Creating a New Normal for Young People in WA: YACWA’S 2021 State Election Priorities

Given that the WA State election is fast approaching on Saturday March 13, we wanted to highlight a number of key issues that young people are facing, to ensure that the community keeps them in mind when heading to the polls.

Throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic the lives and livelihoods of Western Australians, especially young people and young people facing pre-existing disadvantage have been severely disrupted. However, COVID-19 did not cause many of the issues young people face, but rather unveiled and exacerbated issues that already existed. Young people have felt disillusioned and disregarded for a long time.

With that in mind, we hope that you will join us in calling on all political parties to commit to long-term action and bold investment with a vision for creating a better Western Australia for current and future generations of young people.

We’ve all been impacted by COVID-19, and we’re all in this together; so let’s work with each other to make our community a better place.

Our Recommendations for Change

The following links contain a number of our previous policy works which further outline our recommendations for Western Australia’s recovery from COVID-19 as well as our vision for action from whoever is elected on March 13: 

YACWA COVID-19 Recovery Framework

YACWA 2020 State Budget Analysis

COVID-19 Lived Experience Papers and Recommendations for Change

 Key Political Party Election Promises: 

The following are links to websites collating the election promises made by the key political parties this state election: 

ABC Policy Guide to the 2021 State Election

ABC 2021 State Election Political Parties’ Overview 

Unlock Housing guide to election commitments that relate to affordable housing and homelessness

Unlock Housing Housing and Homelessness Election Scorecard

Prevent Support Heal Election Mental Health Scorecard

WACOSS Election 2021 Scorecard

Social Reinvestment WA Election Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Justice Scorecard