Our Inaugural panel
May 2019 – October 2022
During their three-year term, the inaugural Panel provided a youth lens on strategic planning and policy matters, shared their lived experiences, and elevated the perspectives and aspirations of young people. Learn more about their experience and achievements below.
Experience and achievements
2019/2022 End of Term report (PDF, 10.78 MB)
Big issues for young people
Acknowledging that young people were disproportionately affected by the impacts of COVID-19, the Panel authored a series of papers which focused on key issues impacting them. The Panel’s insights on housing and liveability, youth employment and sustainability were published in April 2021.
Insights from the panel:
The panel also participated in a listening series which focused on the big issues insights.
Young Changemakers Challenge
The Panel led the development of the Young Changemakers Challenge. This was designed to give young people a platform to present innovative ideas addressing issues relating to jobs, housing and liveability and environmental sustainability from a youth perspective. The competition categories were informed by the Panel’s ‘Big issues for young people’ papers.
Finalists in each category were paired with expert mentors from industry and government to help develop their ideas before pitching to a judging panel in July 2021. The judging panel included a Youth Panel representative.
Housing and Liveability: Team contained
A community shipping container housing scheme providing affordable housing for low-income earners.
- Helen O’Loughlin, Director and former Social Commissioner
- Dr Chris Martin, UNSW - Senior Research Fellow, Housing Policy and Practice
Environmental Sustainability: Aquaponics Anonymous
A small-scale satellite aquaponic farm producing organic food locally, providing food security, reducing food miles and saving water.
- Edward Baker
- Ben Lorschy
- Hannah Kingsmill
- Averlie Wang
- Professor Veena Sahajwalla, UNSW - School of Materials Science and Engineering
- Emma Herd, EY Oceania Partner, Climate Change and Sustainability Services and former Environment Commissioner
Employment: Youth Employment Skills (YES)
A government-subsidised training and experience program free to students.
- Liz Dibbs, former Western City District Commissioner
- Steffen Faurby, former TAFE NSW – Managing Director