Who we are

The NSW Young Nationals is a vibrant group of people committed to achieving the best for regional New South Wales.

The Young Nats come from across the state and welcome anyone who wants to fight to give young people in the regions a better future.

What sets us apart?

The Young Nats are the only group who advocate solely for regional youth.

By offering every member the chance to have a say on the issues that matter to them most, the Young Nats give a voice to those who need it most. Every member is entitled to attend the NSW Young Nationals Conference, put forward motions, vote on motions, elect office bearers and be a full participant within the senior organisation as well. There are no divisions or factions in the Young Nats, simply a group that will always include anyone who shares our ideals.

From the regions, for the regions

The NSW Young Nats are unique. As the only political group designed solely for young people from regional, rural and remote NSW, we’re like a big family and have a great time whenever we get together.

Have your say

Every Young Nat is invited to have their say on the issues they’re most passionate about. Every member is invited to attend conferences, put forward and vote on motions and elect or serve as office bearers.

Our team

Chair – Alysia Smith
Vice chairs – Beck Auld, Jayden Whaites
Secretary – Sara Lin
Treasurer and Southern Co-ordinator – Ashley Meyer-Dilley
Policy Officer – Jenna Hosken
University Officer – Ash Barnham
Campaign Officer – Harry O’Brien-Smith
North Coast Co-ordinator – Lee Pagotto
Mid North Coast Co-ordinator – Caelan Smith
Hunter Co-ordinator – Sam Barry
Central West Co-ordinator – Sally Judson
North West Co-ordinator – Anita Refalo
Metro Co-ordinator – Angus Olsen

An equal voice

Every Young Nat has full voting and speaking rights within the senior organisation. We don’t always agree with one another, but that’s ok. Disagreements and robust discussions are welcome because the conversation is always about what’s best for regional communities.

No factions

There are no ideological divisions in the Young Nats, simply a passionate group that welcomes anyone who shares our passion for coastal and country NSW.

What do we do?

Between developing policy, campaigning and hosting awesome social events, we do a bit of everything as long as it’s regional.

Connecting with like-minded people

We may be a political organisation, but we love having a good time.

We play sport, we host parties, we debate and we’re always open to new ideas about how to make life better for young people in rural and regional communities. We also hold an annual conference that enables every member to make high profile contacts and form lifelong friendships.

Making policy

We care about your opinions and your beliefs when it comes to making our regions better.

We regularly discuss and develop policy that looks at addressing the issues affecting people in regional NSW, particularly the challenges facing younger people. All Young Nats are welcome to join our policy committee, which looks at how we can practically engage leaders to make a difference in our communities.

Making a difference

In the lead up to elections, Young Nats come together to campaign for their local member. We can teach you many skills from organising large teams, to persuading the public to vote for our candidates, to scrutineering or cooking up a fantastic BBQ.


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Want to know a little more info or speak to someone before joining the Young Nats? Drop us a line and we’ll get in contact for a chat.