Jeramiah Carter embarks on Australian first representing Indigenous youth

At just 19 years of age, Jeramiah Carter has embarked on an Australian first representing Indigenous youth at the United Nations (UN) in Geneva.

Mr Carter was one of just seven Indigenous youths selected in NSW to join the NSW Aboriginal Land Council Youth Advisory Committee.

The young Commonwealth bank worker, who had just secured his job after four months unemployment as a result of the drought, and said the experience had been "absolutely crazy".

"Especially if I go back six months ago, I was just a farm hand at the local abattoir in Nyngan," he said.

"I finally got the job [at the Commonwealth bank] I was starting to get on top of everything and I saw this and thought it would be something cool to be involved in and give back a little bit.

"Then it's turned out to be a really good thing."


Last month Mr Carter travelled overseas for the first time in his life, where he addressed the UN about issues he faced as an Indigenous youth in his community, which were formally taken on board by a number of other countries.

Mr Carter said he spoke about the importance of Indigenous education in school, and praised Nyngan for being one of the only ones in the local region to implement it.

The young leader said he was impressed by how much power the UN imposes and said the committee was the first in 130 different nations to voice youth concerns.

"From what I've noticed is how much the UN in particular listen to youth, which is so important that the youth actually have a voice now which is great," Mr Carter said.

"It's never before and the fact that we're starting it too is even crazier.

"We [as youth] are the ones who have got to decide what to do eventually, so why not now."

Mr Carter said he hopes to continue with his work with the UN and said there's "plenty more to come".

He thanked his father Brett Carter, Jodi Douglas at the Commonwealth bank and Veneta Dutton from the Nyngan LALC for supporting him.