School students in WA to have ear of government

By Jackson Graham

September 23, 2021

Education and training minister Sue Ellery announced the multi-million dollar initiative would help set students up for successful futures.
Education and training minister Sue Ellery announced the multi-million dollar initiative would help set students up for successful futures. (AAP Image/Richard Wainwright)

School students will have a voice on Western Australian education policy as the government sets up a new group to seek advice from young councillors. 

The 20 students will be from WA’s government schools, equally from years 10 and 11 and from each region in the state to speak on behalf of the more than 300,000 public school students. 

Premier Mark McGowan and education and training minister Sue Ellery said the the council was in planning stages and would kick-off in term two next year. 

“Establishing a WA Student Council will allow the interests of students to be represented and give us greater opportunities to respond to their needs,” McGowan said.

“It is important to work together on critical matters that impact on our youth.”

Ellery said WA was diverse and the selection of students would represent its make up. 

The planning process includes discussions with youth ambassadors, student leadership alumni, public secondary school leaders and teachers.

Students on the new council will attend ministerial meetings, work with schools and students in their regions, attend student leadership activities, and give feedback to the Department of Education

Students will apply through an official selection process opening in term four. 


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