National Youth Week


National Youth WeekNational Youth Week is an annual, week-long celebration of young people (aged 12–25) throughout Australia.

It is a joint initiative of the Australian, State, Territory and Local Governments. It gives you an opportunity to express your ideas and views, act on issues that affect your lives. It also lets you have a lot of fun.

Each year, all over Australia, events are planned and organised to celebrate and recognise the contribution of young people. In 2014 more than 26,000 young people from across Victoria participated in National Youth Week activities.
National Youth Week 2015 will be held from 10 April to 19 April 2015, incorporating the theme ‘It Starts With Us’.

Grant Applications Now Open

Young people looking to organise events for National Youth Week 2015 can now apply for grants to help kick start their plans, Minister for Youth Affairs Ryan Smith has announced.

“Young people make an amazing contribution to communities through their creativity, enthusiasm, energy and ideas.  National Youth Week is a great way to recognise their achievements, celebrate what it means to be a young Victorian and let their voices be heard,” Mr Smith said.

In partnership with the Australian Government, the Victorian Government is providing National Youth Week grants of up to $2,000 to fund events that celebrate and recognise the contribution of young Victorians to their community. 

National Youth Week 2015 grants are available to assist groups of young people to organise events for other young people. To be eligible, young people must be working in partnership with a local council, community organisation or school.

Before you begin your application, please read the National Youth Week 2015 Grant Guidelines.
NYW 2015 - Grants Guidelines (445.81 KB)

After reading the grant guidelines you can commence writing your application using the National Youth Week 2015 Application Form.
NYW 2015 - Grant Application Form (169 KB)

What is the application process?

Applications (including any attachments) must be submitted using the National Youth Week 2015 Application Form by Friday, 14 November 2014. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. Receipt of applications will be acknowledged in writing.

Applications must be submitted via email to

New National Youth Week 2015 Victorian Young Member Announced

The Minister for Youth Affairs, Ryan Smith, has announced that 22-year-old Michael Casha will be the National Youth Week Victorian Young Member for 2015.

"Congratulations to Michael on his exciting new role representing Victoria on the planning committee for next year’s National Youth Week," Mr Smith said.

Each year, a young person is appointed to act as the spokesperson for their respective state or territory and contribute to the planning and promotion of National Youth Week events.

“From planning events to promoting National Youth Week, Michael will play an important part in shaping what is always a fantastic week,” Mr Smith said.

Michael said he felt privileged to represent young people in Victoria in preparation for National Youth Week next year.

"I really enjoyed travelling to Canberra as the Victorian representative on the National Planning Group and catching up with other like-minded young people from other states and territories across Australia.  The Young Member role will not only support the activities occurring in National Youth Week but provide an opportunity to show Australia the positive power young people truly have!" he said.

Further Information

For further information on National Youth Week 2015 in Victoria, please contact Greg Box at the Community and Economic Participation Branch on (03) 9096 1352 or email From December 2014, you can also see what’s happening across Australia by checking out the national website at (new window).


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