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)

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

Safe Schools Coalition Australia

Council recently adopted to be a supporter organisation of the Safe Schools Coalition Australia.

Organisations across Australia that support are pledging their support for Safe Schools Coalition Australia. They want to see every school in the country safe and more inclusive for same sex attracted, intersex and gender diverse students, teachers and their families.

Supporters’ pledge

We believe that schools should provide a safe and inclusive environment for all students, so that they can learn, grow, and reach their full potential – free from bullying and discrimination. We pledge to stand up against homophobia and transphobia whenever we see or hear it. We are proud to support Safe Schools Coalition Australia and its work to create positive change for same sex attracted, intersex and gender diverse young people.

For more information follow the link below

Safe School Coalition

Youth Shoalhaven Interagency

At their planning day last November Youth Shoalhaven , the local youth service interagency, identified youth accommodation - affordable and limited housing and hidden homelessness as a major issue in the Shoalhaven for young people. It was decided that for Youth Shoalhaven to be able to advocate and lobby effectively on this issue for young people, that a position paper be developed, used and voiced at as many forums as possible. The paper has been developed and has useful background information and recommendations.

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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