Young people

An inclusive city gives all Canberrans a chance to participate, be heard and be active in our community – including young people. That’s why we invest in supporting and nurturing young Canberrans, and ensuring they have a voice in the decisions that affect both their own lives and the future of our city.

The ACT Government delivers a range of health programs to keep young Canberrans healthy and well.

The School Youth Health Nurse Program supports young people in public secondary schools, and It’s Your Move enables high school students to develop creative health solutions in schools. We support headspace to provide early intervention mental health services for people aged 12 to 25 and promote young peoples’ wellbeing – with this year’s Budget boosting resources for even more support.

Blueprint for Youth Justice in the ACT

The Blueprint for Youth Justice in the ACT 2012-22 is the ACT Government’s ten-year plan to reduce youth crime, keep our young people out of the justice system and better support them in day-to-day life.

Between 2011-12 and 2015-16 the number of young people apprehended by police fell by 39 per cent, and the number of young people in detention fell by 42 per cent.  We are working to make even more progress in reducing young people’s contact with the justice system over the future years of the Blueprint.

Empowering our young people

The ACT Government has established the Youth Advisory Council and put in place the Youth InterACT strategy to give young people a seat at the table with government.

We also support Canberra Young Citizen of the Year Awards and ACT Youth Week which celebrate the contribution young people make and provide a platform for sharing ideas and advocating on issues they are passionate about.

This year we have delivered 3,123 free doses of the Meningococcal ACWY vaccine to eligible year 10 students across 39 high schools.

Young people: In this budget:Dedicated outreach program for young people with severe mental illness, Young workers advise service promoting rights & protections at work, Future Skills Academy ensuring students are ready for the jobs of the future and abolishing stamp duty for eligible first home buyers to help boost home ownership.


Young people factsheet (pdf 452 KB)