van

The Social Inclusion: Thinking All Round Youth Think Tank provided an opportunity for young people to come together and discuss the concept of social inclusion through the following four focus areas: Cultural Cohesion, Inclusive Environments, Sexual Diversity and Youthism.

Each Thank Tank explored focus areas in depth, discussing how the community currently creates the opportunity for young people to feel socially included and how individuals can be better equipped to contribute to an inclusive and cohesive community.

Creating the space for local young people to talk about their experiences and generate solutions is essential to creating an inclusive community. The Think Tank provided a platform for young people to discuss issues, strengthening community resilience and harmony and creating a safer community for all.

For more information please contact Youth InterACT at or 62072452.


OPEN | Youth InterACT Scholarships

Applications are open.

Application [PDF 179KB] [Word 95.3KB]

Youth interACT Scholarships

The Youth InterACT Scholarships provide funding of up to $500 for individual young people aged 12 to 25 who wish to attend an activity of a learning capacity, sporting, conferences, personal or career development through participation in various activities, events or courses.

Applications are assessed by a Scholarship Committee in the last two weeks of every month. This excludes the period of Friday, 15 December to Monday, 15 January, where applications will not be accepted or assessed.

Applications will need to be received by the 14th of each month, to be considered in that month’s round. Applications received on the 15th or later of a given month, will be considered in the next month’s round.

For further information contact (02) 6207 0310.



CLOSED | Youth InterACT Grants

Applications are now closed.

Further information about the Youth InterACT please contact the team during business hours on (02) 6207 0310 or email

2016-2017 Recipients


OPEN | 2018 ACT Youth Week Grants

2018 ACT Youth Week grants are now open.


The youth Engagement Team within the Community Services Directorate (CSD) is pleased to announce the 2018 ACT Youth Week Grants. These Grants are a component of the ACT Government’s Youth InterACT initiative. The ACT Youth Week Grants promote youth participation and encourage young people to develop, implement and facilitate youth focused projects in the ACT community during ACT Youth Week.

ACT Youth Week (formerly National Youth Week) is a week-long celebration of young people (aged 12 - 25 years). The 2018 ACT Youth Week will be held from Friday, 13 April to Sunday, 22 April 2018.

The 2018 ACT Youth Week 2018 Grants are available to assist groups of young people organise events for other young people. These Grants provide funding for innovative new projects to young people aged 12 – 25 years old to lead and participate in community development activities targeting other young people in Canberra and the region.

There are many ways that an activity, event or project could be facilitated. For instance through:

  • Building supportive connections between community members using sport, recreation, cultural and creative activities and events;
  • Organising and running events;
  • Increasing opportunities for young people to participate in local community events, activities and youth related causes;
  • Recognising the contribution that young people make to their local communities; and
  • Increasing opportunities for young people through the development of leadership skills, project management skills, networking encounters plus team work, communication and decision-making skills.

Grants Round Closes 19 January 2018

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Congratulations to the 2017 winners.

The Young Canberra Citizen of the Year Awards is an annual celebration that was established in 1989. The Awards recognise individuals and groups of young people aged between 12 and 25 years who have made a significant contribution through their personal endeavours, or who have been actively involved in the ACT community across the following six categories. The 2017 winners are listed below in brackets.

  • Young Canberra Citizen of the Year Award (Mustafa Ehsan)
  • Environment and Sustainability Award (Ryu Callaway)
  • Personal Achievement Award (Caitlin Figueiredo)
  • Individual Community Service Award (Kate Barton)
  • Group Achievement Award (SPARK: The Ginninderry Joint Venture Training and Employment Initiative)
  • Arts and Multimedia Award (Lucy Sugerman)

The Awards are supported by generous sponsors, with Beyond Bank Australia as the major sponsor providing $2,000 prize money for the 2017 Young Canberra Citizen of the Year.

Other category sponsors include Riverview Group, QT, Anglicare ACT, Australian Catholic University, Youth Advisory Council and the University of Canberra, who all contribute $1,000 to each category winner.

For further information or support submitting a nomination, please contact the Youth InterACT Team on or (02) 62072452.


Youth Advisory Council

The Youth Advisory Council (YAC) provides young people aged between 12 and 25 years with an opportunity to take a leading role in participation and consultation activities on issues that affect their lives; raise awareness of the aspirations, needs and concerns of young people within government and the community; and facilitate interaction between young people, the ACT Government and the wider community.

The YAC provides advice on youth issues to the Minister, giving young people a voice in the ACT Government.

The YAC is made up of 15 members who are all young people aged between 12 and 25 years (inclusive) at the time of their appointment. Membership of the YAC reflects the diversity of young people residing in the ACT, including a gender balance, disabilities and representation from Indigenous and culturally linguistically and diverse backgrounds.

The members conduct a number of consultation processes including think tanks, open meetings, face-to-face consultation and youth surveys. Council members also participate on other committees, working parties, taskforce and other Government agencies.

The term of the current Youth Advisory Council is two years from appointment.

Youth Advisory Council Terms of Reference

For further information contact the YAC Secretariat on

Nominations are now Closed

Applications closed on Friday 8 December 2017.


Publications and Reports

If you require information on publications or reports please contact Youth InterACT on (02)6205 3064 or by email at

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