YMCA South Australia Youth Parliament is a non-partisan program providing a platform for young people aged 15 - 25 to have their say on important issues, build skills and parliamentary understanding. It focuses on personal development, empowerment and connecting politicians and decision makers with youth voices and opinions. 

The Youth Parliament program runs from March to August 2018 and includes mentoring, a training weekend, a week-long camp and access to Parliament House. Every year, young leaders come together to learn about public speaking, parliamentary etiquette, bill development and youth advocacy. They share their big ideas, discuss the challenges facing South Australia and create solutions in the form of Youth Bills. 

Youth Parliament 2018


Youth Parliament 2018 Launch - 9.30am Saturday 28th April 2018
Training Weekend - Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th April 2018
Parliament Week - Sunday 8th to Friday 13th July 2018

Youth Parliament 2018 Overview


READ ME: Program overview for participants

All participants need to fill in:

Payment and Sponsorship

First payments of $100 are due by 27 April 2018. Final payments are due 1 June 2018.

A Sponsorship Pack can be found here. We also have template sponsorship request letters for schools, community groups, politicians and universities. (And a great letter to send to thank sponsors at the end of the program).



We are excited to announce that thanks to support from the Government of South Australia, regional and rural Youth Parliamentarians can again access the Regional Scholarship. This covers their travel to and from Adelaide for the Training Weekend in April and Parliament Week in July. It also covers their accommodation while in Adelaide for the Training Weekend.


[Announcement coming soon] 2018 Youth Parliament Volunteer Taskforce

Taskforce members bring the YMCA South Australia Youth Parliament program to life. They do a lot of the ‘behind the scenes’ organisation and planning, but they also mentor a team and support participants to write and debate bills. Without the time, expertise, commitment and dedication volunteered by each ‘Taskie’ the Youth Parliament program wouldn’t be possible. 

Volunteer positions still available for our other youth programs! Click here to find out more.


School workshops and mock Parliament sessions

Are you a school teacher? Did you know YMCA South Australia run school workshops and mock Parliament debates for years 7 and up? Get in touch with us to find out how we can bring Civics and Citizenship to life and make learning about poltiics and Parliament fun!

Email alana.james@ymca.org.au or call 8200 2514 for more information and a quote.


Highlights of Youth Parliament 2017

Have a look at the YMCA South Australia Youth Parliament 2017 Report here.

Check out the Youth Bills from Youth Parliament 2017 here.


Contact Us

For more information please contact the YMCA South Australia Youth Empowerment team on (08) 8200 2514. 

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