The problem of ‘children and youth homelessness’ remains a persistent and troubling issue, exacerbated by the Covid-19 Pandemic crisis. During 2020, the weaknesses of our systems, programs and policies for young people were exposed.  There is much to be learned from what happened this year and much to be done. While older adults and individuals with compromised health faced higher incidences of serious illness and death, the longer-term impacts of Covid-19 will be to a great extent borne by young people.  The recovery from Covid-19 must take on responsibility for addressing these adverse impacts on children and young people.

Where We Are Coming From

The National Youth Homelessness Conference held in March 2019, issued a Communique that called for a National Strategy Plan for Ending Youth Homelessness, and highlighted four key areas for strategic action – ‘early intervention’, ‘rapid rehousing’, ‘engagement’ with education, training and employment opportunities and ‘extended state care’.  The 2021 National Youth Homelessness Conference was a successful digital event and was organised around a project to develop a National Strategy to End Youth Homelessness.

To address youth homelessness, it is vital that we include all children and young people aged 0 – 25, that’s why for 2023 we are updating to include children in our address for the National Children and Youth Homelessness Conference. This is the 3rd National Youth Homelessness Conference and it is extending the focus from just 14-25-year-olds, to include all children and young people aged 0 – 25 in 2023. Consequently we have renamed the event as the National Children and Youth Homelessness Conference.

Where We Are Going

Unlike traditional sector conferences, the focus for Conference discussions and post-conference actions will be a joint NGO sector-Government taskforce and consultation process to actually develop a National Strategy to End Child and Youth Homelessness, not the product of a particular government but a joint NGO-Government achievement that will stand as a reference for the planning and implementation that various state and territory governments undertake well into the future.

Who Will Be There

Nothing quite like this has been proposed before.  We call upon youth and homelessness workers and sector organisations, school teachers and educationists, as well as people working in government to come forward and attend the 2021 Conference and join the work to produce a National Strategy to End Youth Homelessness in Australia.  This is solutions-focused advocacy which requires the collective all of us. The National Youth Homelessness Conference in June 2021 is advanced as an inaugural creative workshop for this change process.


Where is the Conference?

NCYHC2023 is hosted in-person in Melbourne with digital tickets also available for those that can only attend virtually. You can join in from any location or come meet up in person. Those ticket holders attending online will be sent email instructions on how to access the virtual conferencing software before the event starts. Please make sure you keep an eye on your emails in the week before the Conference begins. 

What are the ticket options?  

This year’s conference will run across two days with ticket options including a full conference tickets, or a single day ticket for either day one or two. Concession prices are available for anyone under 30 years old.

This is an online event, shouldn’t it be free?  

Unfortunately, even running an event online costs money. The reason we have to charge for this event is to cover the costs of organising and producing the Conference. We are working to ensure that tickets can be offered at affordable low-cost rates. Any profits made after covering the event costs will be reinvested into the development of a National Strategy to End Youth Homelessness.

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Youth Development Australia (YDA) acknowledges that the work undertaken to organise this event is on the stolen land of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. We acknowledge that sovereignty was never ceded and wish to pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging.