Are you a young South Australian who wants to participate in decision-making? If you’re a student who is going into, or already in years 10, 11 or 12 at school, you can apply to be a member of the statewide student representative council. This council operates a little differently from most school SRCs in that it is wholly student led. This means that young people who want to work with other likeminded young people to bring about the changes in society they wish to see can be part of a council whose focus is just that! Setting the agendas and delivering on the changes that are needed to improve the lives of all young South Australians.
The South Australian Student Representative Council (SA SRC) ensures young people have a voice in policy and decision making on those issues and areas which matter to you most.
An initiative of South Australia’s Commissioner for Children and Young People, Helen Connolly, presented in partnership with the Foundation for Young Australians (FYA) and supported by the National Indigenous Youth Education Coalition (NIYEC), the SA SRC is a body consisting of approximately 160 members selected annually. Students in Years 10, 11 and 12 from across the state, work together throughout the school year to create genuine, student-led change within their own communities.
An annual SA SRC Summit held in Adelaide each year, provides the opportunity for new and returning members to meet and determine which issues will be prioritised by the various project groups for the coming year.
Project groups meet regularly online to determine the actions they wish to undertake to address the issues they’ve prioritised, with guidance and support provided by members of the CCYP, FYA and NIYEC teams.
Applications for membership open in late November each year. For more information about applying click here.
“If we are able to empower the youth of SA then they will believe in themselves and create a snowball effect that will make the world a better place.” – 2023 SA SRC Member
SA SRC issues prioritised for action
Below is the list of current SA SRC issues that were prioritised by members who attended the Inaugural SA SRC Summit held in March this year. Member Groups are working together on actions that will bring positive change in relation to these issues.