The Commissioner has repeatedly heard from young South Australians that they are feeling frustrated and sidelined as they continue to be denied opportunities to participate in decision making because of a perceived lack of knowledge and experience, and that their opinions are therefore not valid.

South Australian teenagers having a growing appetite for mechanisms that are representative of young people and which deliver on their own agendas – not those of adults, which they see as being slow and ill-informed when it comes to knowing the complexities of the lives and experiences of today’s young people.

The South Australian Student Representative Council (SA SRC) has been devised to address this shortfall by offering school students in Years 10, 11 and 12 a model of representation that will ensure they have a voice in policy and decision making that is led by young people themselves.

An initiative of the Commissioner for Children and Young People with support from the Foundation for Young Australians (FYA), the SA SRC is a body consisting of up to 150 student members in Years 10, 11 and 12 from across the state, working together to create genuine, student-led change within their own communities.

Applications for the 2024 SA SRC have now closed. Applications for the 2025 SA SRC will open in November.

Crucial to the SA SRC’s success has been attracting young people from regional, rural and outback locations to represent their communities in addition to those living in metropolitan Adelaide. Financial support is offered to assist with costs related to attending the annual SA SRC Summit in Adelaide.

The SA SRC brings together passionate young people who are unwilling to accept the status quo, harnessing their energy and ideas to create a better future, not only for themselves, but for future generations of young South Australians.

Council members are equipped with the resources, skills, and confidence they’ll need to enact the change they want to see.

The state-wide SA SRC is about having an opportunity to meet other passionate like-minded young people, identify issues, and build skills and knowledge that leads to action in the areas young people care about most. The SA SRC is an inclusive action-orientated body of young people. Members work together on the issues they raise and determine how to tackle them in ways they think will make a lasting difference.

In the words of an SA SRC alum: “If we are able to empower the youth of SA then they will believe them themselves and create a snowball effect and make the world a better place.”

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