What is the Youth Rep?

The Youth Representative to the United Nations program, which has just completed its 20th year, is the only role of its kind in Australia. Appointed annually by UN Youth Australia and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Youth Representative holds an extensive, nationwide consultation to engage with and discover the issues most important to young Australians.

Known as the Listening Tour, this consultation process sees the Youth Representative meet not only with young people, but also with prominent members of the Australian community. This includes MPs, NGO leaders and those involved in the youth and education sectors.

In September, the Youth Representative travels to New York to represent Australian youth at the United Nations, as a member of the Official Australian Delegation to the UN. There, the Youth Representative delivers a speech on their findings during the Listening Tour. Upon their return to Australia, they deliver a report to state and federal governments on the year’s consultations.


The Youth Representative program has had a unique impact in Australia.

100,000+ young people consulted with across the program’s history.
20 Annual Statements to the United Nations across as many years of the program.
100+ meetings organised by the Youth Rep team and young people since the 2016 federal election.
8 simple recommendations for policymakers in the last Youth Rep Report.

Stories from the Listening Tour

The Youth Rep Blog