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Parliament of Youth 2018

The 2018 Parliament of Youth on Sustainability was held on Monday, 4 June 2018 at the Australian National University. The topic for the 2018 Parliament was:

What is one action we can take to make Canberra more sustainable?

In 2018:

  • 209 students participated (year 1 – 12) to generate 54 proposals
  • 20 schools took part
  • 45 volunteers helped out (mainly Year 11 & 12 & university students)
  • 1 Minister of the Environment attended the Parliament
  • 4 Members of the Legislative Assembly attended the Parliament and were presented with top proposals at the Assembly

The final six proposals as voted by the Parliament of Youth were presented to members of the ACT Legislative Assembly.

Half the final proposals were on waste or litter while two focused on promoting healthy food choices to students. Here are the top 6 proposals as voted by the full Parliament.

  1. Provide all schools with compost and recycling bins – Kaleen Primary
  2. E-waste exchange program – Radford College
  3. Pick and Jog program – to clean up litter – Daramalan College
  4. Develop a fun app to promote sustainable & healthy food choices at the supermarket – Curtin Primary
  5. Aquaponics school kitchen gardens – Trinity Christian School
  6. The ‘Glassroom’ – a clean energy classroom to teach children about sustainability – Farrer Primary

Each year a White paper is produced about the Parliament. It’s a record of the 2018 SEE-Change Parliament of Youth on Sustainability and is the compilation of the work of 20 ACT schools.

White paper 2018

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