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Applications for SWY Hybrid 2022/23 National Leader are now open

Have you attended SWY before and want to lead a new group of young Australian leaders? Apply now to be the Australian National Leader for SWY Hybrid 2022/23!

Before commencing your application for National Leader SWY 2022/23, we recommend you pre-prepare answers to the short answer questions in a separate document to ensure you don't lose your responses.  These questions are listed below.  

Additionally, you must prepare a short (maximum 2 minute video) about yourself. Details are below. Please have both these prepared before starting your application.

If you need assistance, please email:

Applications close 5pm (AEST) Friday 12th August 2022

(Please note this is earlier than the deadline for PY applications)


Prior to Application 

Short Answer Questions

Your responses to the questions below will be used to assess your suitability for the SWY Program.  Support your answers by referring to your skills and abilities gained during key experiences in studying, employment, and community work, involvement in youth and cultural programs and/or relevant interests.  Please keep your responses brief (maximum 250 words per question).  Please provide examples to support your claims.

  1. Please describe your experience with youth activities, community service or other involvement in your local community.

  2. A big part of SWY is learning about Japanese culture. Please describe what interests you about Japan and Japanese culture.

  3. Describe your cross-cultural experiences.

  4. Describe a situation where you had to adapt.

  5. What factors must be present for you to work most effectively and creatively?

  6. What has been the most challenging situation you have had to face, where your values, beliefs and interests were different to those around you?

  7. What positive contributions did you bring to the SWY program when you attended as a PY and how have you continued to support the SWY program after your return ?

Short Video

You are required to upload a short (maximum 2 minute) video about yourself which addresses the following question:

  1. Describe your reasons for applying to be National Leader and how you believe your leadership will facilitate and support strong positive outcomes for PYs prior, during and after returning from the SWY Program

The video will be assessed on content and not production quality.  A simple video outlining the points above on a smart phone or webcam is all that is expected.

PLEASE NOTE: There is a strong preference that the National Leader has previously attended SWY (SSEAYP will be considered) 

Application Support 

If you have questions about the application process or need help, please email:

Please note that due to the number of applications received, we are unable to provide individual feedback. 

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