The Youth Forum Application

The Youth Forum will be a popular event and places are limited. To attend, you will need to apply through the competitive selection process. Applications will open mid November 2019.

To attend the Youth Forum you must be between the ages of 18 and 35 and have a demonstrated interest in the heritage field. You can be of any professional or educational background – people from a wide range of disciplines are encouraged to apply. Note that if accepted, you will need to register and pay the associated registration fee. The fee will cover accommodation on Cockatoo Island and all meals during the Youth Forum.


You will need to complete a short application form to be considered for the Youth Forum.  Please have the following prepared:

1. Short responses (250 words max. per question) to the following questions:

  • Why do you want to attend the Youth Forum 2020?
  • What are you seeking to get from Youth Forum 2020?
  • How can you contribute to Youth Forum 2020?

2. A one page CV

You will also be asked to rank in order of preference your preferred Youth Forum themes; Stain, Grain, Re-Frame, so please look through the theme descriptions.

A diverse range of delegates will be selected to provide balanced gender and regional representation.  Preference will also be given to delegates attending the General Assembly.


The working language of the Youth Forum is English. A good knowledge of English is essential, for the benefit of the individual participants and effective communication during the Youth Forum.


There will be three applications rounds for the Youth Forum. To have the best chance of attending the Youth Forum, delegates are encouraged to apply during the first Expression of Interest phase. Unsuccessful applications in the initial rounds will automatically be reconsidered in the later rounds.

Round Application Dates Acceptance Notification Date
Round 1 4 November 2019 – 13 December 2019 30 January 2020
Round 2 3 February 2020 – 3 April 2020 1 May 2020
Round 3 8 June 2020 – 31 July 2020 21 August 2020

If you missed the first round of applications for the Youth Forum,  you may apply in round 2. Applications for round 2 will open between 3 February – 3 April 2020.