Youth Week

Youth Week began as a NSW Government initiative in 1989, and has since grown to be a celebration of young people in every state and territory across the country.

It is organised by young people, for young people, in communities across NSW and Australia. Following the success of the NSW Youth Week program, Youth Week became a national event in 2000. National Youth Week is jointly supported by the Australian Government, State and Territory Governments and Local Governments.

National Youth Week is an opportunity for young people to:

  • share ideas
  • attend live events
  • have their voices heard on issues of concern to them
  • showcase their talents
  • celebrate their contribution to the community
  • take part in competitions
  • have fun!

To find our more about Youth Week, you can check out the NSW Youth Week website.


Our community has experienced a once-in-a-generation disruption to our lives. But it remains important that we continue to connect with each other and celebrate the contribution of young people in our community. There’s never been a more important time to speak up, be involved, get connected and have fun!
Council has partnered with a range of local groups to develop a special online program of events for Youth Week 2020, over an extended timeframe. See below for details of how to get involved. 



Short Stuff is a Film Competition for Young People aged 12-24 who live, work, study or play in the Georges River and Sutherland Shire Local Government Areas. The film competition takes place over three weeks and young people must create all aspects of their film over this period. To ensure that the films entered to this competition were made for this competition; films must be based on the decided Short Stuff theme - What Community Means to Me. All films entered are judged by a panel of judges who work in the film and creative industries. 

Due to social distancing protocols we are encouraging young people to get creative, make a film in their room, backyard or garage!
Entries are now open. There are hundreds of dollars in Westfield gift vouchers to be won!


Films due: Weds 29th April
Two week voting period: 30th April – Thursday 14 May
Live Stream: 16 May

For more information and to enter your film head to the Short Stuff website.



GRYLA is a creative writing short story competition that has been established to reflect the aspirations and experiences of young people. The competition is open to high school students Years 7-12 who live, study or play in the Georges River local government area.

For more information and to enter head to the Georges River Youth Literature Award website



The St George Youth Award are organised by the St George Youth Network and Georges River Youth Advisory Committee and has relaunched as part of Youth Week 2020 to celebrate and recognise the outstanding achievements and contributions of young people in our community.

To be eligible to win, a young person must be aged 12-18 and lives, work, study or play in the Georges River Area LGA. There are hundreds of dollars in Westfield gift vouchers to be won!

The nomination period has been extended until the 30th of April.

To nominate a young person aged 12-18 click here

Categories include:

•    Young Entrepreneur
Awarded to a young person who has demonstrated excellent initiative in ‘bringing their ideas to life’ through starting or operating a sustainable business, program, charity, social enterprise or platform. 

•    Young Volunteer
Awarded to a young person who has shown outstanding dedication and contribution to one or more specific areas leading to the betterment of the Georges River community and provided their time voluntarily during the past year, or given outstanding service to the community over a number of years.

•    Act of Kindness
Nominate a young person who has been involved in an act of kindness within the community in the past year.

•    Community Impact  
This category will award a young person who has gone above and beyond to have a positive community impact in the wider community. This can be in a paid or unpaid capacity. 



On April 15, local youth services Project Youth and headspace will be spearheading a campaign to end youth homelessness. We’re encouraging young people and everyone in our community to spread the word on social media April 15. To find out more about Youth Homelessness Matters Day and for an information and digital poster pack, head to the Youth Homelessness Matters Day website


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