Over the last 12 months, tens of thousands of voices were added to Australia’s largest face-to-face consultation of young people ever, which was conducted by Paige Burton, Australia’s Youth Representative to the United Nations. But the year’s coming to a close – and we’re looking for the next Youth Representative for 2018. Apply now to represent the voices of young Australians at the United Nations and beyond.

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Paige's Vision

As the 2017 Australian Youth Representative to the UN Paige is determined to increase the reach of the role to engage with more young Australians than ever before. Paige hopes to meet with young people from all walks of life, and leave groups with which she consults empowered to take action and make change in their own communities, across the nation, and on the international stage.

Under the guidance of Paige, the 2017 Youth Representative program will connect young people all across the country regardless of their experience to opportunities to create change

Paige's Story

Paige is passionate about the role young people play in affecting change in international affairs, and educating their peers. Workshop development, facilitation, and project management are her favourite things to work on.

Paige has been working closely with young people since 2012, facilitating school visits, conferences, competitions, and educational tours to Timor L’Este and the Middle East. Since 2014, Paige has worked at the Centre for Australian Progress, an organisation dedicated to building the advocacy capacity of civil society.

In 2015 and 2016, Paige was recognised for her work by Pro Bono Australia as the youngest ever recipient of the ‘Impact 25: The 25 Most Influential People in the Social Sector’ award.

In her (barely existent) spare time, you can find Paige reading in parks, binge-watching TED Talks, sending well-timed reaction gifs, and daydreaming about reforming the education system.

Youth Rep



Youth Rep 2017

31 October, 2016

Each year, UN Youth Australia in consultation with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade select the Australian Youth Representative to the United Nations. Paige Burton was recently announced as the 2017 Youth Rep, so UN Youth’s CEO Brianna Bell sat down with Paige to chat about what the next year holds. Hi Paige, congratulations on […]


Listening Tour 2016 by UN Youth Rep Chris Eigeland

11 May, 2016

In a recent interview, UN Youth’s Emily Chantler spoke with the 2016 Australian Youth Representative to the United Nations about his vision and goals for the upcoming national Listening Tour. What is the Listening Tour and what is it’s purpose? The Listening Tour is the main opportunity for the Youth Rep to consult with a […]