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The Youth Voice Peak Group provides student voice and advice on matters of policy development and program delivery to the Department of Education.

About Youth Voice Peak Group

The voices of students and young people from across the Northern Territory (NT) were key to the development of the education engagement strategy; a 10-year strategic plan to set a new course for student engagement and improved educational outcomes so that every child can engage in learning.

A key action of the education engagement strategy is for the Department of Education (DoE) to establish consultative and decision-making mechanisms to capture student voice on matters of policy development and program delivery.

To do this the NT DoE is establishing the Northern Territory Youth Voice Peak Group (YVPG).

This is an opportunity for young people across the NT to contribute to policies and programs that affect them and ensure their voice is represented in decision-making processes.

The group will provide student voice on matters of policy development and program delivery to positively influence future education, employment, health and wellbeing outcomes for all young Territorians.

Members of the YVPG will meet once a school term in either Darwin or Alice Springs, as well as connect monthly online via MS Teams. Drawing from their experiences, YVPG members will provide advice to NT DoE to help shape policies and programs that are important to students and young people in the NT.

Members will also undertake a series of professional development activities to help build their leadership skills and confidence. They will have the opportunity to travel across the Territory and network with the Minister for Education, and key department executive staff in order to influence departmental policy and programs.

This is an exciting opportunity for 12 young people across the NT to contribute to policies and programs that affect them and ensure their voice is represented in decision-making processes.

No formal experience is required to apply - NT DoE is looking for 12 members from across the NT to form a diverse group of young people that are representative of all regions.

Who can apply

To be eligible for membership of the YVPG, participants must:

  • be currently enrolled and attending school in the NT between year 9 and year 12 in 2023 (government and non-government school)
  • be able to attend all proposed meeting dates in 2023 (dates outlined below).

Members will be selected by a panel based on their application and their ability to represent the unique context of the NT.

Meeting dates

Meetings for the YVPG will be held face-to-face and online. The first YVPG meeting will be in Darwin on 22 and 23 February 2023, and participants must be able to attend in person. The proposed dates for all face-to-face meetings are listed below, and will be confirmed with the group at the first meeting in term 1.

  • Term 2 - 17 and 18 May 2023
  • Term 3 - 16 and 17 August 2023
  • Term 4 - 8 and 9 November 2023.

What you will get

Participants are not paid for their time, but all costs associated with participation in, and travel to attend meetings or other business for the YVPG will be funded by the NT DoE.

The skills and experiences participants will gain during their time as a member of the YVPG will be invaluable, and can be used as evidence for student resumes and to support post-school pathway applications.

How to apply

If you’re in year 9 to year 12 in 2023, don’t delay, applications close on 30 November 2022.

Step 1. Fill in the application.

NT Youth Voice Peak Group application PDF (204.7 KB)
NT Youth Voice Peak Group application DOCX (77.7 KB)

Step 2. Submit your application by mail or email.

Youth voice and leadership advisor
Strategic Engagement Partnerships
GPO Box 4821
Darwin NT 0801
yvpg.doe@education.nt.gov.au

More information

For assistance, or further information please contact the youth voice and leadership advisor by email yvpg.doe@education.nt.gov.au or call 08 8999 3536.

NT Youth Voice Peak Group

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