Office for Regional Youth

Creating opportunities for young people living in regional NSW

The Office for Regional Youth was established within the Department of Regional NSW to provide a whole-of-government approach to regional youth issues. The Office for Regional Youth ensures young people’s voices are heard and influence regional youth initiatives.

The Office for Regional Youth provides strategic policy advice and support to the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, the Arts, Tourism and Regional Youth, the Hon. Ben Franklin, MLC.

The members of the 2021 Regional Youth Taskforce

Important documents:

The 2021 Regional Youth Taskforce.

The NSW Regional Youth Framework

The Regional Youth Framework was informed by insights from regional young people, parents, employers, youth workers and NSW Government agencies, and provides a whole-of-government approach to address issues facing regional young people and improve economic and social outcomes.

The Regional Youth Action Plan underpins the Regional Youth Framework. The Action Plan will bring together government agencies to deliver a range of short, medium, and long-term programs, services and initiatives in response to issues that arise in regional communities.

Our work

Regional Youth Taskforce

The Regional Youth Taskforce is a channel for young people to bring issues and priorities to the Minister on behalf of their peers living in regional, rural and remote communities. Members are appointed each year with two representatives from each region of NSW outside greater Sydney.

Regional Youth Community Coordinator Initiative

Regional youth and communities will receive support through the Youth Community Coordinator and Children and Young People Wellbeing Recovery Initiative.

Holiday Break program

The Holiday Break program provides funding for activities for young people across regional NSW, creating opportunities to connect, socialise, learn new skills and have fun during the school holidays.

Youth Radio

The Regional Youth Radio program provides funding to deliver youth-led radio and podcasting initiatives enabling regional young people to to have a voice, and boost their connection and belonging to their communities.

Regional Gap Year

The Regional Gap Year website brings together useful information for young people thinking of working in regional NSW to access work, accommodation and travel opportunities.

More information

If you would like more information about the Office for Regional Youth or the Regional Youth Taskforce, please email