Young people

The Department of Communities develops programs and policies that meet the needs of Western Australian young people aged 10 to 25 years.
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The Youth portfolio, through the Department of Communities, leads a whole-of-government approach to improving outcomes for all young people in Western Australia aged 10 to 25 years.  We work in partnership with young people, the youth sector, community groups and across all levels of government to support the development of programs and initiatives that meet the diverse needs of young people. 

Young people aged 10 to 25 years make up nearly 20 per cent of Western Australia’s population. The focus areas for the Department of Communities’ work includes:

  • Youth development - initiatives that support young people to build life skills and develop the knowledge and confidence they need to be involved in community life, and to respond to issues that impact them
  • Youth engagement - initiatives that engage young people and provide opportunities for them to have a voice in decisions that affect them
  • Positive promotion - opportunities to promote and celebrate young people for who they are and the positive contributions they make to the community
  • Advocacy - raising awareness of the needs of young people to ensure their needs are considered in decision-making. 


News story

Celebrating International Youth Day 2023

Celebrating young people aged 10 to 25 across Western Australia and the important contribution that young people make to our community, and drawing attention to the social, cultural and legal issues affecting young people.