Mental health – This refers to how you feel emotionally, and how that affects your life. This may be an issue for you if you have struggled with how you feel, or someone you know has, or if you feel strongly about the topic.

Physical health – This refers to all those things that your body needs and does, including movement, thinking and functioning. This may be an issue if you have not been able to access what you need to take care of your body, what you have accessed to take care of your body wasn’t good, or if you have concerns relating to your physical health, or someone else’s, or feel strongly about the topic.

Family violence – This refers to violent or aggressive behaviour within the home, including financial, physical and emotional abuse. This may be an issue for you if you have experienced such abuse, know someone who has, or feel strongly about the topic.

Personal safety – This captures feelings of safety in the community and areas where you spend time, such as whether you feel threatened in public spaces. This may be an issue for you if you or someone you know has experienced being a victim of a crime, if you don’t feel comfortable going places alone, or if you feel strongly about this topic.

Employment – This refers to having paid work, and may be an issue for you if you, or someone you know has experienced a lack of paid work, challenges within the workplace or in finding work, or feel strongly about the topic.

Bullying – This refers to when someone keeps picking on another person again and again to cause physical, social or emotional harm. This can happen online, in person, through obvious or hidden means. This may be important to you if you, or someone you know has experienced or been affected by bullying, or you feel strongly about the topic.

Discrimination – This refers to when someone, or a group of people, are treated worse than another person or group because of their background, appearance or personal characteristics. This topic may be important to you if you or someone you know has experienced discrimination, or if you feel strongly about the importance to treat everyone fairly and respectfully.

Education and training – think about where you access teaching or learning. This may be an issue if you cannot access the learning you’d like, if you cannot access it at all, or if there are problems with your school, TAFE, university or other place of learning.

Out of home care – This is the care of someone aged 0-17 who is unable to live with their parents or guardians and are therefore placed in the care of someone else. This may be an issue for you if you’ve experienced out of home care, needed or wanted to access out of home care and were unable to, or you feel there are issues with the out of home care system.

Homelessness and housing – Homelessness occurs when someone does not have a suitable place to live. They may be moving around a lot, sleeping on the streets, or in unstable, inadequate or unsafe housing. This may be an issue for you if you have experienced homelessness, if you feel strongly about those who are homeless, or if you have been affected by unstable or unsafe housing.

Environment and climate change – This refers to caring for the natural environment, and the change in weather patterns attributed to increased levels of carbon dioxide in the air, partially as a result of using fossil fuels like coal and petrol. This issue may be important to you if you’ve been affected by climate change, are worried about climate change and the environment, or if you feel we are not doing enough to protect the environment.

Finances and money – This refers to your experiences with money and being able to buy and pay for what you want and need. This may be an issue for you if you have struggled to buy the things you need, do not feel you have a stable income, or are worried about money.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – This refers to the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) on young people and their lives. This may be an issue for you if you, your friends or family are worried about COVID-19 and have been affected by COVID-19 (e.g. lost your job, had reduced hours, had COVID-19 or were exposed, your learning was impacted, your family had a tough time, you experienced mental health concerns) or have strong feelings about the pandemic.

Identity and connection to culture – This refers to how you feel about the things that make you who you are, and your place in the world. It includes having a sense of belonging, and whether you feel accepted by your family, friends, community and people that you come across in your life. This may be an issue of importance to you if you do not feel like you can be yourself all the time and have to hide parts of yourself from others.

Relationships – This refers to the way you interact with and relate to those around you, whether friends, family, colleagues, partners or others. Relationships may be of concern to you if you feel lonely, do not feel you have good relationships, feel unable to manage or sustain relationships, or know someone affected by these issues.

Alcohol and drugs –This refers to the use of alcohol or drugs, which are substances that when consumed have an effect on the body or mind. This may be an issue for you if you or someone you know have been affected by alcohol or drug use, are concerned about alcohol or drug use or feel strongly about the topic.

Transport – This refers to the way you get around, whether by walking, car, riding a bike or public transport. This may be an issue for you if you cannot access the transport you need, if the transport you access is poor, if you feel a lack of transport (or poor transport) impacts you or someone else, or you feel strongly about the topic.

Sport and recreation – This refers to activities that young people choose to play or participate in during their spare time. This may be an issue that is important to you if there are activities that you want to take part in but can’t for any reason, or if you feel strongly about the topic.


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