National Indigenous Youth Parliament 2017

NIYP.

Apply now for the National Indigenous Youth Parliament 2017

The National Indigenous Youth Parliament (NIYP) is your chance to go to Canberra, meet Australia’s leaders, learn about democracy and have your say on important issues.

Fifty Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people aged 16-25 will be selected, six from each state and territory and two from the Torres Strait Islands, for a week-long program in Canberra from 23-29 May 2017.

The NIYP will bring together Australia’s future Indigenous leaders to talk about issues affecting your community. You will learn how laws are made and meet the lawmakers.

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Participants will be chosen based on their community leadership activities. The program includes expert training in how government works, how laws are made, public speaking and dealing with the media.

The centrepiece is a two-day simulated parliament in the Museum of Australian Democracy (MoAD) at Old Parliament House, where you will debate bills and issues of importance to your community. The final bills will be presented to the Australian Government for consideration.

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At the NIYP you will meet other young Indigenous Australians from remote, regional and urban Australia. It is an opportunity to talk about community issues, to have your voice heard and to learn how you can make a difference.

The NIYP is run by the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) in collaboration with the YMCA and the MoAD.

Applications close on Friday 3 March 2017.

Apply today at www.aec.gov.au/Indigenous.

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