Kaytlyn Johnson

Youth leader and singer-songwriter

2022 TAS Young Australian of the Year

Hailing from Wynyard in north-west Tasmania, Palawa woman Kaytlyn Johnson is an inspiring youth leader. In 2021, she won the First National Real Estate Leadership Award at the Tasmanian Young Achiever Awards, while also taking out the major category – the Premier’s Young Achiever of the Year Award.

In high school, Kaytlyn was co-president of the Student Executive Council and one of seven student ambassadors involved in Tasmania’s 150 years of public education celebrations. She earned an impressive ATAR in Year 12, which gained her acceptance into the University of Melbourne on a Chancellor’s Scholarship.

Kaytlyn is a key member of Project O – an initiative that empowers young rural women to develop new skills, connect with their communities, and use their voices to campaign for change. Its latest ‘Colourathon’ art initiative raised more than $12,000 for women and children experiencing family violence.

Kaytlyn is also a talented singer-songwriter with her music featured on triple j Unearthed. She’s an inspiration to many young Tasmanians, especially those in the Indigenous community.