The Online Safety Youth Advisory Council

eSafety has established an Online Safety Youth Advisory Council for young people aged 13 to 24 years.

The Council is made up of young people from a diverse range of experiences, genders, cultural and linguistic backgrounds, and locations.

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What is the Youth Advisory Council?

The Online Safety Youth Advisory Council was announced by the Prime Minister in December 2021. It was set up to provide young people a voice about online safety policy.

The Council will provide advice to Government about issues that young people experience online and explore ways of supporting them to have positive online experiences. It will also inform eSafety's youth policies and programs. 

The operation of the Council will be informed by recommendations included in the Youth Engagement Report, commissioned by eSafety. The report explored the online experiences of young Australians and their concerns and ideas for the future.

A draft Youth aspirational statement for online safety was developed by the young people who participated in the research. This statement highlights the importance of listening to young people and hearing their perspectives when discussing online safety.

Why your voice is important to us

We need to get an authentic perspective about the real issues that young people face online.

The input and experiences of the members will provide a direct voice to the Government about the online safety issues that impact young people. The Youth Advisory Council will also help shape online safety programs for other young people.

The Council will report to Government on action that can be taken by many different groups, including eSafety and industry.

Successful participants will also have the opportunity to create a new name for the group based on their insights and recommendations.

To ensure that we reached a diverse group of young people, we connected with representative youth organisations across Australia, to share the information about the Youth Advisory Council and the opportunity for young people engaged with their organisation to apply.

For more information about the Online Safety Youth Advisory Council, visit our page in the Young People section of the website.