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Federal Member for McEwen Rob Mitchell is encouraging the young people of McEwen to have a say on issues that are important to them by applying to join a youth advisory group.

Applications are open for Australians aged 16 to 24 to join one of five new youth advisory groups to advise on Federal Government policies and programs across key issues facing young people.

Each group will examine an issue of importance to young Australians, with topics and group membership to change each year.

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In 2023, the topics are mental health and wellbeing; promotion of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, STEM; climate change; and ensuring young Australians are safe and supported.

A dedicated First Nations Youth Advisory Group will also be set up to work with the National Indigenous Australians Agency.

“Who better to provide that knowledge than those living the experience? The young people of McEwen have for a long time impressed me with their knowledge and passion to have an impact and this opportunity is a great one,” Mr Mitchell said.

“I encourage applications from people from all backgrounds and experiences, including young people with disability, with lived experience of mental ill-health, and those from lower socio-economic backgrounds.”

Applications close on Sunday. People can apply at www.ayac.org.au/. Successful candidates will need to be available to travel to Canberra on March 28-31 for the first meeting. The Office for Youth will cover the cost of travel.

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