Policy and Advocacy

Part of YACWAs core function is to connect young people, and the workforce that supports young people to decision making that affects them. As part of this, YACWA aims to ensure that decisions made by federal, state, and local governments include the ideas, wants, and needs of young people and the workforce that supports them. To achieve this, YACWA activates its membership to consult and gather opinions to reflect in these important discussions.

This plays out primarily through three areas of work:

  • through sitting on various committees and providing feedback to relevant decision makers on behalf of members;
  • by supporting and generating advocacy campaigns around specific issues of importance to members, and;
  • through providing formal submissions to decision makers that reflect the views of our members.

YACWA continues to fight for the views of our members and young people, to ensure they are well represented on issues affecting them.

This involves:

  • Government responses
  • Consultations
  • Representing members at meetings
  • National influence


Below is a list of current policy committees and advocacy campaigns that YACWA is involved in.  See the Submissions section for formal submissions.


  • Aboriginal Youth Services
  • Investment Reform
  • Youth Educating Peers
  • Music Feedback
  • Multicultural Youth Advocacy Network (MYAN WA)
  • Home Is Where My Heart Is
  • Catalyst Youth Summit
  • Youth in Community Services
  • Federal Budget Review 2016
  • Hong Kong Youth Exchange
  • Youth Homelessness Matters Day
  • Shout Out
  • Pl!ng
  • The YEP Project
  • Roofs for Youths
  • Suicide Prevention


  • WA Peaks Forum
  • Multicultural Youth Advocacy Network WA
  • Executive Group
  • North East Youth Organisations Network
  • Youth Health Policy Forum
  • Aboriginal Youth Services Investment Reforms Implementation Leadership Group
  • Aboriginal Youth Services Investment Reforms Working groups
  • Housing Authority Round Table
  • Youth Mental Health Sub Network
  • Youth Partnership Project Executive Committee
  • Mirrabooka Regional Manager’s Forum
  • Geraldton Regional Manager’s Forum
  • North Metro Local Government Coordination Group
  • Armadale Youth Network
  • Joondalup and Wanneroo Youth Services Agency Network for Youth
  • CDC Youth Working party
  • Commissioner for Children and Young People CALD Project Reference Group
  • Department for Health Youth Mental Health Sub-Network
  • Youth At-Risk Network
  • Youth Mental Health Week Steering Committee
  • Youth Health Policy Working Group
  • Siren Network
  • Kalgoorlie Youth Advisory Committee
  • Cockburn Melville Fremantle Interagency Youth Forum
  • Kwinana Rockingham Service Network
  • WACOSS Children’s Policy Advisory Committee


  • Speak Out for Change Youth Summit 2015
  • Australian Association for Adolescent Health Conference 2015
  • WACOSS Conference 2016
  • Western Australian Mental Health Conference 2016
  • The 6th University Scholars Leadership Symposium 2015


  • Australian Youth Affairs Coalition
  • Australian Council of Social Services
  • Australian Institute of Management
  • Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Family Planning Western Australia
  • Western Australian Council of Social Services
  • Community Employers of Western Australia