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The first youth week to be held in April 2000

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MEDIA RELEASE DR DAVID KEMP, MR Minister for Education, Training and Youth Affairs K3704 23 April 1999


Federal, State and Territory Youth Affairs Ministers have agreed to hold Australia's first National Youth Week in April 2000.

Promoting a theme o f “Count Me In”, the week will focus on youth participation in the Australian community and celebrate the diversity of young people from all regions and backgrounds.

A meeting of the Federal, State and Territory Ministers in Adelaide agreed to a proposal to adopt an integrated approach to the national event.

“Although youth weeks are already held in some States, the decision to hold a national event marks a significant step forward in acknowledging young Australians and promoting youth issues nationally,” said Dr David Kemp, Federal Minister for Youth Affairs.

The Commonwealth has dedicated $400,000 to establish National Youth Week, with some funding distributed to State and Territory governments, and a central marketing fund to provide national promotion for the Week. Public and private sector sponsorship will also be sought for the event.

“ A National Youth Week gives Australian organisations an outstanding opportunity to join with us in promoting young people and the issues which are of importance to them,” said Dr Kemp.

“ I am looking forward to creating partnerships which bring together young people, business and the community for the benefit o f Australia’s future.”

A key feature of National Youth Week will be the participation young people in planning for the event. A national planning group, including young people from a variety o f backgrounds, will oversee arrangements for coordinating and promoting the Week.

Special attention is also being given to the inclusion of young people in rural and remote areas of Australia in the Week’s events which could be held in the local school or youth centre, or on the radio'or internet.

“National Youth Week will be about bringing young Australians together in creative and stimulating environments real and virtual,” said Dr Kemp.

“1 am delighted that we will be involving young people from the ground up to make this Week a success all around Australia.”

Media contact: Samantha Herron 0412 639 754 or 02 6277 7460