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Monaro youth urged
to apply for the
youth advisory council
Member for Monaro John
Barilaro is encouraging local
young people to apply for a
position on the 2018 NSW
Youth Advisory Council (YAC),
with applications now open.
The NSW YAC has a
statutory role to advise the
NSW Government on issues of
importance to young people,
as well as monitor and evaluate
youth-related policies and
sought from diverse locations,
Mr Barilaro said the NSW
YAC provides an important
avenue for children and young
people in the local area to have
a say on Government policies
“I encourage young people
in the Monaro to apply to
represent local youth and have
a say on issues important to our
community,” Mr Barilaro said.
“The feedback received
from the Council plays an
important role in assisting
the NSW Government to
develop effective policies and
2017 YAC Chair, Declan
Drake, found it rewarding to
represent his peers.
“I’ve learned a great deal,
but also genuinely feel I’ve had
the opportunity to engage with
matters I consider important to
my generation,” Mr Drake said.
One of the key roles of the
NSW YAC is to provide advice
to the Advocate for Children
and Young People, Andrew
Mr Johnson, said the 12
person Council meets regularly
throughout the year to monitor
and evaluate policies and
legislation that affect young
“The advice of the 2017 NSW
YAC has been instrumental to
our work throughout the year,”
Mr Johnson said.
“The Council also met with
various NSW Government
Departments, such as NSW
Health, Multicultural NSW and
NESA and helped organise
events such as IDEATION 2017
and Youth Week.
“I urge young people to put
their hand up to be the next
NSW YAC leaders,” he said.
Council membership is open
to all NSW residents between
the ages of 12 and 24.
For more information and
application forms please visit
the Advocate for Children and
Young People’s website www.
acyp.nsw.gov.au or by call (02)
9248 0970. Please note that
applications close at 11.59pm
on Saturday 30 September
Drama students under HSC spotlight
The Bombala High School’s Jessica Herron, Seanna Cox and Logan Crotty
performed both a group performance and individual projects for the HSC Drama
Examination markers last week.
On Wednesday, August 30, three
markers from the NSW Educational
Standards Authority arrived at
the Bombala High School to
facilitate the practical HSC Drama
Students are required to create
and perform a self-devised Group
Performance and must also
produce an Individual Project.
candidates this year all chose
to perform a monologue for the
Seanna Cox, Jessica Herron and
Logan Crotty were the candidates
this year and all of them performed
beyond their previous best.
Despite the inevitable periods of
self-doubt, each student took to the
stage with confidence in their ability
and demonstrated high standards of
The group piece was entitled ‘Tea
Party’ and the students worked
as an ensemble admirably. This
performance was their best to date
and the examiners appreciated their
For their individual monologues,
Seanna performed ‘Confessions’,
Jessica performed ‘Forget About
and Logan presented
‘Homeless’. Each student gave an
impressive performance and should
be congratulated for their efforts.
Many thanks to all members
of the school community who
contributed to the students’
Vet opens doors of opportunity for Monaro youth
The NSW Government celebrated
National Skills Week with a campaign
to bust the myths around Vocational
Education & Training (VET) for young
Member for Monaro and Minister
for Skills John Barilaro said the
Government’s “Doors of Opportunity”
campaign would help to shift
perceptions about VET.
“NSW has Australia’s
performing VET sector - our students,
apprentices and trainees are earning
while they learn and getting trained for
the jobs of the future.
“The campaign is about helping
students, parents, teachers and
employers across the state better
understand VET as a credible
alternative to university.
“VET opens doors to fantastic
career and lifestyle opportunities for
people of all ages. It gives people
access to skills that employers want –
now and in the future.”
Mr Barilaro said VET can open
opportunities in diverse careers from
healthcare and cybersecurity to
agriculture, tourism or a traditional
“Most people don’t realise VET
qualifications are now more likely
to give them the skills they need to
secure the jobs of the future.
“VET graduates get into work
sooner, get paid more and can train
for occupations predicted to have the
greatest new job growth over the next
five years, like information technology,
health and aged care and hospitality.
“In fact a recent Skilling Australia
report showed VET is actually a more
certain pathway to employment than
university and offers better prospects
for higher pay.
“Some 78 per cent of VET
graduates are employed after training
versus 69 per cent for university
graduates – and, on average, VET
graduates also earn $2,000 more.
“We have done the work over the
past three years to overhaul our VET
system with Smart and Skilled which
has brought a new era of stability,
efficiency and quality.
“Our hard work is paying off with
strong growth of nearly 40 per cent in
the number of people taking on VET
in NSW last year,” he said.
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