Netsafe’s Youth Action Squad (YAS) equips young people with the knowledge and skills to spark discussion, plan initiatives, lead activities and enact positive change around the online safety issues that affect them.

The YAS are passionate young people aged between 14-20 who are driven to become online safety role models within their peer groups, schools and communities. They also help reduce incidents of online harm by:

  • Improving online safety knowledge
  • Creating meaningful discussion
  • Empowering other young people
  • Collaborating with people who can make a difference

Find out more about the Youth Action Squad including some of the activities they’ve undertaken and what’s involved in the program.


If you are a young person or a school with questions about the YAS please email [email protected]. 

Young people

Applications for Netsafe’s Youth Action Squad (YAS) are now closed. It doesn’t mean that you’ve missed out though – register your interest for more information about the programme and details about how you can join the YAS when the next recruitment opens.


Schools play an integral role in the success of this important youth-led program. We know from our pilot that a YAS members requires the support of their school and a teacher to successfully implement the program in their school. The good news is that Netsafe will either provide or co-develop the content that is delivered by the YAS and we actively support them and their schools throughout the year.

When young people complete their application form, they will be asked to list a contact teacher. If your student lists you as their contact person Netsafe will only contact you if your student’s application was successful. When we do contact you, it will be to understand how to best support you (and your school) to integrate the YAS program into your current activities. Email us if you’d like to know more about how Netsafe will support schools with a Youth Action Squad member or register your school now.


The YAS have been busy participating in amazing opportunities and taking action around online safety themes within their schools. Check out the video below to see what they’ve been up to! 

Some of our 
YAS members also contributed their thoughts on the online world we want for eSafety19 – the annual conference Netsafe co-hosts with Australia’s Office of the eSafety Commissioner. 

Find out more
about YAS now including some of the activities undertaken and what’s involved in the programme.