NATSICC is sponsoring a group of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholics to the Australian Catholic Youth Festival in Perth. Deadline for Applications 18 November 2019.

What is the Australian Catholic Youth Festival (ACYF?)

The Australian Catholic Youth Festival (ACYF) is a national gathering of Catholic young people established by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC). It exists to provide young people with opportunities to deepen their relationship with Jesus, be empowered to be disciples in the world today and encounter and celebrate the vitality of the Church in Australia.


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Why is NATSICC Sponsoring a group?

Download the NATSICC Sponsorship Information Flyer Here

One of the major functions of the NATSICC youth portfolio is to build the capacity of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholics to become leaders in their own communities. NATSICC Youth Leadership Gatherings (previously held in Brisbane, Adelaide and Melbourne) are organised by the Council to fulfill this aim and to also build the networks of young leaders.


In recent times, the gatherings have taken place in conjunction with the Catholic Youth Festivals, giving participants the opportunity to experience these fantastic events from an Indigenous context.


What will I experience if my nomination is successful?


What will NATSICC Sponsor?


• Catholic Youth Festival Registration

• Flights from your nearest major city / Regional centre

• Accommodation from 7– 11 December

• Breakfast (Lunch and Dinners are not covered)

• Travel to and from the festival, workshops and associated events

• Workshop Materials


Nomination Guidelines


• Must be Indigenous and aged between 18-28 years old

• You should be actively involved within your local Catholic Parish, School, or

community group

• Be available from December 7th-11th and willing to fly to Perth, WA. You may be

required to share a room with someone of the same gender.

• Your application must be supported by a letter of endorsement from a your local

Parish Priest, Religious Brother or Sister




7-11 December 2019


Festival Location:

Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre



Metro Hotel - Canning St, South Perth


The 5 Successful applicants will form a group of young leaders that will represent NATSICC and their own communities and organisations at the 2019 Catholic Youth Festival. The 2019 Festival will be led by NATSICC Youth Councillor Sabrina Ann Stevens and participants will experience the colour, vibrancy and diversity of the Catholic Church in Australia.


In addition to the main ACYF Festival program the NATSICC group will:


  • Meet in the mornings and evenings to prepare and debrief the day
  • Have access to the NATSICC Cultural Space. This space will be located at the Youth festival and will host visitors during the festival. A Chillout Zone is located at the rear of the space to provide an area for members of the NATSICC group to rest and reflect during the festival.
  • Attend an Aboriginal Mass at Clontarf College on 7 December
  • Be a part of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander group with opportunities to present and participate in workshops at the Catholic Youth Festival

How do I apply?

Fill out the form below and click the SUBMIT button at the bottom. The deadline is Monday 18 November.


Alternatively, you can email your application in word format with the following information:


- Name

- Address

- Email

- Outline current involvement with your parish or church community

- What do you hope to gain to from this experience?

- How will attending the festival further your journey of faith?


Email your application, along with your letter of endorsement to


Call 08 8363 2963 or email if you require more information



Online Application Form

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National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholic Council

'The peak Indigenous advisory body to the Catholic Church'

80C Payneham Rd.

Stepney SA 5069   |   | 08 8363 2963