National Indigenous Youth Parliament

2 Feb 2017: National Indigenous Youth Parliament – Calling Indigenous Leaders of the Future


House of Representatives Old Parliament House

Applications are now open for the 2017 National Indigenous Youth Parliament (NIYP).

Run by the Australian Electoral Commission, the NIYP is a week-long leadership program for Indigenous Australians aged 16 to 25. It will be held in Canberra from 23 to 29 May 2017.

The program looks to identify Indigenous leaders of the future, with 50 young Indigenous Australians being invited to take part, including six from each state and territory and two from the Torres Strait .

Participants will learn about government, develop their leadership skills and meet Indigenous leaders, members of parliament and senior public servants.

The NIYP also includes a two-day simulated parliament in the House of Representatives chamber at Old Parliament House where participants will debate bills and issues important to themselves and their communities.

Applications are open until Friday 3 March 2017.

No specific skills, experience or qualifications are required to take part in the NIYP with participants chosen based on their ideas, community activity and leadership potential.

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2014 NIYP participants take a selfie with The Hon John Cobb MP, The Hon Sussan Ley MP, The Hon Tanya Plibersek MP, The Hon Phillip Ruddock MP, Chris Hayes MP, The Hon Barnaby Joyce MP and Stephen Jones MP


Blake Tatafu and Michael McMahon