Shaping the Future: A new approach to policy that works for young people

Andrea Verdich
Policy Manager

Date & Time

November 15, 2023

8.45am - 3.30pm


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Invitation only



Shaping the Future: A new approach to policy that works for young people is a nationally significant conversation on how young people are positioned within the policy development and implementation landscape in Australia.

The invitation only roundtable will connect policymakers, young people and the youth sector with a multidisciplinary group of Academy Fellows and social sciences experts to consider the current state, international leading practice and interrelated thematic area priorities: belonging, wellbeing and security.

Presenters include:

Chair for the day and discussion lead: Professor Ariadne Vromen FASSA

Session 1: Youth policy in Australia and international leading practice

  • Professor Lucas Walsh, Director, Monash Centre for Youth Policy and Education Practice
  • Moritz Ader, Policy Analyst, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development

Session 2: Belonging

  • Professor Hernan Cuervo, Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne
  • Professor Anita Harris FASSA, Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation
  • A/Professor Kelly-Ann Allen, Monash University
  • Rana Ebrahimi (discussant), Multicultural Youth Advocacy Network Australia

Session 3: Wellbeing

  • Professor Patrick McGorry AO FASSA, Orygen
  • Professor Philippa Collin, Young and Resilient Research Centre
  • Professor Juanita Sherwood, University of Technology Sydney
  • Maia Giordano (discussant), Australian Association of Adolescent Health

Session 4: Security

  • Professor Bob Breunig FASSA, Tax and Transfer Policy Institute
  • A/Professor Steve Threadgold, Newcastle Youth Studies Centre
  • Dr Julia Cook, Newcastle Youth Studies Centre
  • Thomas Walker (discussant), Think Forward

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