About TYF

Want some action?

If you are between 12 and 25 years, the Tasmanian Youth Forum (TYF) is your peak body and aims to represent you and your biggest issues.  Some of the opportunities that you can become involved in through TYF include:

  • Responding to Tasmanian government policies and priorities
  • Having your say on the issues that you think that the Government and other groups need to act on
  • Developing strategies to help you and other young people to become more involved in the community

TYF is an initiative of the Youth Network of Tasmania (YNOT) with funding from the Department of Premier and Cabinet, through Communities, Sport and Recreation Tasmania.

How can you become involved?

TYF Statewide Forums

One of the main ways that you can be involved in TYF is through the TYF Statewide Forums.  The forums are topic-based events that aim to provide you with the chance to talk about the issues that you are passionate about, as well as plan strategies to make change in your community.  The forum topics are chosen by TYF members, and can be very broad!  Some examples of past topics are youth homelessness, social inclusion, climate change and transport.

You can come along to a TYF forum if you are between the ages of 12 and 25, and interested in having your say on the forum topic!  After the forum, a report of what happened is written up by a participant and then given to politicians, government representatives and important groups.

The TYF Statewide Forums are held at least twice a year, usually in cities like Launceston or Hobart, which are easy for people to get to.  Sometimes they are held on the weekend, but usually during the week.  If you need help getting to a forum, we can help with that too.

Other ways you can become involved

If you would like to become a TYF member you can sign up to be on our contact list.  Once on the contact list you will be informed of upcoming forums, as well as other opportunities
These opportunities include:

  • Helping the TYF Policy and Project Officer to organise and run events
  • Attend meetings with politicians and key groups on behalf of TYF to represent the views of young Tasmanians
  • Being on grant or judging panels, for example on the Southern Cross Young Achiever Award’s Panel
  • Representing young Tasmanians on boards or committees, for example the National Youth Week Steering Committee
  • Participation in conferences
  • Taking part in media interviews.

How to join

TYF is always looking for new members!  We value hearing from people with different perspectives and experiences - no qualifications necessary, just an enthusiasm for youth issues and a willingness to participate! If you would like to be a part of TYF, contact TYF’s Policy and Project Officer.