Victorian Government Youth Policy

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Youth forums help to shape the future

In 2016 young people across Victoria were asked to help shape future government decisions by taking part in 12 youth forums.

Held by the Victorian Government and the Youth Affairs Council of Victoria (YACVic), these youth forums gave young people the opportunity to contribute to the agenda of the Victorian Youth Summit, which was held in National Youth Week 2017.

With input from these youth forums, the Youth Summit brought together young people from across the state to identify issues that matter most to them.

The Youth Summit and the Youth Congress are two of the Youth Policy's flagship projects.

Find out more about the youth forums on our Youth forums page

Building stronger youth engagement in Victoria

Young Victorians now have more opportunities to have their say and participate in decision making under the Victorian Government’s Youth Policy: Building Stronger Youth Engagement in Victoria.

The Youth Policy strengthens how government engages with young people, including those whose voices often go unheard. 

It also outlines ways that the government will engage with young people on policies, programs and services.

Exciting new flagship projects will be rolled out to strengthen youth engagement, including:

  • a youth summit
  • an annual youth survey
  • social policy design labs.

The outcomes of these projects and other engagement activities across government will be communicated via a Report Card that will be published on Youth Central.

This Youth Policy:

  • was developed in consultation with over 2000 young people
  • outlines government reforms that are addressing critical issues identified by young people
  • reflects the Government’s commitment to engage more effectively with young people when developing government policies, services and programs
  • includes a Youth Engagement Charter that will guide the way the government engages with young people.

Download the policy

Youth Policy – Building Stronger Youth Engagement in Victoria (.pdf, 4.92 MB)

Youth Policy – Building Stronger Youth Engagement in Victoria (Word, 448.5 KB)