FUSE 2019 Report


MYAN hosted Australia’s third national multicultural youth leadership summit – FUSE 2019 – from 14-17th April in Melbourne. Building on the success of FUSE 2014 and FUSE 2016, and with the themes of ‘Connect, ‘Ignite’ and Trailblaze’, FUSE 2019 was once again a unique and transformative opportunity for young Australians from refugee and migrant backgrounds to build leadership and advocacy skills, expand their networks and connect with peers from across Australia. Over 3 days, delegates participated in skills building workshops, heard from experienced advocates working in diverse sectors, explored key issues and solutions facing young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds, and engaged with decision-makers and MPs from the state and commonwealth level. Given the timing of the federal election, FUSE 2019 also utilised MYAN Australia’s election policy platform to inform discussions and guide advocacy on the final day ‘pitch’ to MP Tim Watts, Sen Janet Rice and Australia’s National Children’s commissioner, Megan
Mitchell. Delegates presented on education and training, employment, settlement support, health and well-being and youth participation and inclusion.


1. 88.89% of delegates indicated that they felt confident in advocacy skills after attending FUSE. This was a shift from the 39% of delegates who
indicated they felt confident in the same area prior to FUSE.

2. 99% of delegates indicated that they learnt new skills in leadership at FUSE 2019 that they thought could help them in future leadership and advocacy activities.

3. 80% suggested they felt more confident in community organising and pitching skills after participating in FUSE 2019.

4. 99% reported that they were likely to apply what they learned to promote their rights and interests and those of young people. The same delegates also stated that they are most likely to be involved in creating change in their communities.

5. 70% of delegates stated that they were very likely to get involved in advocacy while 80% suggested that they were very likely to get involved in community organising/events to engage with other young people.


Read the FUSE 2019 Report