Canberra calling young Indigenous leaders

Updated: 30 January 2017

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

The NIYP is a week-long leadership program for Indigenous Australians aged 16 to 25, to be held in Canberra in May 2017.

Electoral Commissioner, Tom Rogers, said this is a golden opportunity to learn about government and leadership directly from the people making decisions that affect Indigenous communities.

"The AEC will bring to Canberra 50 young Indigenous Australians, six from each state and territory and two from the Torres Strait Islands," Mr Rogers said.

"Participants will receive training in public speaking and in dealing with the media. The young parliamentarians will learn from the nation's leaders, members of the parliamentary press gallery, Indigenous leaders and senior public servants."
NIYP in the House of Representatives, Old Parliament House

NIYP will run from 23 to 29 May 2017. The centrepiece of the NIYP is a two-day simulated parliament in the House of Representatives chamber at Old Parliament House. Participants will debate bills and issues important to themselves and their communities.

"The NIYP brings together Indigenous leaders of the future who are prepared to step up, debate important issues and look for solutions to Indigenous disadvantage," Mr Rogers said.

"Youth parliamentarians will meet decision makers, build networks and develop their leadership skills."

No specific skills or experience are required to participate in the NIYP, apart from a desire to have a say in what's going on in your community.

"I urge young Indigenous Australians to grab this opportunity and apply today."

Applications are open until Friday 3 March 2017. Participants will be chosen based on their ideas, community activity and leadership potential. To apply visit

Editor's notes:

  • The National Indigenous Youth Parliament is run by the AEC in collaboration with the YMCA and Museum of Australian Democracy.
  • Images from previous NIYP programs are available for use from
  • Youth parliamentarians from the 2012 and 2014 events are available for interview – see below.

Spokespeople – past NIYP participants

Ms Angel Towney
Indigenous Business Australia
07 3008 8304

Ms Angel Towney

Mr Mitchell Dahlstrom
02 6152 3108 m. 0437 831 968

Mr Mitchell Dahlstrom


The NIYP is proudly supported by the YMCA and the Museum of Australian Democracy, Old Parliament House