2015 National Youth Awards | Applications now open

Picture1The National Youth Awards are the national event of NYW.

The Awards recognise and celebrate the outstanding achievements of young people. The Awards are unique because the finalists and winners are selected by a panel of all young people. This unique Australian Government initiative is for those aged between 12-25 years old as of 16 April 2015. Individuals can be nominated for an Award or can apply for the Award themselves.

Also open for applications is the Youth in Media Award, which recognises a recent news story which has positively portrayed youth in the media.

Before you begin:

Please ensure that you have read the 2015 Applicant Guidelines. The Guidelines outline the application and nomination process for the 2015 Awards.

Download the National Youth Awards 2015 Guidelines as DOCX

Download the National Youth Awards 2015 Guidelines as PDF

The Awards will be open from 10 October 2014 and will close at 12pm Australian Eastern Daylight Savings Time (AEDST) on 27 November 2014. No late applications will be accepted.

To Apply:

If you or the person you are nominating are applying for the following Awards:

  • Youth Leadership Award
  • Youth Culture and Diversity Award
  • Youth Employment Award
  • Youth Courage Award
  • Youth Health Award
  • Youth Safety Award

Please complete the relevant application form below:

Download the National Youth Awards 2015 Application Form

Or if you would like to nominate a news story for the Youth in Media Award, please complete the form below:

Download the National Youth Awards 2015 Youth In Media Application Form

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Please email nya@education.gov.au if you have any questions relating to the National Youth Awards.


Would you LIke to Host Connie Condom Dress?

For the past 6 years for National Youth Week the HIV & Related Programmes Unit(HARP) from the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District have put out an Expression of Interest to youth services to create a dress made out of condoms, which has affectionately come to be known as ‘Connie’ over the years.

This year HARP supplied a $100 Spotlight gift voucher, the model and condoms and the young people at the Thirroul Youth Centre supplied the creativity, design and construction.

See the making of Connie Condom 2014

Would you like to host Connie Condom dress at your service or organisation? The team from the HARP Unit will deliver, set up and pack down Connie if you can provide a space for her that is seen by plenty of people for a 2 week period of time at your organisation.

Please return the EOI form below to Jennifer.farinella@sesiahs.health.nsw.gov.au by Friday 25th July

Connie Condom Dress EOI form

HARPs intention in displaying Connie is to raise awareness of condom usage and encourage young people to visit sexual health clinics and GPs for testing. We hope to spark interest in and create an environment whereby Sexually Transmissible Infections (STIs) can be discussed, accepted and ultimately prevented without fear, myth, stigma or discrimination.  Such an open atmosphere will be a key to reducing the risk factors for HIV and STIs in the future.


Rites of Passsage Download | Youth Week 2014

2014-04-11 13_20_08-YOUTH WEEK FREE DOWNLOAD _ Rites Of PassageThe theme of National Youth Week this year is “Our Voice, Our Impact”.

We are pleased to announce that Beyond Empathy will contribute to the celebration and conversation of National Youth Week, and offer FREE downloads of Rites of Passage over the next 10 days.

Help us spread the word about Rites of Passage and let the voices of the young people who made the film have an even greater impact across our community.

Click here for link to download.