The position of Youth Policy Officer, funded by the Office of Children and Families, allows for a more significant response to youth policy issues in the NT and the capacity to meaningfully engage with and consult with remote community organisations.
NTCOSS has been involved in significant youth related work including advocacy and policy development. There are currently significant government initiatives and youth sector issues in the NT, such as the widely recognised need for a specialised youth justice system, the Alice Springs Youth Action Plan, a lack of youth organisation networks outside of Darwin, the potential impact of Income management on young people, the Family Responsibility Act and the Child Protection Inquiry, homelessness and the lack of AOD and mental health services specific to young people.
For a number of years, NTCOSS and the youth sector have called for funding for a youth peak in the NT, which continues to be the only jurisdiction without such a body.
Two key aims of this project are to;
1. Facilitate input from youth sector organisations, including those in regional and remote centres in the Northern Territory, to social policy development and advocacy, including input into Government reviews and consultative processes.
2. Facilitate the development of partnership opportunities between the Department of Health and Families and the youth sector