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About the program

The 2019 Queensland Indigenous Youth Leadership Program was held in Brisbane from 29 June to 3 July, followed by the Eric Deeral Indigenous Youth Parliament on 4 July 2019.

The program has focus on leadership skills development and community issues. The objectives are specifically tailored to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders to work together to develop community project proposals to help address community issues and drive change.

The program culminates in the one-day Eric Deeral Indigenous Youth Parliament delivered by Queensland Parliamentary Services, providing participants with a first-hand experience of democratic processes.

The program is an exciting opportunity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders (18-25 years), from remote, regional and urban communities to develop leadership skills and learn how to make a change in their communities.

The Office for Youth in partnership with Glencore Coal Assets Australia meets all reasonable travel, meals and accommodation expenses for participants attending the program.

The program also provides participants with opportunities to:

  • take part in leadership and professional development workshops
  • learn how to create and write a community project proposal
  • take advantage of mentoring and networking opportunities with Elders and respected Indigenous community leaders, past participants and stakeholders
  • experience the role of a member of parliament and deliver a speech in Parliament Chambers as part of the Eric Deeral Indigenous Youth Parliament.

Queensland Indigenous Youth Leadership Program Official Opening at Parliament House with guests speakers, 1 July 2019