According to a Cricket Australia release, the championships returns to New South Wales for the first time since 1998-99, when Orange hosted the tournament.
The host state have dominated the under-19 female championships in the competition's eight-year history, winning seven titles. It's winning run was briefly halted in 2002-03 when Queensland broke through to claim its first Betty Wilson Shield.
The eight-day tournament which continues till January 12, features six states in a five-round 50-over per side competition, with a final series to determine the championship winner.
The introduction of the under-18 championships and the subsequent expansion into the under-19 format, have been a great boost for upcoming players as a number of them have progressed from these championships to compete at the international level.
Australia's most recent debutant, Kate Blackwell, who made her one-day international debut on the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars' tour of India last month is a recent example of that.
In line with Cricket Australia's Spirit of Cricket initiative, a 'Spirit of Cricket' award will be presented to the team that best personifies the true spirit, traditions and values associated with cricket, the release added.
The Australian female under-17 Championships to be held in Perth from 19-26 January.
The fixture for the Australian female Under-19 Championships is:
|Round 1: Wednesday, 5 January|
|New South Wales Vs Queensland||Raby 2|
|Victoria Vs Western Australia||Raby 3|
|South Australia Vs Tasmania||Memorial Oval|
|Round 2: Thursday, 6 January|
|New South Wales Vs Western Australia||Raby 1|
|Queensland Vs South Australia||Raby 4|
|Victoria Vs Tasmania||Bradbury Oval|
|Round 3: Friday, 7 January|
|New South Wales Vs Tasmania||Bradbury Oval (TBC)|
|Victoria Vs South Australia||Raby 3|
|Queensland Vs Western Australia||Raby 2|
|Round 4: Sunday, 9 January|
|New South Wales Vs South Australia||Memorial Oval|
|Queensland Vs Victoria||Raby 3|
|Western Australia Vs Tasmania||Raby 4|
|Round 5: Monday, 10 January|
|New South Wales Vs Victoria||Raby 2|
|Western Australia Vs South Australia||Raby 4|
|Queensland Vs Tasmania||Bradbury Oval|
|Finals: Wednesday, 12 January|
|1 Vs 2||Raby 1|
|3 Vs 4||Raby 2|
|5 Vs 6||Raby 3|