Young people make significant contributions to society. Their issues and interests are important and they have the most to gain when it comes to most policy reforms. AYAC is committed to seeing young people have access to mechanisms that allow them to be directly engaged in decisions about issues that affect their rights and interests, and on which they have opinions. When it comes to youth participation and political engagement, young people are energetic and active.

AYAC believes that…

  • Youth participation in Australia’s public policy debates is vital to the future of our democracy and young people need to be supported to make their important contribution.
  • Genuine public policy debates are essential if young people are to be political engaged on issues of concern.
  • Governments and political organisations should engage young people more meaningfully in all formal political processes and design consultation mechanisms that are suited to young people.

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