Youth Advisory Committee



Aged 12 to 25? Interested in being part of our Youth Advisory Committee (YAC)?

If you live, work or play in the Barossa (or surrounding areas) and want to get involved in organising local events or want to have a voice in your community then register your interest via email or by filling out the attached pdf form.  

What is YAC Barossa?

A YAC is a group of young people that meet on a regular basis. They share ideas and work together to develop solutions to issues that affect their lives and communities.  

What does YAC Barossa do?

YACs brainstorm ideas to make their communities a better place for young people to live. They plan and deliver programs such as Youth Week, community events and competitions. They speak out for the young people of the community and provide advice to organisations who are seeking youth opinion.  

What if I’m not quite sure?

We encourage all young people considering joining YAC Barossa to attend one meeting as a guest first, to ensure that you like the way our meetings are run, meet all the group and see if this type of Committee is for you.  

What's in it for me?

  • You'll get to meet new people
  • Increase your extracurricular activities
  • Have a say in your local community
  • Get free training
  • Have dinner provided on meeting nights


YAC Committee Members



YAC Barossa meet the last Tuesday of every month in the Council Chambers from 6pm till 8pm. Check out YAC Barossa Facebook page for updates.

To register your details email Barossa Council's Youth Officer Coorindator Brooke Chinner  or call 08 8563 8415.



What is a YAC or Youth Advisory Committee?

  • Youth Advisory Committees (YACs) are groups of young people aged 13-25 years who work in partnership with local councils to provide advice on decisions that affect their lives.
  • YACs also plan activities and projects that encourage young people’s active engagement in their local communities.
  • Each YAC differs depending on their location and the demographics and social issues of their region. Their priority and the resources allocated to them also differ.
  • Some YACs operate as formal section 41 sub-committees of Council, others use informal structures or operate as interest groups that form and disband as required.
  • The Office for Youth provides state coordination of the Youth Advisory Committee program within South Australia. 

Despite their differences, all Youth Advisory Committees are:

  • Established by Local Council or Governing Boards and approved by the elected membership
  • Made up of young people aged 13-25 years that are hosted, guided and supported through their  partnership with Local Council or Governing Boards
  • Run by young people themselves and provide opportunities for young people to be empowered, learn and develop skills
  • Inclusive of the diverse range of young people living in, or accessing the local area, and reflective of its diversity i.e. gender, age, culture, physical ability and geographic location
  • Open to every young person aged 13-25 years, and provide strategies and regular opportunities for new members to join
  • Not limited to a single issue or working party, rather reflect the range of interests and/or issues affecting young people locally
  • Operate in a variety of models that reflect local needs, resources and priorities.