Youth Minister Peter Tinley kicked off the Youth Affairs Council of WA’s Unfairground Conference, encouraging attendees to suggest new pathways to address challenges young West Australians facing in this era.
YACWA’s bi-annual conference provides an opportunity for young people to network, share ideas and experiences that focus on prominent youth issues.
This year’s conference discussed issues such as youth unemployment, homelessness, mental health, youth justice, young people leaving care, and education.
The State Government has worked to consult youths and other stakeholders to understand significant issues that affect young people.
The information gathered will be used to inform both government and community to address the needs of WA’s young people.
Youth Minister Peter Tinley said youth population will increased dramatically and the government needs to do its best, so youths can receive opportunities to make positive life choices.
“YACWA is an acknowledged champion of young people and the youth sector, and the State Government is proud to support this conference,” The Minister said.
“There are more than 500,000 young people in WA and this figure is set to increase by 44 per cent by 2030, so we need to do our best to give every young person in WA the opportunity to make positive life choices that will help them to thrive.”
“Forums such as this conference facilitate the discussion of innovative ideas and different ways of tackling enduring issues that affect the State’s youth – including our most vulnerable.”
“The McGowan Government will continue to work with young people, the youth sector and across government agencies, and collaborate to improve services for young people.”