Junior Council leadership

Executive team 2021 with Mayor Tom Tate

Insight into how we support our community is a powerful tool for your student's leadership development.

What is the Junior Council program?

City of Gold Coast's Junior Council is a two–year civic leadership program aimed at students in Years 10 and 11 from Gold Coast high schools. It enables students to learn about the role of local government and develop skills to become engaged young leaders who actively participate in their local community.

Established in 1993, the program now has more than 100 students from 30 local schools engaged each year. This is the largest leadership program of its kind in Queensland.

What are the benefits?

The program provides students with the opportunity to actively participate in their local community, by:

  • developing an understanding of local government
  • discussing and raising awareness of current, local community issues
  • developing skills including communication, public speaking, consultation, leadership and program development, and
  • providing a platform to meet new people, have a voice, and exchange ideas through workshops and volunteer opportunities.

How do I join the program?

Schools are responsible for nominating students to participate in the program. Both Year 10 and 11 students are eligible, with students joining the program in Year 10 and continuing as senior participants in Year 11.

Each school can nominate a maximum of two Year 10 students to enter the program each year.

Interested students are encouraged to speak with their school about their current school membership.

Register your school for membership

Register your students for Junior Council

Applications for the program open in October each year.

The 2021 Junior Council Executive candidate speeches demonstrate part of the application process.

To see what happens during the year, download the 2021 Junior Council Commemorative Book(PDF, 5MB)

For more information download the Junior Council Handbook(PDF, 919KB).

More information

For further information contact the Youth team by emailing juniorcouncil@goldcoast.qld.gov.au