The YMCA Queensland Youth Parliament (QYP) is a unique opportunity for young people to create real change in Queensland. QYP participants, known as Youth Members, are the voice of youth in their electorates, advising politicians and decision-makers across the state. They're immersed in unique educational opportunities, experience parliamentary operation first hand, mingle with members of Government and Opposition, and have their say in fiery debates on topical issues.
Every year, new Youth Members engage in a six-month program, where they'll work in a small team (portfolio) to write a Bill proposing a law reform they are passionate about. Following this, Youth Members have the rare opportunity to debate their Bill at Parliament House in Brisbane.
Beyond bridging the gap between legislators and youth in Queensland, QYP also provides an outstanding opportunity for personal development, be that in leadership skills, public speaking ability or the lifelong friendships forged throughout the transformative experience.
Nominations to become a Youth Member are open in January - February every year. Please watch this space or follow QYP on Facebook for the latest updates.
Anyone aged 15-25 with a passion for change can nominate for QYP.
All you need to have a great time in the program is some enthusiasm – we’ll teach you all you need to know about parliamentary debate, Bill writing, working with the media and more! Like the real Queensland Parliament, however, we can only select so many Youth Members; so if you miss out on your first attempt, we’d love to hear from you again the year after.
Nominations are now closed for the 2021 program. Please leave your details in our Expression of Interest form to become to first to know when our 2022 nominations open.
Committees meet either in person, over the phone, or online to write their Bills and engage in community consultations. Flexible online workspaces are used for collaborative editing, file sharing and constructive discussion. Youth Members are encouraged to use their position to maximise their community engagement throughout this period.
Sitting Week brings all Youth Members together in Brisbane at Parliament House to debate their Youth Bills, deliver personal statements and gain insight into the work done by our state’s lawmakers. Various social activities are also organised to ensure a fun, challenging and memorable week for everyone.
YMCA Queensland Youth Parliament is run by youth, for youth.
YMCA QYP is a fantastic opportunity for youth to create real change in Queensland. Youth Members are the voice of young people in their electorates, advising politicians and decision-makers across the state. They’ll also be immersed in unique educational opportunities; experience parliamentary operation first hand; mingle with members of Government and Opposition; and have their say in fiery debates about topical issues.
Beyond bridging the gap between legislators and youth in Queensland, QYP also provides an outstanding opportunity for personal development, be that in leadership skills, public speaking ability or the lifelong friendships forged throughout the experience.
A volunteer team of young people work together to bring the program to life: the QYP Executive Team. Led by a Program Coordinator, 18 past participants are trained, licensed and supported by the Brisbane YMCA to ensure that this is truly a premier youth event – organised by youth, for youth.
Anyone aged 15-25 with a passion for change can nominate for QYP. All you need to have a great time in the program is some enthusiasm – we’ll teach you all you need to know about parliamentary debate, Bill writing, working with the media and more! Like the real Queensland Parliament, however, we can only select so many Youth Members, so if you miss out on your first attempt, we’d love to hear from you again the year after.
Absolutely. We will do anything and everything we can to cater for any physical, mental or other disability – feel free to give us a call or flick us an email to talk about your specific situation.
The cost to participate in Queensland Youth Parliament is $500 for each Youth Member. This is an all-inclusive package price, and includes accommodation, meals and transport between Camp Warrawee and Parliament House during both residential events. Whilst this fee does not cover transport to and from Brisbane, we are able to assist rural and remote Youth Members in seeking travel reimbursement from the YMCA.
Being a Youth Member is a unique chance to create change, so Federal and State Members of Parliament, youth groups, clubs such as Rotary and Lions and local businesses are often willing to sponsor some or all of the participation costs. Just in case the deal wasn’t sweet enough already, once you’ve been selected as a Youth Member, we’ll send you a Sponsorship Pack with heaps of tips, ideas, templates and pointers for approaching your community for support.
So now that you know what QYP is all about, you're probably wondering 'how can I get involved?' It’s very simple – just apply through our online form above or download the application form.
QYP runs throughout the year, so you’ll usually have a few months to complete anything that the program requires of you. You’ll also be working alongside other Youth Members in your Department, so the workload is often a shared one. Many full-time university and high school students have completed the program without difficulty, so you certainly won’t be losing sleep over QYP.
However, it is expected that once you agree to commence the program, you remain engaged in it until the end – you have been selected over other similarly outstanding youth in your electorate, and to pull out is to do a disservice to them, and to yourself.
Well, you’ll start by meeting each other and the Exec at Launch Weekend in April. After you split up into your committees, you’ll get to work with your Mentor: brainstorming, researching, writing, editing and submitting a Bill and Amendments to deliberate in Parliament. Come late October, you’ll see each other’s smiling faces again at Residential Sitting Week, when Youth Members take over the Legislative Assembly Chamber of the Queensland Parliament. Over the course of four days, lively debate, interjections and banter fill the Chamber as each committee presents their Bill for debate and possible amendment.
Every participant also gets a two minute chance to talk about an issue of their choice, usually one of personal experience or one relevant to their electorate.
After you’ve debated each of the Bills you have created, they will be passed to the Youth Governor for their assent to become Youth Acts. After this, the Youth Acts are then handed directly to the Premier for distribution to Ministers and Members of Parliament for their consideration.
The simplest ways to connect directly with our Executive Team & Youth Members are via social media and our Your Voice Heard blog.
The YMCA Queensland Youth Parliament (QYP) is run by a volunteer team of young people (Executive) who work together to bring the program to life. Led by a program coordinator, 18 Youth Members are trained, licensed and supported by the Y Brisbane to ensure that this is truly a premier youth event organised by youth, for youth.
The QYP is a youth services initiative of the State Council of YMCAs of Queensland, operated by the YMCA of Brisbane, sponsored by the Office for Youth, and supported by Members and staff of the QLD Parliament.
The YMCA has a strong reputation for training and developing leadership amongst young people, as well as providing services for disadvantaged youth. It is through its assistance and support that QYP continues to run smoothly and successfully year after year. Established in 1864, YMCA Brisbane offers weekly services to thousands of community members and runs programs from more than 180 sites in South-East Queensland.
The Y Brisbane employs more than 1100 staff in various roles in the areas of fitness and recreation, child care, education, community and youth centres, hospitality, housing and social impact. As a not-for-profit organisation, the Y is a customer-focused organisation that has the flexibility and capability to adjust to changing community needs, providing more than 3.25 million participations in Y programs annually.
A division of the Department of Environment and Science.
The Office for Youth has an ongoing commitment to ensuring that youth are heard, and are influential in the political and policy-making processes. Both their financial and supportive contributions have been vital in the delivery of the QYP program. The strong partnership forged between the Department of Environment and Science serviced through the Office for Youth, and the YMCA QYP Executive, continues to secure a strong political and social voice for youth.
Queensland Youth Parliament also has a commitment to diversity and inclusion, and thanks to generous sponsorship from the Department of Environment and Science, we are able to provide a number of scholarships to ensure all Youth Members have equal opportunity to have their voice heard.
The Queensland Parliamentary Service provides invaluable support to the YMCA QYP, assisting in ensuring that the Youth Acts produced, and debate enjoyed, by Youth Members are of a very high standard. It also through their involvement that Youth Members enjoy an educational and authentic experience of the parliamentary process, being able to utilise the Legislative Chamber during Residential Sitting Week. Queensland Parliament staff also assist by educating participants about Parliament House, proofing Youth Bills and Amendments and acting as Clerks during Youth Parliament sittings.