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About the program

Held in Brisbane, the Queensland Indigenous Youth Leadership Program (QIYLP) is a six-day residential program with all travel, meals and accommodation provided for the participants and mentors attending. This program is proudly delivered with sponsorship and support from Glencore Coal Assets Australia since 2009.

QIYLP is the flagship component of the Queensland Indigenous Youth Leadership Strategy. The program provides an exciting opportunity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders, 18–25 years of age, to come together to strengthen their leadership skills and build their capacity to drive change in local communities.

Since it began in 2004, more than 630 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people have participated in the program, with many returning in subsequent years as mentors, lead mentors and program facilitators.

2022 QYILP program

The QIYLP residential program will be held from 25–30 June 2022.

Nominations for the 2022 program are now closed.

For further information about this year’s program, download the Queensland Indigenous Youth Leadership Program Fact Sheet for 2022 (PDF, 908 KB) .

Participants who attend QIYLP are required to have received all required COVID-19 vaccinations or have an approved recorded medical contraindication. Proof of COVID vaccination will be required as part of the application process.

What to expect at QIYLP?

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Queensland Indigenous Youth Leadership Program at Eric Deeral Youth Parliament on 17th December 2020.

QIYLP provides participants with the opportunity to develop their leadership skills along with self-development skills, ensuring they have the essential tools to develop and lead their own community projects and help drive improved outcomes in their communities. The program provides:

  • Intensive leadership workshops — facilitated by Indigenous community leaders and content experts.
  • Mentoring and networking opportunities — participants can network with high-profile politicians, respected elders and community leaders from Queensland's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, and representatives of the Queensland Government.
  • Guidance on how to write a Community Project Proposal.
  • Career development opportunities — providing participants with links to employment opportunities, alumni development program, and access to ongoing mentoring and training.

The program culminates in the one-day Eric Deeral Indigenous Youth Parliament delivered by the Queensland Parliamentary Services, providing participants with an opportunity to grow their understanding of parliament processes and experience parliament first-hand delivering speeches in the chambers.

If you have any questions please contact the Program Co-ordinator on 0459 899 637, during business hours (Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 5.00pm) or email qiylp@des.qld.gov.au.