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 2017 Executive!
Chairperson – Katie Parrott
Katie has been involved with TYGA and the Tasmanian Youth Parliament since 2011, when she first attended the program. Since then, she has been a member of four Taskforces, redesigning the Youth Parliament workshop program in 2014 and 2015, and convening the program in 2016. Having been involved with other youth volunteering organisations, such as UN Youth Tasmania and the Tasmanian Debating Union, Katie is excited to tackle the challenge of being Chairperson of TYGA in her first year on the Executive.
Katie graduated in 2015 from a Bachelor of Arts with First Class Honours, double majoring in Geography/Politics and International Studies, from the University of Melbourne. When not in her role as TYGA chairperson, Katie works full time with the Department of Premier and Cabinet, in the Graduate Policy program. She currently is working in the Communities, Sport and Recreation division, in the Children and Young People and Older Persons portfolio. Additionally, in 2017 she commenced study full time (by distance) at the University of Tasmania, working to attain her Masters of Protected Area Governance and Management.
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.
Events and Alumni Officer – Imogen Wurf
Imogen first attended Youth Parliament in 2012, and was Youth Premier in 2013. She has also been on Taskforce as parliamentary draftsperson in 2015 and deputy convenor in 2016. Imogen is passionate about helping students make the transition from grade 10 to college, especially in more isolated areas of the state. When not engaging young people with the parliamentary process, Imogen is Law student at the University of Tasmania.
Education Officer – 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).
Advocacy Officer – Claire Vickers
Claire studies full time at the University of Tasmania, studying an undergraduate degree in Arts/Law. Outside of studying, Claire works two days a week at one of Hobart’s leading speciality coffee enterprises, Yellow Bernard, through which she has developed a keen passion for all things coffee and customer service.
Away from work and study, Claire has developed a passion for volunteering and youth engagement. In 2016, Claire took up a role as Amnesty International Tasmania’s state schools coordinator, Amnesty Denison Group convenor and United Nations Youth National Voice Competition deputy-convenor. Further, she is also the Director of Operations on the UN Youth Tasmania Executive. Claire’s role in the portfolio of advocacy is an exciting opportunity, and she hopes she can improve and develop the profile further in 2017.
In her spare time, Claire likes to consume a lot of coffee, wine and cheese. Sometimes she runs but mostly she enjoys organising.