National Youth Week 2013 - New Awards for Young Australians

As part of National Youth Week 2013 the Gillard Government has announced the first National Youth Awards will be held in August to recognise and celebrate young people and promote the contribution they make to our nation.

Federal Labor candidate for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters, said young people are one of the most important assets any nation has.

"Our young people are the leaders of tomorrow. When I meet with young people around Central Victoria, I am impressed by how engaged and enthusiastic they are.”

"These new National Youth Awards will recognise the dedication young people have and how they are making a difference in their communities and, importantly, the award scheme will be designed by young Australians themselves.”

Ms Chesters said the Australian Government Office for Youth is consulting with young people from every state and territory and award applications will open in May.

“The Gillard Labor Government knows that the future of our nation depends on the positive contribution of all young people,” Ms Chesters said.

“That’s why we have made a multi-billion dollar investment in youth affairs, including more than $64 billion over four years for schooling, and other investments in physical and mental health, tertiary and vocational education and community services for young Australians.”

“Labor wants to encourage young Australians to be active members of our community – able to make their own way, resilient in the face of whatever difficulties they encounter, confident in seeking help when needed, and always feeling their energy and ideas are welcomed.”

"This year’s National Youth Week theme—Be active. Be happy. Be you. —encourages all young people to express their ideas and celebrate their contributions by supporting and promoting National Youth Week events in their area.”

National Youth Week is a joint Australian, state, territory and local government initiative and the nation’s biggest celebration of young people, which has been held annually since 2000 and will run this year from April 5 to 14.

For more information on National Youth Week events and activities visit: www.youthweek.com.au.