n Commonwealth Youth and Development - Youth and governance : a case study of the Foundation for Young Australians

Volume 5, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1727-7140



This article outlines work undertaken with the Foundation for Young Australians (FYA). The research team was commissioned to evaluate the outcomes of youth governance changes that had been processed by the foundation's board. This article is the last in the series that discusses the importance of change at organisational level that provides young people with the opportunity to make decisions on the boards of incorporated organisations such as the foundation. It utilised the work by Commonwealth youth ministers and the United Nations Social Development Committee (UNSDC) to embed the FYA principles in an international context to strengthen the learning for other organisations.

This article reflects on that literature and lists five principles that were utilised as a framework for the future. The aim of publishing it, based on the final report, is to continue to contribute to the development of good practice in other organisations that are focused on ensuring that young people have a meaningful role in the decision making of the governance of our communities.

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