We back
young people

At the Foundation for Young Australians, we exist to back young people across the country to beat injustice and create long-lasting change for all.

Young woman with red hair wearing silver t-shirt is smiling holding her fist up as part of rock-paper-scissors game. She is surrounded by other young people behind her watching the game play out.
We back young people: image shows a group of FYA changemakers
  • Get the resources you need
  • Skill-up on campaigning and advocacy
  • Find your change-focused community
  • Get the resources you need
  • Skill-up on campaigning and advocacy
  • Find your change-focused community
Photo: Harjono Djoyobisono

As a young person, it’s easy to think no one’s paying attention

Unable to vote, under-represented in our Parliaments, undervalued in casualised workplaces, and unheard in our media – Australia’s systems and institutions aren’t built to back you.

But you’re more powerful than you know.

We back you to create change

your way

Annelise Lecordier

Annelise (she/her) is a storyteller and activist working with Run for It, and the co-founder of It's Not A Compliment.

Is Hay

Is (they/them) is a queer, disabled writer working with the Youth Disability Advocacy Service (YDAS).

Lien To

Lien (she/her) is an FYA Ylab Manager.

Changing the world isn’t easy. It needs a range of solutions, big and small.

To transform systems of injustice, the world needs genuine, durable change that goes beyond the symptoms to tackle the root cause. That’s why all our programs are built around the idea of backing young people in three ways:


By growing civic and cultural engagement

From schools and communities to media and culture, we create and scale projects that put young people in decision-making positions.


By facilitating co-design with young people

Powered by the lived experience of young people, our social enterprise, YLab works with for-purpose organisations, corporate, and government clients to co-design the systems and services of the future.


By backing youth-led movements to win campaigns

From training to grants, we back youth-led movements and campaigns to create long-lasting and meaningful change in the face of injustice.

Ready to start making change? Reach out.

Chat with us now or just send us a message. Whether you end up taking a program with us, or working for another organisation, we’re here to help you.

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