YoungA21 Overview

If you’re under 30 and interested in the big issues affecting Australia’s future then Young Australia21 (Young A21) is for you. Watch our short video to find out more:

YoungA21 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 Advisors, Luke Hutchins (Committee co-Chair) and Rebecca Bunn, and supported by Australia21 Board members, Mick Palmer (Committee co-Chair), Deb Lavis and Lyn Stephens.

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


Honorary Youth Advisors

Luke Hutchins – Co-Chair of the YoungA21 Committee

Luke Hutchins

Luke Hutchins is currently studying a Masters of Social Policy and holds an Honours degree in Criminology from the University of Melbourne. He has a keen interest in understanding issues affecting young people, particularly alcohol and drug use. His Honours thesis investigated how alcohol education campaigns can better engage with young people. Previously he was a Policy Associate at the Foundation for Young Australians working on education advocacy campaigns. Luke has also conducted research on alcohol-related violence prevention for the Centre for Alcohol Policy Research, which was subsequently published as a chapter in the book Stemming the tide of alcohol: Liquor licensing and the public interest.



Rebecca Bunn

Rebecca Bunn

I live in Melbourne and am currently studying a Master of Human Rights Law at Monash University, as well as undertaking a research internship with the Imprisonment Observatory where I am exploring the lived experiences of people exiting prison with multiple and complex needs. I also volunteer as an Independent Person with the Youth Referral and Independent Person Program (YRIPP) supporting young people who are taken into police custody. Previously, I have worked at the Drug Court of Victoria, as well as the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services in the areas of alcohol and drug treatment policy, and housing and homelessness policy.

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.


YoungA21 logoAustralia21 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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