Youth services

Council is involved in :

  • Planning and facilitating the development of youth services, facilities and activities
  • Assessing the needs of young people and services
  • Promoting the participation of young people and showcasing their achievements

Annual activities include:

  • Youth Week and Celebration Youth Festival
  • Planning days and forums
  • Youth Arts Projects
  • Support interagency and collaborative approaches
  • Supporting music events, skate comps and other youth entertainment

 Youth Resource Card (PDF 176KB)

International Youth Day Awards

Shoalhaven City Council is inviting people to nominate local youth and young adults under 24 years of age for the Shoalhaven City Council International Youth Day Awards to be presented at an awards event on 2nd November, 2017 at Bomaderry Bowling Club. Council's Youth Advisory Committee, which consists of youth representatives from across the City, have established the awards to recognise and celebrate the contributions of young people in the local community.

The awards aim to recognise local youth aged 12 - 24 years, whose endeavours support and motivate other residents, enrich lives, volunteer for others and encourage the wellbeing of the Shoalhaven community. It recognises and rewards the outstanding young people in our community, whilst cultivating their increased contributions.

Youth can be nominated for the following awards:-

  • The Challenge and Change Award recognises a young person who has made a substantial turn around in their life and demonstrated personal growth while overcoming challenges in day to day life.
  • The Good Neighbour Award recognises a young person who has contributed within the community by helping neighbours, strengthening community bonds and enriching community life.
  • The Positive Youth Award recognises individuals who promote a positive image of young people within schools, clubs and the wider community.
  • The Community Citizenship Award recognises young people involved in a range of activities that make a major difference in the lives of others.
  • The Inspiration Award recognises a young person who can be described as an inspirational role model to others.

Nominees must be between 12 and 24 years of age as of the 1st January 2018 and live in the Shoalhaven City Council Local Government area. Other conditions of entry apply.

Nominations must be received by 5pm Friday 6th October 2017.

Nomination Form International Youth Day Awards 2017

Youth Shoalhaven Interagency

Youth Shoalhaven is an interagency of youth services in the Shoalhaven; and provides a forum for young people, the youth sector and the broader community to identify their needs and participate in the development of strategies and services to respond to these needs. The interagency has developed draft position papers to be able to lobby effectively on issues for young people and voiced at as many forums as possible. Links below to position papers.

Youth Shoalhaven Position Paper on Youth Health and access to Health Services for young people (PDF 443KB)

Youth Shoalhaven Interagency Youth Homelessness 2014 position paper (PDF 305 MB)

Aboriginal Youth Engagement Strategy

Shoalhaven City Council has an Aboriginal Youth Engagement Strategy. The aim of the strategy is to provide a guide to those working with Aboriginal young people, across a range of community sectors including local government, to best carry out their work to support and encourage young Aboriginal people to fulfil their potential as strong, proud community members and leaders.

Aboriginal Youth Engagement Strategy (PDF 4mb)

Youth Protocol

The Nowra Youth Protocol is a set of guidelines for all those who use public and private space around the Nowra CBD. Its aim is to ensure people of all ages feel safe and welcome in the CBD. Information and documentation has also been developed to support the Youth Protocol and its implementation by the community.   Follow links below for a copy of the protocol and or brochure as well as protocol partner websites

Nowra Youth Protocol Brochure (956KB open in new window)

Nowra Youth protocol - adopted by Shoalhaven City Council 18/3/14 (2MB open in new window)


Protocol partners

Access Community Group

Nowra Police

Shoalhaven City Council

Habitat Personnel

Kmart Nowra


Shoalhaven Business Chamber

Stockland Nowra Shopping Centre

Shoalhaven Student Pathway Pass

In a state-wide first, the Shoalhaven Student Pathway Pass provides local students with a free travel service for  high school approved learning opportunities.

Shoalhaven bus providers have agreed to carry students free of charge on any timetabled bus if the student is participating in a school approved learning opportunity. 

Passes will be distributed by high schools.

This project is a partnership between Council, Youth Shoalhaven, Shoalhaven Bus Companies and NSW Transport.

For more information follow the links below or contact your high school

Shoalhaven Student Pathways Pass Application Form (PDF 99KB)

Shoalhaven Student Pathways Pass Flyer (PDF 259 KB)


Shoalhaven Youth Advisory Committee

Have your say about youth issues. If you have an idea about entertainment, projects, arts, youth activities, youth leadership and development, then you can contribute to the Shoalhaven Youth Advisory Committee.

They promote and support regular events such as the annual Youth Week, work with Council to develop youth related strategies, help develop information packages and many other initiatives to help young people in the Shoalhaven.

If you are 15 to 24 years old come to the Shoalhaven Youth Advisory Committee which meets every 2 months and have your say. Please contact the Youth Development Officer on (02) 4429 3418 for further information.


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phone: (02) 4429 3418

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P.O. Box 42, Nowra NSW 2541 Australia
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