Youth Advisory Councils

Youth Advisory Councils are groups of high achievers across Australia with a wide range of backgrounds and experiences who meet regularly with senior officials to discuss the future and critical issues facing both our countries, plan engagements and undertake projects on topics of mutual interest.

The U.S. Consulate General Melbourne is now taking applications for the Melbourne Youth Advisory Council and for Youth Council Networks in Tasmania, South Australia, and the Northern Territory

Application Status:
Canberra – Closed, will re-open in early 2023
Sydney – Closed, will re-open in early 2023
Brisbane – Closed, will re-open in early 2023

Melbourne –  Closed, will re-open August 2023
TAS, SA and NT –  Closed, will re-open August 2023

Applications close 11 April 2022

The U.S. Embassy in Canberra is seeking dynamic, globally minded tertiary students and young professionals to join our Youth Advisory Council. The Youth Advisory Council is a group of high achievers with a wide range of backgrounds and experiences who meet regularly with senior officials to discuss the future and critical issues facing both our countries, plan engagements and undertake projects on topics of mutual interest.

The primary goals of the Council are:

  • To advise the U.S. Embassy on next generation issues (e.g., what do young Australians care about and why?);
  • To suggest effective modes of outreach to young leaders;
  • To plan events and undertake relevant projects; and
  • To participate in Embassy events as representatives of the Council

Think you might be a fit for our next Council?

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We are currently taking applications to join the 2022 Council. To apply, please fill out the application form available here.

Please provide a cover letter (up to 500 words) addressing the following two prompts using the form provided:

  1. How can the U.S. Consulate better engage audiences under 30 in Australia? In 500 words, tell us what campaign or initiative (e.g. social media campaign, event) you would organise with the Embassy using your existing networks.
  2. In 500 words, what can the U.S. Embassy do to make the U.S.-Australia relationship more relatable to audiences below the age of 30?

Applicants must be:

  • between 18-28 years of age
  • an Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • able to commit to serve on the Council for 12 months by attending quarterly meetings and other events
  • Attend the first meeting in mid-May 2022

Each member is required to organise an engagement with the Embassy: some examples members have done in the past:

  • Organising senior leadership to visit their local fire brigade where they volunteer
  • Taking senior leaders to the Lakemba Night Markets during Ramadan
  • Moderating an event with U.S. speakers ranging from topics from Space, Press Freedom, to Race Relations
  • Instagram takeover at an official 4th of July celebration

Applications close Monday 11 April, 2022. All candidates will be notified of our decision by April 29, 2022 and must be available to attend the first meeting in mid-May 2022.

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Applications for the Youth Advisory Council Sydney are now closed.

The Youth Advisory Council Sydney is a group of high achievers with a wide range of backgrounds and experiences who meet regularly with the Consul General to discuss pertinent issues and share their thoughts on the future of U.S. – Australia relations.

The primary goals of the Council are:

  • To advise the Consul General on next gen issues (e.g., what do Australian youth care about and why?);
  • To suggest effective modes of youth outreach for the Consulate; and
  • To participate in Consulate events as representatives of the Council.

Think you might be a fit for our next Council?

We are currently taking applications to join the 2022 Council. To apply, please answer all questions.

A cover letter (up to 500 words) addressing the following two prompts:

BRISBANE

  1. How can the U.S. Consulate better engage younger audiences in Brisbane? In 500 words, tell us what campaign or initiative (e.g. social media campaign, event) you would organise with the Consulate using your existing networks
  2.  In 500 words, what can the U.S. Consulate do to make the U.S.-Australia alliance more relatable to a younger audience?

Applicants must be:

  • between 18-28 of age
  • an Australian citizen
  • able to commit to serve on the Council for one year by attending quarterly meetings and other events
  • Attend the first meeting on March 30, 2022
  • Each member is required to organise an engagement with the Consulate: some examples members have done in the past:
  • Organising the Consul General to visit their local fire brigade where they volunteer
  • Taking the Consul General to the Lakemba Night Markets during Ramadan
  • Moderating a Consulate event with a US speakers ranging from topics from Space, Press Freedom, to Race Relations
  • Instagram takeover at the Consulate’s 4th of July celebration

Send applications to rsvpsyd@state.gov

Applications close February 27, 2022. All candidates will be notified of our decision by March 9, 2022 and must be available to attend the first meeting at lunchtime on March 30, 2022.

Applications for the Youth Advisory Council Brisbane are now closed.

The Youth Advisory Council Brisbane is a group of high achievers with a wide range of backgrounds and experiences who meet regularly with the Consul General to discuss the future of U.S. – Australia relations and critical issues facing both our countries.

 

The primary goals of the Council are:

  • To advise the Consul General on next gen issues (e.g., what do Australian youth care about and why?);
  • To suggest effective modes of youth outreach for the Consulate; and
  • To participate in Consulate events as representatives of the Council.

Each member of the Youth Advisory Council is required to organize an engagement with the Consulate. Some past Council-organized engagements include:

  • Organizing the Consul General to visit their local fire brigade where they volunteer;
  • Taking the Consul General to the Lakemba Night Markets during Ramadan;
  • Moderating a Consulate event with U.S. speakers ranging from topics from Space, Press Freedom, to Race Relations;
  • Instagram takeover at the Consulate’s 4th of July celebration.

Applicants must be:

  • between 18-28 of age
  • an Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • able to commit to serve on the Council for two years by attending quarterly meetings and other events, including a first meeting in March 2022

Applications close March 7, 2022. All candidates will be notified of our decision by March 21, 2022 and must be available to attend the first meeting in late March 2022.

The U.S. Consulate General Melbourne is seeking diverse, energetic, creative and engaged young professionals and students to join our Melbourne Youth Advisory Council. The Council will consist of 12 individuals from a wide range of backgrounds and experience who meet regularly with the Consul General and other U.S. Government representatives to discuss and advise on issues that are important to young Australians.

The primary goals of the Council are:

  • To advise the Consul General and U.S. Mission to Australia on next generation issues
  • To offer new perspectives on youth outreach for the Consulate; and
  • To plan and participate in Consulate events as representatives of the Council

Each member is required to collaborate on an engagement with the Consulate, some examples members have done in the past include: organizing a visit to their local fire brigade where they volunteer, taking the Consul General to the Lakemba Night Markets during Ramadan, Instagram takeover at the Consulate’s 4th of July celebration.

Keen to get involved?

Apply Now

 

If you are:

  • between 18-35 years of age
  • an Australian citizen or permanent resident based in Victoria
  • able to commit to serve on the Council for 12 months, attending six meetings and other events then we encourage you to consider applying to the 2022-23 Melbourne Youth Advisory Council.

Applications close Friday 23 September 2022. All candidates will be notified of our decision by Friday 14 October 2022 and must be available to attend the first meeting in late October 2022.

To apply please fill out the application form addressing the two prompts. The first prompt requires a written response, and the second can be addressed more creatively if you choose.

1. How can the U.S. Consulate better engage younger audiences in Australia? In 300-500 words, tell us what campaign or initiative (e.g. event, social media campaign) you would organize with the Consulate using your existing networks

2. What does contemporary America mean to you?

The U.S. Consulate General Melbourne is seeking diverse, energetic, creative and engaged young professionals and students from across the Consular district to join our Youth Council Network.

If you are based in South Australia, Tasmania or the Northern Territory and would like to engage with the U.S. Consulate Melbourne to help build our youth network we encourage you to apply. We will actively support young people in states other than Victoria and host virtual and potential in-person meetings across the year in addition to offering outreach and engagement opportunities with the Consulate and Embassy where possible.

The primary goals of the Youth Council Network are:

  • To advise the Consul General and U.S. Mission to Australia on next generation issues
  • To offer new perspectives on youth outreach for the Consulate; and
  • To plan and participate in Consulate events as representatives of the network

Youth Council Network members will be required to collaborate on an engagement with the Consulate, some examples members have done in the past include: organizing a visit to their local fire brigade where they volunteer, taking the Consul General to the Lakemba Night Markets during Ramadan, Instagram takeover at the Consulate’s 4th of July celebration.

Keen to get involved?

Apply Now

 

If you are:

  • between 18-35 years of age
  • an Australian citizen or permanent resident based in Tasmania, South Australia, or the Northern Territory
  • able to commit to engaging with the U.S. Consulate General Melbourne on a regular basis across 12 months then we encourage you to apply.

Applications close Friday 23 September 2022. All candidates will be notified of our decision by Friday 14 October 2022.

To apply please fill out the application form addressing the two prompts. The first prompt requires a written response, and the second can be addressed more creatively if you choose.

1. How can the U.S. Consulate better engage younger audiences in Australia? In 300-500 words, tell us what campaign or initiative (e.g. event, social media campaign) you would organize with the Consulate using your existing networks

2. What does contemporary America mean to you?