Junior Council leadership

Junior Council Leadership 2023

Welcome to the Junior Council program. Celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2022, over 2300 students have participated in the program gaining confidence and making friends from various local high schools. Join us for this two-year commitment, where more than 130 students from 34 Gold Coast schools take part each year.

What is the Junior Council program?

Our Junior Council is a civic leadership program aimed at Year 10 and 11 students from Gold Coast high schools.

The program provides students with the opportunity to take part 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
  • providing a platform to meet new people, have a voice, and exchange ideas through workshops and volunteer opportunities.

Watch the following video to see the program in action.

How do I join the program?

Each school nominates two Year 10 students to register each year. Students join the program in Year 10 and progress as senior participants in Year 11. Registration for schools and students opens in October. If you want to join, enquire with your school or check the list of participating schools below. If your school isn't listed, please talk to your school about it.

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

Register your school membershipRegister your students for junior Council

Schools involved in Junior Council

  • AB Paterson College
  • All Saints Anglican School
  • Aquinas College
  • Assisi Catholic College
  • Australian International Islamic College
  • Benowa State High School
  • Coombabah State High School
  • Elanora State High School
  • Emmanuel College
  • Helensvale State High School
  • Hillcrest Christian College
  • Keebra Park State High School
  • Lutheran Ormeau Rivers District School
  • Marymount College
  • Merrimac State High School
  • Miami State High School
  • Nerang State High School
  • Pacific Pines State High School
  • Palm Beach Currumbin State High School
  • Pimpama State Secondary College
  • Queensland Academies Health Sciences Campus
  • Rivermount College
  • Robina State High School
  • St Andrews Lutheran College
  • St Hilda 's School Gold Coast
  • St Joseph 's College
  • St Michael 's College
  • Saint Stephen 's College
  • Silkwood College
  • Somerset College
  • Southport State High School
  • Trinity Lutheran College
  • Upper Coomera State College
  • Varsity College

Schools involved in Junior Council for 30 years

  • Aquinas College
  • Benowa State High School
  • Coombabah State High School
  • Palm Beach Currumbin State High School
  • Southport State High School
  • Trinity Lutheran College


Learn about Junior Council by watching our video Celebrating 30 Years.

Learn about the Executive Committee application process by watching the 2022 Junior Council Executive candidate speeches.

To see what happens during the year, download the 2022 Junior Council Commemorative Book(PDF, 4MB).

For more information download the Junior Council Handbook(PDF, 698KB).

Contact us

For information or questions, contact the program coordinator, Tracey Duhig, by email: juniorcouncil@goldcoast.qld.gov.au