Make your mark on education in NSW

Applications are now open to be part of the council that will be the peak forum through which NSW Education Minister Sarah Mitchell will consult with students.

22 March 2021
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Image: Submit your video application to be part of the Minister's Student Council.

Applications today open for young people interested in being part of a student council that will lobby on behalf of NSW public school students and consult with education leaders.

The Minister's Student Council - to be known as the Department of Student Voices in Education and Schools (DOVES) - is an initiative of Education Minister Sarah Mitchell to ensure student voices are heard in developing education policy and addressing matters of concern to students.

It was born out of the Minister’s experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic which impacted heavily on students.

Ms Mitchell said the pandemic had shown that officials needed a student stakeholder group they could consult and work with.

“While we had principals’ organisations, teachers’ groups and parents’ groups to talk to, what was missing was the student voice,” Ms Mitchell said recently.

“I want to add the [student] council to this group to work together on policy reform.”

In October last year a student steering committee was formed to help co-design the council.

The result is DOVES – a 24-member council that will include students from across NSW who can advocate on behalf of their communities.

The DOVES council will be made up of three students from each of the department’s eight regional directorates. Representatives will bring their wider student community into the policy process by holding regular DOVES forums, where they will hear from special interest groups.

How do I apply?

Applications for the DOVES are now open and close on Monday 5 April 2021.

Initial expressions of interest can be submitted via a video of up to three minutes that outlines who you are; why you are interested in being part of the DOVES; and why you would be a great advocate for students across all walks of life.

A panel will view the submissions and invite shortlisted applicants to a video interview by three panellists including a student; teacher and department representative.

The DOVES representatives will be announced on 10 May with the first council meeting to be held on Wednesday 19 May.

Students that are unsuccessful in being on the DOVES council, will be invited to be part of the regional-level DOVES forums.

Apply now

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