Youth Advisory Council

The Youth Advisory Council champions the voices of children and young people to provide youth perspectives and leadership to the QFCC.  It provides advice to the Commissioners on what is important to children and young people in Queensland.

The Council meets regularly to talk about issues affecting young people. The Council works with other young people to identify the key issues, then designs and implements a response to address these issues.  

Meet our Youth Champions

Chantel Moody

Chantel is 20 years old and currently studying a Bachelor of Education at Griffith University. She also works part-time as a receptionist at Redland Legal. For the past two years she has been the Member of the YMCA Queensland Youth Parliament for Redlands and in the future would like to become a YMCA Youth Executive Member. The QFCC sponsored Chantel to attend the YMCA Youth Parliament Residential week in September 2016 and 2017.

With 16 other young people, Chantel recently attended the Youth Parliament Community Consult with the QFCC. She will participate in a QFCC event, ‘Commissioner for the Day’, which will provide insight into the role of the QFCC Commissioners.

Caroline McVicar

Caroline is 18 years old and currently studying a Bachelor of Psychological Science and Criminology. She is a strong advocate for children and young people living in out-of-home care as a result of her own journey in the care system for the majority of her life. During this time, she lived with her grandparents as well as a range of foster carers before transitioning to independence.

Caroline has worked with the CREATE Foundation for a number of years to promote and create systemic change in the out-of-home care sector. Caroline is an experienced presenter having spoken at many Child Safety Service Centres across the Gold Coast region about her lived experience in out-of-home care.

Caroline has volunteered with the Labrador Child Safety Service Centre and was recognised by the Team Leader as an influential advocator for young people living in out-of-home care.

Charlotte Mann

Charlotte is 21 years old. She works at YMCA Brisbane and is also the current Program Coordinator of Queensland Youth Parliament. She was the Youth Member for Kallangur and the Justice and Legal Affairs Mentor on the Youth Parliament Executive before becoming Coordinator. She is also involved in various YMCA volunteer initiatives, such as the Council of Australian Youth Parliaments, the Inspired Leaders program and the Youth Empowerment Alumni.

Charlotte is currently in her final year of a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) at Queensland University of Technology (QUT). She is on the QUT Law Society Executive as the Media and Communications Director for 2018. Charlotte completed a study exchange in Cambodia in 2017, and is undertaking a placement at the Queensland Advocacy Inc. Charlotte is passionate about civic responsibility and community engagement, as well as criminal and humanitarian justice and women’s rights. Charlotte is committed to advocating for children and young people and enabling them to have a voice and platform to influence change.

Taz Clay

Taz Clay is a 19-year-old Kalkadoon and Bwgcolman Brotherboy. He is passionate about his culture and wants to educate and encourage the current generation and generations to come in all walks of life. Taz has lived experience in out-of-home care. After his mum passed away, he was placed into the care of Child Safety Services after his family would no longer support him.

Since the age of two, Taz struggled with gender dysphoria and has become an advocate, educator and mentor for young people who share the same story. Through the medium of social media and videos, he shares his story about his personal struggle with mental health and self-harming behaviours.

In 2015 Taz filmed a documentary with the SBS about being a Brotherboy - a first of its kind for the Brotherboy community. He has featured in short films produced by the SBS and Foundation for Young Australians, including a film aired nationally for Youth Week 2016 on SBS, and a short film for Mardi Gras in 2017.

Taz helped organise and run the Townsville annual Rainbow Fair Day for Headspace Townsville and was chosen to be a part of Headspace’s National Youth Reference Group. He has spoken at various conferences, forums and panels, including the Anwernekenhe conference on the sexual health of Brotherboys, the Headspace National Forum, the State Suicide Prevention roundtable and the National Lesbian Gay, Bi-Sexual, Transgender, Intersex (LGBTI) health alliance regarding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander suicide prevention. He helped develop a case study and training about being a Brotherboy for medical and clinical professionals at Headspace.

Taz continues to develop educational materials and media for other Brotherboys through radio, TV and articles. He currently works with CREATE Foundation in relation to the new Queensland Government Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander strategy, Changing Tracks. He credits Headspace Townsville LGBTI group for building his confidence and helping him talk about issues, and connecting him to another Indigenous male transgender person.

Elloise Waite

Elloise is 25 years old, currently enrolled in a Bachelor of Social Science and has previously studied nursing. She is a young mum and is passionate about the participation of young people on a systemic level, as well as making sure all young people are empowered to have their voices heard.

She is an experienced CREATE Young Consultant and is now employed at CREATE Foundation as a community facilitator. Elloise is also an active member of G-Force. Elloise has supported the QFCC with a recruitment process to help assess the skills and qualities needed to support a child focus.

Elloise has experience of living in out-of-home care. She has shared her insights at various events, conferences and in the media advocating for children and young people living in care. Elloise uses both personal experience and professional knowledge to bring unique perspectives and positive change to current issues affecting Queensland’s young people.

Annika David

Annika is a 22 year old proud Torres Strait Islander who brings her cultural authority and leadership to give a voice to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people through her personal and professional networks. Originally from Cairns, Annika is passionate about the rights of young people and draws on her technical skills in psychology and experience with cultural diversity to inform youth related reforms to break barriers for Queensland’s youth.

Annika is a Research Assistant at Griffith University working on the Farming 4 Care project, part of an Australian Research Council (ARC) linkage project. The Farming 4 Care project investigates the impact of equine-assisted activities on the attachment, engagement, self-esteem and resilience of disenfranchised youth. Annika assists with research, data collection, participant interviews and equine-assisted activities and will further this research through her honours in psychology in 2018. Annika was also employed as a psychology tutor under the Indigenous Tutoring Assistance Scheme (ITAS) to support and facilitate student learning in undergraduate psychology courses at James Cook University. She mentors Indigenous students at the University of Queensland.

Annika’s passion for youth and mental health was recognised when she was invited to speak on behalf of young people as a keynote speaker at the annual 2017 NAPCAN breakfast in Brisbane. Annika has served as a member of the QFCC’s Out of The Dark working group. She supported the launch of the Out of the Dark expo at the Brisbane State Library, showcasing innovative tools to keep kids safe online. She is a current member of an expert panel providing advice about online safety. Annika is passionate about the rights and voices of young people and is committed to bringing a vast profile of perspectives to the table to inform change, reduce barriers and strengthen Australia’s youth.

Want to get involved? 

We appoint new members to the Youth Advisory Council every two years or as needed. 

The Youth Advisory Council works with young people across Queensland through schools, agencies, organisations and support groups.  

Come back here to stay connected with updates on current projects and opportunities to get involved.  

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27 June 2018