Tasmanian Youth Conference

Tasmanian Youth Conference 2017

2017 was the fourth time TYC was open to young people aged 12-25 and to the wider youth sector.  TYC17 attracted around 280 attendees making it one of the largest community sector conferences in Tasmania!

Workshops and presentations were divided into sessions for:

-       Young people;

-       youth sector workers; and

-       young people and the youth sector combined.

The conference was opened by Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier, and Community and Veterans’ Affairs, the Honourable Sarah Courtney MP, and was hosted, for the fourth time, by local journalist, Tali Aulilitia. Over the two days, TYC included various presentations, workshops, interactive sessions, key note speakers and entertainment. Some of these included hearing from keynote speakers Orange Sky Laundry who were young Australians of the year in 2016, as well as activities such as a virtual reality experience and an art exhibition provided by Youth Arts & Recreation Centre and Trinity Hill.

Hosted by the Breath of Fresh Air Film Festival (BOFA), TYC Flix was the evening event held as part of the conference this year, which showcased an Aussie made documentary called The Opposition. It was a chilled, pyjama themed evening of entertainment filled with pizza, paella and an expert popcorn maker! It also included a Q & A session with the producer of the film, Madeleine Hetherton.

Many organisations, in addition to sending workers along, took the opportunity to promote their services and interact with attendees in the exhibition space, with 31 stallholders representing statewide youth led organisations and the Tasmanian youth sector.

Young people aged 12-25 came from all over the state to participate, with 57% identifying as female, 43% male and approximately 10% of all young people identifying as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander. Young people made their way from as far south as Cygnet and as far north as Smithton. With the generous support of politicians and community groups, YNOT was able to offer 59 sponsored places to young people who would otherwise face barriers in being able to attend.  This was consistent with the number of sponsored positions that were available in 2015.  Due to the generous donations from local businesses, several prizes were up for grabs during both days of TYC, including at the conference wrap up.

YNOT would like to thank the young people, workers, volunteers and organisations who all contributed to making TYC17 a successful event. Particularly the time taken to provide conference feedback, as there had been a 42% increase in feedback responses compared with TYC15. A special thanks also to Communities, Sport and Recreation Tasmania, in the Department of Premier and Cabinet as the major funding body for YNOT, TYF and the Tasmanian Youth Conference.

When is the next TYC?

YNOT will be working in 2018 to secure funding to ensure TYC can be held in 2019. Stay tuned for details!