Do you have ideas about how to make Ipswich a better place for young people? If so, we want to hear from you!

We’re seeking expressions of interest from young people to join IYAC.

Applications close Friday 9 December 2022.

Ipswich Youth Advisory Council (IYAC) comprises young people aged between 13-18 years who come together to have a voice for raising issues and sharing ideas that affect young people.

IYAC aims to:

  • increase civic participation by our youth community
  • develop young people’s knowledge of the issues that affect them at a Federal, State, and Local Government level
  • provide an opportunity to work collaboratively in a team with other young people to affect real change
  • provide a voice for young people in relation to council issues, strategies and plans
  • establish strong connections with the Ipswich City Council and elected officials
  • extend the leadership potential of young people in Ipswich through collaboratively learning
  • provide an increased understanding of community issues, planning, policy and decision-making processes to young people.

The IYAC team meets monthly, with members serving an initial one-year term and can seek re-appointment for a subsequent term.

Council objectives:

  • Report to council and provide appropriate advice, information and feedback on matters relevant to young people
  • Provide a forum for young people to meet regularly and express their views on issues affecting them and their peers
  • Provide a space for young people to bring forward their issues that directly affect them and inform council representatives of these issues
  • Develop strategies and projects that improve opportunities for young people and others in the community
  • Provide opportunities for young people to contribute to civic life
  • Develop new networks with other young leaders.

What is involved?

The 2023 IYAC program involves:

  • up to 10 meetings throughout the year (face to face and online)
  • optional participation in a Youth Conference and sub meetings
  • optional participation in a range of civic community events.

Who can be an IYAC member?

Ipswich City Council welcomes Ipswich young people between the age of 13-18 years who are eager to make a positive difference in their local community.

So, if you are:

  • interested in issues that affect young people
  • prepared to consult with other young people in the wider community (including schools or workplaces)
  • can demonstrate leadership qualities and be willing to take on a leadership role in the community
  • keen to be involved in community projects, activities and civic events
  • interested in further training and development to improve and build leadership skills.

We want to hear from you!