Ideas for Generations: YoungA21 Overview

If you’re under 30 and interested in the big issues affecting Australia’s future then YoungA21 is for you.

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Australia21 - Honorary Youth Adviser at a Board meetingYoungA21 aims to:

  • give young people (under 30) a voice on issues that are important to their future
  • strengthen Australia21’s connection to the future by involving young people in determining, commenting on and participating in Australia21 projects wherever possible
  • provide opportunities for two way mentoring between young people and experienced Australia21 directors and staff
  • encourage and support young people to take on projects which will contribute to addressing the challenges facing Australia in their future.

The YoungA21 committee meets by teleconference each month to discuss projects, issues and opportunities for young people. YoungA21 is led by two Honorary Youth Advisers, Rebecca Bunn (Committee Chair) and Andy Barley, and supported by Australia21 Board members, Deb Lavis and Geoff Gorrie.

Want to join? Please email with a short description of your background and interests.


Honorary Youth Advisers

Rebecca Bunn — Chair of the YoungA21 Committee

Rebecca Bunn

Rebecca is currently completing a Master of Human Rights Law and is the Managing Director of The Imprisonment Observatory, a virtual collaborative centre at Monash University.  She holds a Master of Public Policy & Management and has previously worked at the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services and the Drug Court of Victoria. She has also volunteered as an Independent Person with the Youth Referral and Independent Person Program (YRIPP), supporting young people who are taken into police custody.

“I am interested in YoungA21 because it provides a platform for young people to contribute to important national policy discussions. Young people have particular experiences and insights into how the wicked problems of their communities affect them and their peers, and YoungA21 ensures those insights are heard and valued. I was particularly drawn to Australia21’s work on challenging illicit drug policy, tackling climate change and upholding the public good. YoungA21 has allowed me to meet like-minded people who are passionate about making a difference on these and the many other issues that will shape Australia’s future. I would encourage anyone under 30 who feels passionate about these issues and can contribute to the important work of the organisation, to join YoungA21.”

Rebecca is also Australia21’s Community Engagement Manager.


Andy Barley

Australia21 - Andy BarleyAndy is the Founder and Director of SciGround, which is developing playgrounds designed to excite young Australians about science. The venture was selected for PwC’s 21st Century Minds accelerator program as one of the top STEM education initiatives. Since 2016 he has also been an Associate of YLab, the Youth Futures Lab, an engagement consultancy that puts young people at the centre to find solutions to big challenges across diverse areas including education, cities, employment, democratic participation and digital innovation. He has worked as a Science Communicator with ANSTO, the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation, and as a Science Circus Presenter with Questacon, Australia’s National Science and Technology Centre. He holds a a Masters of Science Communication Outreach from the Australian National University, as well as Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Engineering degrees from the University of Adelaide.

“I am involved in YoungA21 because I believe in the ability of young voices to shape the future of Australia and the world. Too often, young people are seen as a ‘problem to be solved’. But our generation is more creative, connected and compassionate than any before it. Young people are the ones who will live in the future, so it is vital we play a central role in creating what it looks like. YoungA21 is currently refreshing how we work to connect more passionate young people to each other and into important conversations about our future.”
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Australia21 welcomes the vitality and experience of young people to our organisation.
We recognise that collaboration between seasoned experience and the fresh vision of youth is critical to Australia’s future.

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