Young Thinker Forum

As the ACT Children and Young People Commissioner, part of my job is to make things better for children and young people in the ACT. I’m really interested in hearing directly from children and young people, and not just from the adults who work with them.

That’s why we have the Young Thinker forum.

Your say, your way

If you are a child or young person under 25 years old, tell me what you think about the topic below, or about a different community or social issue that you feel strongly about.

Write to us or create an artwork or cartoon, submit video or audio, or send us a poem or song. You can do this on your own or with your friends.

Have your say, in your way.

Have your say via the form below or email us at actkids@act.gov.au.

Racism in the ACT

Open until September 2022

We know racism happens in the ACT and we also know that it can look and feel different for children and young people than adults think. That is why it is so important that we listen to you! Let the Commissioner know your views by answering the questions below or telling us what we should have asked, but didn’t!

  • What do adults need to know about racism in the ACT?
  • What is working and what is not working to address racism in the ACT?
  • What are your ideas to make an inclusive community that is free of racism?

If you want to contribute in another way or need some assistance to contribute, you can fill out the form with your details, or get someone to help you contact us, and we will see how we can help.

Frequently Asked Questions

What will happen to what you send us?
Will you share what I send you or use my name?
Do you need help with more personal concerns?

The Young Thinker Rules

  1. You must be under 25 years old.
  2. You must live, go to school/university, or work in the ACT.
  3. If you want what you send us to be shared, then we need your permission. Your name will only be shared or published if you tell us you want it to be.
  4. You have the right to be recognised as the person who created your work. In some circumstances, we may need to contact you to check what you would like us to do to uphold your rights.
  5. If you are under 12 years old, you need the permission of a parent or guardian to send us material. (Your parent or guardian doesn’t have to agree with what you say though.)
  6. We will not share your material if it could harm, hurt or offend other people, or if it discriminates against people.
  7. If you send through a video recording, we will not share the video if you or anyone else can be recognised in the recording. For example, if it shows your face or the faces of others.
  8. If we have concerns or worries about your safety or wellbeing, or someone else’s safety or wellbeing, we may have to share your information.

We will treat what you send us carefully and follow the Information Privacy Act (2014), the Human Rights Commission Act 2005 and the Children and Young People Act 2008.

This means that the personal information you provide to us, like your name or contact details, will be kept private and will not be passed on to another person or organisation unless you agree or a law requires us to.

You can find more information about your privacy rights and our legal responsibilities, including how you can see what information we have about you and complain if we don’t use it in the right ways.

How to have your say

Online

Complete the Young Thinker online form.

Email

Email us at actkids@act.gov.au along with the consent form.

Mail

Mail it to us at GPO Box 158, Canberra ACT 2601 along with the consent form.

Check out what we have heard

Do you want to know what other children and young people have told us through the Young Thinker Forum? Click here to see some of the contributions.