Draft Youth Action Plan 2019-2023

Consultation has concluded


Canterbury-Bankstown is home to more than 65,000 young people aged 12-24, which make up about 17 per cent of the total population. Young people are a valuable part of our community and contribute to our city in a range of ways; they are active members of local community, cultural, creative and sporting groups, volunteers, students and workers.

The Draft Youth Action Plan highlights the City’s youth as highly culturally diverse, open-minded and supportive of each other, focusing on what unites and connects them. They have enormous talent, great ideas and a broad range of skills. They are resilient and bounce back quickly in the face of challenges. They are optimistic and excited about the future, and the future of our City.

The Youth Action Plan is structured around objectives that contribute to building the resilience of young people and improving their connection to the community and Council. It also emphasises the need for Council to work together with young people, local stakeholders and government to take a holistic approach, and the need to take a strategic leadership role in seeking the best outcomes for young people in our City.

Community involvement in creating this plan

Community engagement with young people, parents and carers, youth service providers, and Council staff formed a key part of the development of this Action Plan, including:

  • Online survey (193 respondents)
  • Pop-up and intercept surveys (8 events)
  • Focus group (8 participants)
  • Youth services interagency (30 participants)

For more information about community engagement that informed the plan, refer to the Youth Plan Background and Needs Report.

What’s in the plan

The Plan outlines objectives and actions under the following seven key priorities:

  • Services and programs;
  • Youth friendly places and spaces;
  • Health and wellbeing;
  • Education and employment;
  • Cultural diversity;
  • Civic participation; and
  • Inclusion.

The plan also identifies five transformation actions:

  • CBCity resources – Expand existing website that provides information on youth services, programs and events;
  • Female Safe Zones – Dedicated public spaces with signage to welcome all girls and women.
  • Clearing the Fog – A flagship program to increase young people’s understanding of mental health and wellbeing, including amongst parents and within culturally and linguistically diverse communities;
  • Life After School 101 – Upskilling young people around education and employment pathways; and
  • Youth Speaks – A youth-led forum/expo to communicate the challenges and benefits of intergenerational relationships, family cultural expectations, and volunteering.

Exhibition Period

The exhibition period for the Draft Youth Action Plan was from Thursday 29 August to Monday 28 October 2019.

Have your say

Thank you to all those who have provided their feedback. Submissions are now closed and under review with Council.

For more information

If you would like to discuss this Draft Youth Action Plan, call Council’s Engagement Team on 9707 9771.


Canterbury-Bankstown is home to more than 65,000 young people aged 12-24, which make up about 17 per cent of the total population. Young people are a valuable part of our community and contribute to our city in a range of ways; they are active members of local community, cultural, creative and sporting groups, volunteers, students and workers.

The Draft Youth Action Plan highlights the City’s youth as highly culturally diverse, open-minded and supportive of each other, focusing on what unites and connects them. They have enormous talent, great ideas and a broad range of skills. They are resilient and bounce back quickly in the face of challenges. They are optimistic and excited about the future, and the future of our City.

The Youth Action Plan is structured around objectives that contribute to building the resilience of young people and improving their connection to the community and Council. It also emphasises the need for Council to work together with young people, local stakeholders and government to take a holistic approach, and the need to take a strategic leadership role in seeking the best outcomes for young people in our City.

Community involvement in creating this plan

Community engagement with young people, parents and carers, youth service providers, and Council staff formed a key part of the development of this Action Plan, including:

  • Online survey (193 respondents)
  • Pop-up and intercept surveys (8 events)
  • Focus group (8 participants)
  • Youth services interagency (30 participants)

For more information about community engagement that informed the plan, refer to the Youth Plan Background and Needs Report.

What’s in the plan

The Plan outlines objectives and actions under the following seven key priorities:

  • Services and programs;
  • Youth friendly places and spaces;
  • Health and wellbeing;
  • Education and employment;
  • Cultural diversity;
  • Civic participation; and
  • Inclusion.

The plan also identifies five transformation actions:

  • CBCity resources – Expand existing website that provides information on youth services, programs and events;
  • Female Safe Zones – Dedicated public spaces with signage to welcome all girls and women.
  • Clearing the Fog – A flagship program to increase young people’s understanding of mental health and wellbeing, including amongst parents and within culturally and linguistically diverse communities;
  • Life After School 101 – Upskilling young people around education and employment pathways; and
  • Youth Speaks – A youth-led forum/expo to communicate the challenges and benefits of intergenerational relationships, family cultural expectations, and volunteering.

Exhibition Period

The exhibition period for the Draft Youth Action Plan was from Thursday 29 August to Monday 28 October 2019.

Have your say

Thank you to all those who have provided their feedback. Submissions are now closed and under review with Council.

For more information

If you would like to discuss this Draft Youth Action Plan, call Council’s Engagement Team on 9707 9771.