Victorian Government Youth Policy


New youth forums will help to shape the future

Young people across Victoria are being asked to help shape future government decisions by taking part in youth forums.

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

The first youth forum will be held in Swan Hill on 21 September 2016. They will also be held across Victoria later in 2016, including forums in: 

  • Geelong
  • Wangaratta
  • Morwell
  • Warrnambool
  • Melbourne
  • Dandenong

With input from these youth forums, the Youth Summit will bring together young people from across the state to identify issues that matter most to them. Young people will also elect regional representatives to the Victorian Youth Congress. These representatives will advise government and act on priority issues.

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

Stay tuned to Youth Central for more information about these youth forums.

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

For updates about the Youth Policy, register your interest using the form below.

Download the policy

‚Äč Youth Policy – Building Stronger Youth Engagement in Victoria (4.7 MB)

Correction: On page 25 of the Youth Policy, reference is made to $27.5 million investment for suicide prevention initiatives as part of the Victorian Suicide Prevention Framework. This included funding to the Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) to support development of a suicide prevention app for young people. As the CRC is no longer operational, the app concept will not be developed.


Register your interest in the Victorian Government Youth Policy