Because young people should be able to have a meaningful input into the making of decisions that affect them.
The YDLA engages in youth policy discussion and formulation from the perspective of young people.
Young people are affected by government decisions. Therefore, they should have an equal say in the development of policies which affect them, whether that be education, employment, income support, juvenile justice, health and others.
The YDLA holds discussion groups, seminars and performs research into looking at ways in which public and social policies can be improved for young people.
The YDLA formulated the DLP's Students Policy, which was passed unanimously at the 2013 DLP Federal Conference. You can view the policy here.
The YDLA has also written articles for the blog section on the DLP website, such as this one regarding university funding.