During the program, Youth Members are placed into Youth Departments based on their areas of interest, and are assigned a Mentor who is experienced in parliamentary protocol and legislative writing. After discussing relevant issues and coming to an agreement on a topic they would like to debate in Parliament, they are divided into Sponsoring and Refuting teams.
The Sponsoring team is responsible for writing the Youth Bill and the Refuting team is responsible for writing amendments to improve it. Armed with their Youth Bills and ammendements, Youth Members assemble in Brisbane for one week, in the September-October mid-semester break and debate in the Queensland Parliamentary Chambers.

Below is a list of the 2018 Youth Departments and their responsibilities:

Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships

2018 Mentor: Ebony-Lee Corbyn
Sponsoring Youth Minister: Alex Ellem
Refuting Youth Minister: Matthew Wilson

The Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships (DATSIP) will seek to improve outcomes for Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders. The Department will be tasked with rising to the challenges of rural and urban Indigenous education and health. It is also responsible for promoting multicultural events, and for protecting the cultural history of our First Peoples.



Department of Agriculture, Environment and Natural Resources

2018 Mentor: Isabella Pennings
Sponsoring Youth Minister: Charlotte Watson
Refuting Youth Minister: Xandache West

The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Natural Resources (DAENR) will seek to promote resilient, sustainable and profitable primary industries, whilst also being committed to ensuring Queenslanders benefit from the productive, sustainable use of the state’s natural resources – our land, water and minerals. The Department will also seek to manage the health of Queensland's environment, to protect our unique ecosystems, flora and fauna.



Department of Communities and Social Services

2018 Mentor: Martin Boga
Sponsoring Youth Minister: Patrick Robinson
Refuting Youth Minister: Daylon Johnson

The Department of Communities and Social Services (DCSS) will seek to enable vulnerable Queenslanders to improve their lives, by providing services that protect at-risk children, families, seniors, and youth. The Department has the additional responsibility of planning for disaster management, and maintaining a reliable response network.



Department of Education and Training

2018 Mentor: Liam Farrant
Sponsoring Youth Minister: Layla Neel
Refuting Youth Minister: Barclay McGain

The Department of Education and Training (DET) will be tasked with ensuring Queenslanders have access to world-class education and training services, at every stage of their personal and professional development. The Department will be responsible for investigating innovative training and education practices, to provide a competitive and modern skillset to Queensland students.



Department of Health and Disability Services

2018 Mentor: Yolanda Lovie-Toon
Sponsoring Youth Minister: Clarke Hooper
Refuting Youth Minister: Rebecca Le

The Department of Health and Disability Services (DHDS) will seek to improve the health equity of Queensland, to ensure Queenslanders live long, healthy and independent lives. The Department will be responsible for maintaining an effective and efficient health system, and emergency response service, that Queenslanders can have confidence in. Additionally, it will be tasked with legislating to provide a continually improving, high quality of life for people with a disability.



Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation

2018 Mentor: Logan Muller
Sponsoring Youth Minister: Austin Melloy
Refuting Youth Minister: Portia Allison

The Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation (DSITI) will seek to develop science and ICT policy across the Queensland government, and to focus on innovation as a key economic driver. Through building strong relationships with key innovation and ICT industry stakeholders, the Department will also seek to improve government service delivery and to benefit consumers by providing government support for innovative business practices.



Department of Justice and Attorney General

2018 Mentor: Kathryn Schmidt
Sponsoring Youth Minister: Hamilton Kay-Butterworth
Refuting Youth Minister: Francis Ildefonso

The Department of Justice and Attorney General (DJAG) will seek to make Queensland a fairer, safer and more just state through changes to existing legislation and the creation of new laws. The department will respond to the needs and interests of the community, improving frontline policing services, and maintaining a comphrensive incarceration and rehabilition system. Correspondingly, it will have responsibility for reforming laws relating to: the courts; dispute resolution; criminal justice; censorship; individual rights and freedoms; and births, deaths and marriages.



Department of Transport and Main Roads

2018 Mentor: TJ Morley-Buchanan
Sponsoring Youth Minister: Leanne Hassed
Refuting Youth Minister: Natalie McHugh

The Department of Transport and Main Roads (DTMR) will seek to deliver a safe, efficient and reliable road network for Queensland, with continually growing capacity. The Department will also be responsible for providing attractive public and active transport options, to ensure Queenslanders have a variety of transit options.