As part of Australia21’s commitment to engaging with young people and leaders of the future, in 2012 we established two positions of Honorary Youth Advisers (HYA) to the Australia21 Board.
The HYAs have a three year tenure and their role is to:
- Provide advice from a youth perspective to the Board on a range of matters, including particular projects
- Contribute to project development and participate in projects where relevant
- Link Australia21 into multiple youth networks
- Assist with development of social media strategies
- Act as co-chairs of a youth engagement consultative group.
Honorary Youth Advisers
Rebecca Bunn — Chair of the YoungA21 Committee
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.”
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.
Young Australia21 Ambassador
Vivienne was an inaugural Honorary Youth Adviser with Tom Merrett from 2012-15 and assumed the role of Young Australia21 Ambassador in 2015. She is enrolled in a PhD studying the health outcomes of illicit drug policies and has completed a Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Health Policy at the University of Sydney. During her student days, she took on a variety of leadership positions, including University of Sydney Union Board Director from 2010-2012, Student Representative Councillor from 2011-2012 and Undergraduate Science Student Representative in 2010. Vivienne is currently the Secretary of the Australian Drug Law Reform Foundation. She has been a volunteer with Surf Lifesaving Australia for over ten years and is passionate about giving a youth voice to the policy directives of the future.
Inaugural Honorary Youth Advisers
Our inaugural Honorary Youth Advisers were Vivienne Moxham-Hall (now Young Australia21 Ambassador) and Tom Merrett.
Tom is Marketing Director at Good Super in Melbourne and is finalising a double degree in Chemical Engineering and Finance on a BHP Billiton scholarship. He was a representative on CHEMS, a student engineering society, and has recently spent a semester studying abroad at the National University of Singapore. In 2010 Tom was school captain at Unley High School and a youth participant in Australia21’s first Next Big Question project. He also participated as a youth representative in Australia21’s first roundtable on illicit drugs in 2012. He is a keen film maker, mentored by Australia21 Director and film maker, Deb Lavis, who co-chairs the Australia21 Youth Engagement Committee with him.
We recognise that collaboration between seasoned experience and the fresh vision of youth is critical to Australia’s future.
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