Applications are open for the 2017 National Indigenous Youth Parliament (NIYP).
Electoral commissioner Tom Rogers said this was a golden opportunity to learn about government and leadership directly from the people making decisions that affect Indigenous communities.
‘‘The AEC will bring to Canberra 50 young Indigenous Australians, six from each state and territory and two from the Torres Strait Islands,’’ Mr Rogers said.
‘‘Participants will receive training in public speaking and in dealing with the media.
‘‘The young parliamentarians will learn from the nation’s leaders, members of the parliamentary press gallery, Indigenous leaders and senior public servants.’’
NIYP will run from May 23 to 29. The centrepiece of the NIYP is a two-day simulated parliament in the House of Representatives chamber at Old Parliament House.
Participants will debate bills and issues important to themselves and their communities.
‘‘The NIYP brings together Indigenous leaders of the future who are prepared to step up, debate important issues and look for solutions to Indigenous disadvantage,’’ Mr Rogers said.
‘‘Youth parliamentarians will meet decision makers, build networks and develop their leadership skills.’’
No specific skills or experience are required to participate in the NIYP, apart from a desire to have a say in what’s going on in your community.
‘‘I urge young Indigenous Australians to grab this opportunity and apply today,’’ Mr Rogers said.
Applications are open until Friday, March 3. Participants will be chosen based on their ideas, community activity and leadership potential.
●To apply, visit www.aec.gov.au/indigenous