With thousands of young Victorians, the Victorian Government has created a new youth strategy to make our state the best place for young people.
Our promise, Your Future : Victoria's youth strategy 2022-2027
The strategy will give young people better access to opportunities and support them to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.
This is a five-year plan for every young Victorian, and we will work with young people and our youth and community partners to deliver it.
- A Victoria where young people are healthy, well, safe and secure
- Young people are respected and central in decision making
- Young people have inclusive and accessible support to achieve their goals and feel optimistic, motivated and inspired about their future
The youth strategy recognises that all issues that matter to Victoria, matter to young people. Over the next five years, our work will build on and strengthen existing work, better coordinate efforts to improve what we achieve, and set out new ways of engaging and supporting young people. We make 74 promises to you under the areas below:
- Young people are healthy and well
- Young people are safe and secure
- Young people achieve their goals through education, training and employment
- Young people are respected and involved in decisions about their communities
- Young people are confident an strong in their identity and culture and are supported in their communities
- Services are coordinated, responsive and accessible
Implementation of the youth strategy will be guided by an outcomes framework and young people and the youth and community sectors will continue to be involved and keep us accountable.
- Set up an advisory group with equal membership of young people and youth sector partners to advise government and guide implementation
- Continue to seek feedback from young people through surveys and consultations
- Report on the progress of implementation
Acknowledgement of Country
We acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the first peoples and Traditional Owners and custodians of the land and waterways on which we live.
We honour and pay our respects to Elders past and present
We recognise all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and their ongoing strength and resilience despite the past and present impacts of colonisation and dispossession. We acknowledge the important role that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people play as leaders in their communities and across Victoria.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples represent the world’s oldest living culture. We celebrate and respect this continuing culture and strive to empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people as they draw on the strength of their community, families and culture to build a bright future.
Treaty in Victoria
We are deeply committed to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander self-determination and to supporting Victoria's treaty process. We acknowledge that treaty will have wide-ranging impacts for the way we work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Victorians. We seek to create respectful and collaborative partnerships and develop policies and programs that respect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander self-determination and align with treaty aspirations.
We acknowledge that Victoria’s treaty process will provide a framework for the transfer of decision-making power and resources to support self-determining Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to take control of matters that affect their lives.
We commit to working proactively to support this work in line with the aspirations of the First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria.
View the Youth Strategy
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Treaty: A treaty is an agreement between states, nations or governments. This can include an agreement between First Peoples and governments. There is no set form for what a treaty with First Peoples should contain. The State of Victoria is working with Traditional Owners and Aboriginal Victorians as equal partners to deliver a treaty or treaties that recognises and celebrates their unique status, rights, cultures and histories.