Young people across regional NSW are being encouraged to apply to become a member of the 2023 Regional Youth Taskforce to ensure the voices of youth in their communities are heard.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW Paul Toole said he is looking forward to the formation of the next 18 member taskforce, which includes two members from nine regions, ensuring a wide range  of experiences and opinions.

“This is about giving a megaphone to young people from every part of regional NSW and ensuring they have a voice in the decision making process –  the next generation have great ideas and they’re ready to put them into action,” Mr Toole said.

“These young people play an important role in representing their communities and I am excited to see what ideas they bring to the table.”

Minister for Regional Youth Ben Franklin said the Taskforce plays an important role in advising the State Government.

“Young people are the future of this State and it’s vital they have direct input into programs developed by the NSW Government and have a voice that speaks to the challenges faced in their regions,” Mr Franklin said.

“If you are aged 12 to 24 and are passionate about your region, being on the Taskforce is an opportunity to work with like-minded people and let us know how the NSW Government can help you and your peers work, live and thrive in your community.

“The Taskforce has achieved significant outcomes, including the creation of the Regional School Alumni Events Program, as well as securing an additional $10 million commitment for free or subsidised activities for young people in our regions.”

The Taskforce meets four times throughout the year with each meeting focused on the pillars of the Regional Youth Framework: Wellbeing, Connectivity, Work Ready and Community.

Regional Youth Taskforce member for the North Coast Mikal Tesfamariam said the Taskforce  offers an incredible opportunity for young people to represent their region and feel heard.

“As the program continues and more youth come  through, there will be a substantial platform for young people to present solutions for the issues and challenges faced in their region,” Ms Tesfamariam said.

Travel costs, meals and accommodation will be covered for Regional Youth Taskforce members who travel across NSW for meetings.

To find out more information or to submit an application visit

Applications  open from 12 September 2022 to 23 October 2022.

For further information on the current and previous taskforce members visit