Tasmanian Youth Government Association Inc. (TYGA) is an association of young people under the age of 25 who deliver the Tasmanian Youth Parliament and the Tasmanian Youth Local Government Programs, select the organising Taskforce for each of those conferences each year, and deliver civics education to students aged 15-18.
Read our association Policies and Procedures (including Taskforce Selection Guidelines).
The TYGA Executive is selected at each year’s AGM. Meet the 2019 Executive!
Chairperson – Kathryn Ellis
Kathryn is in the final year of an Arts/Law degree, majoring in International Relations, at the University of Tasmania. Her involvement with TYGA began in 2012, when she participated in the Youth Parliament Program; since then, she has been a member of five YP Taskforces, acting as the Program’s Deputy Convenor in 2014 and 2017, its Treasurer in 2015 and 2016, and its Convenor in 2018. She is very excited to be taking on the role of Education Officer this year.
Kathryn is passionate about providing young people with opportunities to speak up about the issues that are important to them, and the tools to engage in informed, respectful debate. In addition to her involvement with TYGA and the Youth Parliament Program, she’s an adjudicator in (and the coordinator of) the Tasmanian Debating Union’s schools debating competition; she also volunteers with UN Youth Australia, and is a member of the organisation’s national Board of Directors. When she’s not running debating workshop or fangirling over the United Nations, Kathryn can be found rewatching episodes of The West Wing, running around on a field pretending to know the rules of soccer, or singing along to the Wicked soundtrack (usually not all at once).
Administration Officer – Andrew Grey
Andrew has been the Administrator for the Tasmanian Youth Government Association since 2013 and was involved with the Tasmanian Youth Parliament program for six years as both participant and facilitator. He graduated from a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Journalism Media and Communications, and Gender Studies in 2015, and from a BA with Honours in 2016. Andrew has just started studying at the Tasmanian College of the Arts with the aim of becoming a filmmaker.
Education Officer – Samantha Griffin
Events and Alumni Officer – To be elected at next General Meeting