Enabling change in our Society, Environment and Economy (SEE)

Parliament of Youth 2013

Centenary Parliament of Youth on Sustainability, 2013

On 2 and 6 November 2013, 121 school students from all over the ACT came together for the Centenary Parliament of Youth on Sustainability to discuss how we will meet our emission reduction targets and the way towards a sustainable Canberra.  The aim of the Parliament was to produce an agreed statement, or White Paper, by ACT’s school students about how they think we can become a sustainable city.

White Paper Read the final Parliament White Paper: “How should Canberra change by 2020 to meet its ambitious carbon emission targets and become more sustainable?”

Ministers elected and final proposals

Watch the student Parliamentarians in the Parliament vox pops and in the Parliament video.  Look at the photo collages, Part 1 and Part 2.

Parliament of Youth representatives take proposals to the ACT Legislative Assembly, 25 March 2014:  Eight student representatives from the Parliament of Youth on Sustainability presented the final 24 proposals from the Parliament to Members of the ACT Legislative Assembly. The students, elected as Ministers at the Parliament, met with the Legislative Assembly Planning, Environment and Territory and Municipal Services Committee for 90 minutes, presenting the final three proposals across each of the eight Parliament topics and discussing the Parliament’s ideas with the MLAs.


If you would like to find out more about the Parliament of Youth on Sustainability, please contact the project officer, Anne Quinn, on 02 6231 2452 or at parliament@see-change.org.au.

Back to Parliament of Youth page.


With thanks to our


  • ACT Government Environment and Planning
  • The Association of Independent Schools of the ACT (AISACT)
  • Catholic Education Office (Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn)
  • Education and Training Directorate
  • ACT Government