Information for schools and teachers | Youth Central

The Department of Premier & Cabinet funds Victorian government secondary schools  under the Advance program to  support their students to participate and volunteer in their community.

The Advance framework

Participating schools deliver 5 program elements:

  • Learning modules 1, 2 and 3 - community, communication and project management skill development
  • Recognised training
  • A community project or series of volunteering activities - delivered in partnership, with innovative approaches to program delivery are encouraged
  • Recognition and celebration
  • Young people involved in decision-making.

Program reporting is also expected by schools participating in the Advance program.

Program delivery

Advance is delivered in a range of school settings including:

  • Secondary schools - years 7 to 12
  • Special schools
  • Special developmental schools
  • English as a second language schools.

Schools decide how to target and deliver Advance and implement the program in a range of ways such as:

  • Integrated into core curriculum
  • As an elective inside of school time
  • As an elective outside of school time.

Which then assists in the enrichment and delivery of:

  • AusVELS
  • The Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning
  • Vocational Education Training.

The flexibility of Advance means it can be modified to suit the needs, interests and abilities of any number of students from a range of diverse backgrounds and locations. Innovative approaches to the program delivery are encouraged.

Use of funding

What can I use my Advance funding on?

Advance activities and training

  • $800 Professional Development
  • Recognition and celebration activities
  • Basic skills training for young people
  • NOT towards wages
  • NOT on school assets that Advance students don’t get to access

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