Directions from Young People - Youth Strategy 2022-2025

Directions from Young People - Youth Strategy 2022-2025


The Directions from Young People is our key informing document for how and why we work with young people.

Last Updated: 22 February 2022 Follow Engagement

We've developed a new Youth Strategy with an aim to better understand the needs and aspirations of young people in our community. We are committed to creating a place where all young people are healthy and safe, and empowered to contribute to addressing the issues that affect them. By identifying areas of improvement and opportunity, together we can build upon the City’s investment in youth services, facilities and programs – now and into the future.

The development of the Strategy involved multiple stages of community consultation in both face-to-face and online forms. We heard from, and gained input into the draft Strategy, from young people, their parents/caregivers, and the organisations that support them.

Youth Affairs Council of WA (YACWA) was appointed to help develop the Strategy. YACWA is the State's peak body for youth affairs and is widely acknowledged as a leader in the field of youth participation best practice.

Read the Directions from Young People - Youth Strategy 2022-2025

Youth Peer Researchers

In development of the Strategy, we took a youth-led approach and engaged eight young peer researchers to help us talk with young people.  Our  Youth Peer Researchers assisted in the design and delivery of the strategies engagement activities, including the development of parent/caregiver and young peoples survey.

We heard from nearly 600 young people aged 12 to 25 through surveys, workshops, a postcard campaign, and art competition, as well as parents and caregivers, organisations that work with young people and City staff. The Strategy development also involved a review of the City’s current youth provision and current youth issues and trends.

Community Engagement

Community consultation to develop the Youth Strategy was delivered from June to August 2021. We talked with 563 young people through 489 surveys, 65 participants at four youth workshops, in-depth discussions with eight peer researchers and the submission of one art work. We also received 35 postcard submissions, which were from young people and community members, and two public comment submissions on the final draft.

  • 49% were aged 12 to 17 and 51% were aged 18 to 25
  • 64% female, 34% male and 2% non-binary or gender diverse
  • 19% living with a mental health difficulty
  • 17% from a culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds
  • 5% First Nations young peoples
  • 71% lived in the City
  • 36% went to schools in the City
  • 36% worked in the City

We also talked with:

  • 78 parents and caregivers
  • 4 organisations that work with young people
  • Over 20 City staff

Public comment submission

  • 2 submissions received were in support of the draft

Find Out More Infomation

  • Read the FAQ's or related information below
  • Contact Lianda Gibson, YACWA via email or phone on 9227 5440
  • Contact Felix Ross, Community Development Officer (Youth), City of Melville via email or phone on 9364 0666
  • Stay up to date with opportunities and outcomes of this project by clicking 'Follow Engagement' at the top of this page.


About the project

Why is the City developing a new Youth Strategy?

The City of Melville is creating a new Youth Strategy to replace the previous version from 2016. The Strategy will set out a road map for a joint approach to supporting and engaging with youth, ensuring we continue to be a local government that values our young people - now and into the future. It is the City's key strategic document in regards to young people.

The Youth Strategy will seek to:

  • Guide and focus the City's work with, and for, young people
  • Ensure that the City delivers best practice services for young people and their families
  • Utilise a strong evidence base to help the City better meet the needs and aspirations of our younger community 
  • Ensure that we actively engage with young people and are responsive to their needs
  • Outline how we will enhance the wellbeing of young people. 

Who are YACWA?

YACWA is the peak non-government youth organisation in Western Australia. YACWA operates primarily as a human rights organisation that seeks to address the exclusion of young people in a rapidly changing society.

YACWA’s continued vision for Western Australia is one that celebrates and engages young people in all aspects of the community.

How we engaged with the community

Community consultation to develop the Youth Strategy was delivered from June to August 2021 and included:

  • A print and online survey for young people aged 12 to 25
  • An online survey for parents and caregivers
  • Four youth workshops—three in partnership with organisations and one Young Changemaker event at AH Bracks Library
  • A postcard campaign with the single question ‘What is your one wild idea?’
  • An art competition with the themes of places, memories, connection, and the future
  • One on one conversations with organisations and services
  • Two staff workshops

Information about development of the Strategy, including the opportunity to participate, was delivered to the community through multiple City channels, including the City’s website, the City’s Facebook and Instagram pages, the Melville Matters and Melville Talks e-News and posters in City libraries, community centres and recreation centres. Other methods included direct engagement with local schools, Murdoch University, sporting organisations and community groups, social media promotion on community Facebook pages, and promotion of the survey by the young peer researchers.

Public comment on the draft strategy closed on Sunday, 7 November 2021. Twp submissions were received.

Peer Researcher

About the role

As a peer researcher, you will help us design and deliver a youth survey, workshop activities, postcard campaign and art competition.  You will then go out and survey approximately 30 young people aged 12 to 25. You may also have an opportunity to co-facilitate youth workshops (if that interests you) and importantly we'll seek your advice on how to promote and market this project to young people. 

This is a unique opportunity to develop your experience and skills, while helping the City understand the issues that are important to young people in the community. Training will be provided.

Your commitment

You will need to commit to each phase of the project including training, survey delivery, co-design and debriefing. There are three key sessions you will need to attend, and the fourth session is optional:

  • Training and co-design session 1 (4 hours) – Saturday 12 June, 10.00am to 2.00pm
  • Training and co-design session 2 (3 hours) – Saturday 19 June, 1.00pm to 4.00pm
  • Consultation de-brief (2 hours) – Wednesday 21 July 5.30pm to 7.30pm
  • Young Change maker workshop (optional) (3 hours) – TBC

The survey delivery phase will run from Tuesday 22 June to Sunday 18 July, and you will need to gather 30 surveys from young people in that time.

You will also need to participate in one of the following elements (that you can choose depending on your skills and interests):

  • Help design a promotional video
  • Judge the art competition
  • Present findings to council and/or City staff

What do you receive as a peer researcher?

As a peer researcher you will receive $600 for your work if you attend all training sessions, deliver the full number of surveys, and participate in one other element. You will be paid $200 on delivery of the first 15 surveys, $200 for the next 15 surveys and $200 after you attend the debrief session and complete the final element.

We will provide you with training on a variety of topics, including effective consultation, managing difficult discussions and confidentiality. You will receive food and drinks at all the training sessions and a certificate of completion (which can be included on your resume)

Who is eligible to be a peer researcher?

To be eligible you must meet all the following criteria:

  • Be between 16 and 25 years old (when you apply)
  • Live, work, study, recreate or volunteer in the City of Melville (if you do not meet these criteria but you spend a considerable amount of time in the City, then your application may be considered)
  • Have an interest in issues that face young people and a willingness to share ideas
  • Be able to confidently communicate with young people from a variety of backgrounds
  • Be able to commit to all the training sessions and deliver surveys in the timeframe outlined above
  • Be willing to apply for a Working with Children Check if you are aged 18 or over (the application fee will be paid for and we will help you with this process)
  • Have parental consent to participate if you are under the age of 18

Who's Listening?

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NameLianda Gibson, YACWA
Phone08 9227 5440

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NameFelix Ross, Community Development Officer (Youth), City of Melville
Phone08 9364 0666


  • 14 May - 2 June 2021
  • Peer Researcher recruitment
  • 23 June - 1 August 2021
  • Youth Survey
  • 23 June - 1 August 2021
  • Parents and caregivers survey
  • 12 June 2021
  • Peer Researcher session 1
    Training and co-design
  • 19 June 2021
  • Peer Researcher session 2
    Training and co-design
  • 26 July 2021
  • Peer Researcher session 3
    Consultation de-brief
  • Tuesday, 10 August 2021
  • Young Changemaker workshop
  • July - August 2021
  • Interviews
    Community organisations, local businesses and service providers
  • 16 July to 13 August 2021
  • Youth Strategy Art Competition open for submissions
  • 22 October - 7 November 2021
  • Public comment period
    Community are invited to provide comment on the final draft
  • February 2022
  • Ordinary Meeting of Council
    Report item will be presented at an Ordinary Meeting of Council.

Opportunities to Get Involved

There is no further opportunities to be involved in the development of the strategy. The 


Public comment on the draft closed Sunday, 7 November 2021. We received two submissions in support of the draft Directions from Young People Youth Strategy 2022 - 2025. 

The next steps in the process is to present the report, including an officer recommendation, at a future Ordinary Meeting of Council. To stay updated with the outcomes of this project, simply follow the engagement at the top of this page.

Read the draft Strategy

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