Release type: Media Release


National Conversation with Young Australians


The Hon Kate Ellis MP
Minister for Early Childhood Education, Child Care and Youth

Joint Media Release with Prime Minister Kevin Rudd

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Minister for Youth Kate Ellis today launched a nationwide discussion with young people as part of the National Strategy for young Australians.

The National Conversation was simultaneously launched by the Prime Minister during a live web chat with young people and by Minister Ellis at the first forum at Lyneham High School in Canberra.

The National Conversation is a chance for young people, the youth sector and the community to help shape the Government’s National Strategy for Young Australians through online events, local and national forums and face-to-face discussions.

The National Strategy will focus on seven priorities:

  • Empowering young Australians in schools, technical colleges and Universities to shape their own future
  • Providing support to young Australians within their families
  • Supporting young Australians to make a greater contribution to their communities
  • Enabling young Australians to participate safely and confidently online
  • Equipping young Australians with the skills and personal networks needed for employment
  • Improving opportunities for early intervention and problem solving and
  • Establishing clear cut legal consequences for behaviour that endangers the safety of others.The Strategy will guide Government action to support young people and to ensure they have the opportunities and skills needed to make a positive contribution to society.

The discussion will include a live, online interactive webcast on 12 November to allow young people from across the nation to join the conversation.

Young people and their communities will also have an opportunity to host their own forums in coming weeks.

More information is available at the Australian Youth Forum website.