National Youth Week

National Youth Week (NYW) is the largest celebration of young people in Australia. Thousands of young people aged 12–25 years from across Australia get involved in NYW each year. NYW is an opportunity for young people to:

  • share ideas
  • attend live events
  • have their voices heard on issues of concern to them
  • showcase their talents  
  • celebrate their contribution to the community 
  • take part in competitions, and
  • have fun!

WE WANT YOU!!! Are you up for the challenge?

Applications for the South Australian 2016 Young Member are now OPEN!!

The Office for Youth is seeking a young person aged 18 – 25 years to represent South Australia at a state and national level for National Youth Week 2016.

As South Australia's Young Member for National Youth Week 2016, you will play an important role in the planning, promotion, implementation and evaluation of National Youth Week.

To apply, you need to complete the online application form.

SA 2016 Young Member Factsheet (PDF 114.9 KB)

We Want YOU flyer (PDF 136.3 KB)

The closing date for applications is Friday 12 June 2015. 

If you have any questions in relation to the Young Member position, please call Kylie at the Office for Youth on (08) 8415 4327 or email

Dates and theme

NYW was held from 10 to 19 April 2015 with the theme of 'It starts with us.'

Dates for 2016 will be announced in due course.

Calendar of events

There was over 100 awesome NYW events and activities held across South Australia during NYW 2015 - these included battle of the bands, colour dash and dances, live music events, recreational activities, movie nights various themed workshops and a whole lot more.

See what happened in your local community!

View SA National Youth Week Calendar of Events 2015 in a full screen map

State launch

JUMP n JIVE: it stARTS with us - National Youth Week SA Launch 2015 was held on Friday 10 April from 4-8pm, at the newly refurbished the Parks Sports and Recreation (and theatre) Centre, 46 Cowan Street, Angle Park,South Australia.

The Parks hosted a festival feel event which promoted various arts and sports activities.  A variety of artistic and sporting workshops ran between 4-6pm which included Hip Hop Beats, Spoken Rhyme, Dance, Kung Fu, Skating and Bush Cooking.  All NYW revellers enjoyed a screening of a short film project made, which was created in the lead up to NYW in partnership with the Media Resource Centre and headspace Woodville.

The Parks also unveiled the Graffiti Streets Art projects, along with incredible performances from local bands, Ukeladies, Saffron City and Revolution Vocal Studio to name a few - Roller Derby Scrimmage, market stalls and food trucks were also available to watch and enjoy. .

Thank you YMCA and the Park Sport and Recreation Centre for hosting such an enjoyable evening - a great time was enjoyed by all. 

For photos please check out the Office for Youth facebook page.

NYW State launch poster


Local councils, state government agencies and non-government organisations working directly with young people were invited to apply for funding to conduct events and activities or host the South Australian state launch.

A total of 49 organisations (including the State Launch) received a share of approximately $123,000 in grant funding to deliver a diverse range of events and activities.

Successful NYW funded organisations for 2015 (PDF 227.5 KB)

SA's 2015 NYW Young Member

The 2015 NYW Young Member is Maria Hull, from Salisbury.

Maria will play a pivotal role in NYW activities on a local, state and national level.

She will drive decision-making and activities that will assist in the planning, promotion, running and evaluation of the week, and also coordinate SA's social media campaign (National Youth Week in South Australia…'like' and 'share' it).

Maria has had significant experience in implementing and running NYW activities in both South Australia and interstate.  She also is a strong advocate for young people through her participation in various youth programs, services and social media campaigns. 

Maria is a member of the City of Salisbury Youth Advisory Committee and was awarded the 2014 City of Salisbury Young Citizen of the Year for her community involvement.

Maria is currently studying to become a senior secondary teacher at the University of Adelaide and working at Salisbury High School as a senior mentor and tutor.

Congratulations Maria!

Young Members promotional video

Check out the NYW promotional video featuring NYW Young Members from each State and Territory. The video takes its inspiration from the 2015 theme It starts with us and the 2015 hands design.

The video shows the hands, representing different cultures and backgrounds of young Australians, coming together from all over our country demonstrating their willingness to work together.

National Youth Awards

The 2015 National Youth Awards winners were officially announced at Brisbane City Hall on 16 April.

Each of the seven category winners received their prestigious Awards from Senator the Honorable Scott Ryan, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Education and Training with over 100 guests in attendance [read Commonwealths official media release]. Congratulations to all of this year's outstanding winners and finalists, who have worked incredibly hard within their communities and are highly deserving of their nominations.

For a full list of all of the 2015 NYA winners and their bios,


It is with great pleasure to unveil the new colourful NYW logo which will be used from NYW 2015 and onwards. The new logo was chosen by young people.




NYW event activity ideas factsheet  (PDF 166.2 KB)

Welcome to Country factsheet (PDF 194.9 KB)

How to write a media release (PDF 492.6 KB)

Single page word document template (DOC 1.3 MB)

Mulit-page word document template  (DOC 2.4 MB)


2015 NYW Branding guidelines - must read!  (PDF 786.2 KB)

Supported by Office for Youth and National Youth Week - Colour  (JPG 429.6 KB)

Supported by Office for Youth and National Youth Week - mono (JPG 524.1 KB)

GOSA and National Youth Week - Colour (JPG 671.5 KB)

GOSA and National Youth Week - mono (JPG 530.7 KB)

*All eps. format and 'reversed' logos will need to be requested via email.


A3 Festival Poster (PDF 64.4 KB)

A3 Festival Poster (JPG 2.4 MB)

What's On Poster (PDF 507.7 KB)

What's On Poster (DOCX 646.0 KB)  


For more information about the program, please contact Kylie by email or call +61 8 8415 4327.