The Northern Territory Youth Strategy has been launched and will underpin youth policy for the next ten years.
The roadmap is a product of feedback from more than 200 young Territorians and 50 stakeholders across the NT.
Issues highlighted as important to young people include; challenges with entering the rental market, mental health support and climate action.
The Strategy aims to outline the aspirations of young people.
The blueprint is supported by three action plans, with the first to be released in the 2023-24 financial year.
Minister for Youth Lauren Moss says the action plans will chart the practical steps used to meet the aspirations of the Territory’s young people.
“The Territory Labor Government has listened to young Territorians and now we have a comprehensive understanding of issues that matter to them,” she says.
“This is about empowering young people to achieve their full potential, so they can be socially connected, positive participants in their communities.
“Our future rests on our young Territorians and we want to ensure we give them every opportunity to grow, thrive, and stay in the Territory.”
A Project Reference Group (PRG) – comprised of young people from the NT Youth Round Table, NT Council of Social Services, regional youth advisory groups, and the NT Government – oversaw the development of the Strategy.
NT Youth Strategy PRG Co-chair Jordan Humphreys says young people in the Northern Territory have been the primary drivers of the strategy.
“Throughout this project we have been handed the reins to make sure this is very much a document for youth, created by youth.
“I’m optimistic this strategy provides a clear direction to the Northern Territory Government to elevate the lives of young Territorians.”