This is the first of several stages in developing a Youth Action Plan for South Australia.
Young South Australians have been sharing their aspirations, passions, ideas and concerns, and we have been listening.
We have drawn from research and sector reports to establish four areas of concern for young people in South Australia:
- Learn and Earn
- Connect and Grow
- Wellbeing and the Environment
- Fairness and Inclusion
We will use these four areas as a foundation for engaging with young people and stakeholders across the development of the Youth Action Plan.
Gathering youth insights (this engagement)
Preparation for this stage has been informed by a number of recent youth consultations and research findings that collectively represent the aspirations and concerns of more than 6,000 young South Australians:
- Mission Australia's 2018 Youth Survey
- Commissioner for Children and Young People’s 2017 Listening Tour Report
- UN 2018 Youth Representative Report
- reports by the Youth Affairs Council of South Australia (YACSA) and Youth Parliament.
Although other reports were reviewed too, these were the main ones that demonstrated a range of views across many areas. As other reports emerge, for example the work of the Child Development Council, we will take them into account too.
The Department of Human Services has already used the four themes to guide discussions at a SA Youth Week event with YMCA SA Youth Parliament representatives in April 2019. This gathering affirmed the relevance of the themes to a diverse group of young people in South Australia, who provided specific ideas for action under each.
Young people aged 12-24 are now invited to complete the Youth Survey before 5.00pm on Friday 2 August 2019.
We are also inviting you to nominate to join a Youth Panel that will help design the Youth Action Plan. To nominate, you will need to complete the Panel Nomination form before 9.00am on Monday 29 July 2019.
Planned Enagements with Other Partners
As well as working with young people, we are talking to many partners to inform the Youth Action Plan.
Engaging with advocates
Key stakeholders including the Commissioner for Children and Young People, the Commissioner for Aboriginal Children and Young People, the Guardian for Children and Young People, the Child Development Council and the Youth Affairs Council will be invited to engage in the Youth Panel process.
Establishing a cross-government Task Group
State Government representatives have been identified and invited to form a Task Group for the Youth Action Plan development. The Task Group will provide cross-government oversight during the development of the Youth Action Plan, and will work with representatives from the Youth Panel to identify deliverables and opportunities to co-design policies and programs that align with the plan's priorities.
Broader consultation and finalising the Plan
A draft Youth Action Plan will be released for broad community feedback. The Youth Action Plan is expected to be finalised by the end of 2019 and implemented from 2020.