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2019 Australian Youth Representative Consultation Report

In 2019, The Australian Youth Representative to the UN, Kareem El- Ansary,  and his team conducted the nation’s largest face-to-face consultation of young Australians. The objective was to identify and better understand the issues that are of most concern to young people across the country.

Over a 7-month period, Kareem travelled over 100,000km, visited 56 towns and cities in every state and territory and met thousands of young people from every corner of Australia.

From our urban hearts to our remote communities and everywhere in between, young Australians made their voices heard.

This report is the product of thousands of conversations with those young people. In it, you will find stories, case studies, photos and artworks from 233 consultations across the country. 

CLICK HERE TO READ THE 2019 YOUTH REPRESENTATIVE CONSULTATION REPORT

Watch Kareem touch on the 2019 Listening Tour below.

Impact

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

100,000+ young people consulted with across the program’s history.
21 Annual Statements to the United Nations across as many years of the program.
150+ meetings organised by the Youth Rep team and young people since the 2016 federal election.
10 simple recommendations for policymakers in the 2019 YOUTH REP REPORT.

What is the Youth Rep?

The Youth Representative to the United Nations program, first established in 1999, 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.

CLICK HERE TO READ THE 2019 YOUTH REPRESENTATIVE CONSULTATION REPORT

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Stories from the Listening Tour