The Victorian Local Governance Association (VLGA), in partnership with the Youth Affairs Council of Victoria (YACVic), presents the READYS (Recognising Excellence Awards for Delivering Youth Services) for local governments, organisations and individuals working to make a difference in the lives of young Victorians. These awards aim to recognise excellence in youth service delivery and youth work in Victoria and to celebrate the unique and innovative ways we work with young people across the State.
Have you been affected by family violence and are you aged between 18-24? Would you talk about your experience so the system can be improved for other young people?
What has happened to National Youth Week?
As part of the Federal Budget 2015, the Australian Government has cut the amount it spends on ‘youth engagement’. This means there will be no more federal National Youth Week activities:
- the National Youth Awards have been cancelled,
- the National Youth Week organising committee will not meet,
- the National Youth Week website, e-news and social media will be removed.
Find out more over at our health, saftey and wellbeing policy area here.
The Youth Affairs Council of Victoria welcomes the 2015-16 federal budget’s emphasis on providing young people with stronger, supported pathways into employment. However, YACVic was dismayed by the budget’s punitive approach towards young people receiving income support, as well as the absence of any significant new commitments to youth mental health, and the defunding of the Australian Clearinghouse for Youth Studies.
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VicSRC Congress is a three day explosion of student voice. Run by students, for students and attended by the Minister for Education, VicSRC Congress brings students together from all across Victoria to decide on the issues that really matter to their education.
Victoria’s Royal Commission into Family Violence is seeking submissions to help them identify practical ways to prevent violence, protect those at risk, and improve service sector coordination. YACVic will be making a submission, and we welcome your input here.
On 12th March 2015, YACVic hosted a local government youth services forum in Melbourne CBD. Forty-three people attended, representing approx 15 LGAs, plus representatives from YACVic and the Office for Youth.
Throughout April and May, 2015 the Youth Affairs Council of Victoria’s Rural Youth Service is running a series of four fun and interactive training workshops that will equip young people with the skills they need to create change, better understand themselves and their potential, work well together and have a greater impact in their community. See full event details here.
YACVic is seeking expressions of interest for a co-opted role to the YACVic board of governance. This role will be for a young person in the role of young media spokesperson. This position responds to media enquiries along with the CEO of YACVic. Full info here.
Over the next few months YACVic will continue to host a ten-part series of forums across metro, rural and regional Victoria designed for LGA youth services coordinators, LGA youth workers, and other LGA team members keen to engage well with young people. Find full event details here.
New welfare model raises concerns for young Australians
25 February 2015: Australia’s peak bodies for young people and the sector that supports them – the Australian Youth Affairs Coalition (AYAC), the Youth Affairs Council of Victoria (YACVic), Youth Action NSW, Youth Coalition of the ACT, Youth Affairs Network Queensland (YANQ), Youth Network of Tasmania (YNOT), Youth Affairs Council of Western Australia (YACWA) and the Youth Affairs Council of South Australia (YACSA) – have raised joint concerns about the Final Report of the Reference Group on Welfare Reform to the Minister for Social Service (the McClure Report). See full media release here.
New criminal offences have been introduced to improve responses to child sexual abuse. What are they and how do they affect youth workers and the youth sector?
YACVic is proud to announce a new partnership with YoDAA, Victoria's Youth Drug and Alcohol Advice service. YoDAA is auspiced by YSAS and aims to provide the simple access to information, support and services for anyone concerned about a young person’s alcohol or other drug (AOD) use.
28 November 2014 YACVic received a detailed response on behalf of the Napthine Government to our 2014 Election Platform. It addresses policy areas including housing and homelessness, mental health, youth diversion, mentoring, and the work of Youth Connections, school focused youth aervices, and the Local Learning and Employment Networks.
Read the full response here: YACVic Election Platform 2014 – Napthine Government Response
25 November 2014: Five days out from Victoria’s state election, the Youth Affairs Council of Victoria asks: what initiatives are the major parties promising to improve outcomes for Victoria’s young people? See the full media release here.
17 November 2014: The Youth Affairs Council of Victoria today welcomed the Victorian Labor Party’s commitment of $100 million to strengthen the TAFE sector in Victoria. Read more here.
17 November 2014: The Youth Affairs Council of Victoria today welcomed the Napthine government’s commitment of $1.2 billion in capital funding for new schools and school upgrades through 200+ projects around the state. Read more here.
14 November 2014: The Youth Affairs Council of Victoria today welcomed the Napthine Government’s commitment of $1 million to help secondary students plan for a career. Read more here.
14 November 2014: The Youth Affairs Council of Victoria today welcomed the Victorian Government’s commitment of $6 million to erect up to 120 backyard studios to house young people at risk of homelessness. Read more here.
14 November 2014: The Youth Affairs Council of Victoria today welcomed the Victorian Labor Party’s commitment of $60 million to rebuild Orygen Youth Health’s Parkville facility. Read more here.
Monday November 10, 2014: The Youth Affairs Council of Victoria today welcomed the Victorian Labor Party’s commitment to increase support to young Victorians to become safe and responsible drivers.More here.
Ahead of the Victorian State Election, the Youth Affairs Council of Victoria (YACVic) will host a Q&A, ‘town-hall’ style event, to discuss issues affecting young people and youth sector workers.
The forum will be held on Thursday 13 November, 3-5pm at the Multicultural Hub, 506 Elizabeth St Melbourne CBD.
YACVic is delighted to announce the recipients of HEY Grants Round 4. This year, thirteen community groups will receive grants to support suicide prevention and better mental health for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex (GLBTI) young people. The fourth round of the Healthy Equal Youth (HEY) grants totals more than $290,000.
In their Exposure Draft for Employment Services 2015-2020, the federal government outlines a vision for reforming the job services and income support systems which would have a disproportionate impact on young people. YACVic calls for a different focus, on young people’s wellbeing and development of ‘work ready’ skills.
The 'McClure' interim report flags significant changes to income support which would affect young people, especially those with disabilities. YACVic calls for much greater stakeholder engagement and a stronger focus on young people's wellbeing and right to a decent standard of living.
Click here for YACVic's welfare review submission.
Do you want to represent the voices of Koorie young people in Victoria?
Applications are now open for membership on the Koorie Youth Council (the KYC) - The voice of young Koories, shaping a better future.
YACVic, in partnership with the Victorian Local Learning Employment Networks, is delighted to invite you to the launch of the final report of Deferring a University Offer in Regional Victoria. Register here.
** Extended deadline for Community Organisations and Individuals categories **
Nominations due to
by 10am Monday 15 September.
** Please note the local government category is now closed.
Victoria’s youth sector is recognised nationally for excellence and innovation in delivering quality youth services. Youth workers possess unique skills and attributes that enable them to work with young people in positive and supportive ways.
**Please note changes: this position has been updated (hours).
Rural Support Officer - YACVic - updated
(30.4 to 38 hours per week, negotiable)
Fixed-term contract to 30 June 2015.
YACVic pays above award rates. This position is offered at between $29.65 and $33.99 per hour.
Melbourne-based role with travel required.
YACVic, in partnership with VCOSS, the Council to Homeless Persons and the Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare will host a forum for the youth sector on the recent Federal budget and how it might impact both young people and the sector that supports them.
Keep the Peak Alive!
AYAC is the national peak body for young people and the sector that supports them. Up until June 30, 2014 AYAC had received funding support from the Federal Government to support our work and activities. From July 1, 2014 AYAC will operate on a model supported by our cash reserves, membership fees and fund-raising activities.
Federal budget raises threat of youth poverty, homelessness
The Youth Affairs Council of Victoria (YACVic), the state peak body for young people and the youth sector, has expressed deep concern at the likely impacts of the 2014-15 federal budget on young people. With reduced access to income support, education, training and employment, many young people will be at risk of poverty and homelessness.
27 June, Kyneton Town Hall, 129 Mollison St, Kyneton
9.30 am – 4 pm
YACVic invites you to comment on our draft proposal, and share your thoughts at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/youthsectorandgovernance
Many services supporting young people rely on help from philanthropic bodies. But how easy is it to access philanthropic funds? Does it matter where you work, which young people you work with, what your project is, or how much money you need? How could the philanthropic, government and youth sectors to work better together?
If you work for a community organisation, school, or local government supporting young people, YACVic would like to hear from you! We'd like your thoughts regardless of whether you've received philanthropic grants recently or not.
This anonymous survey takes around 10 minutes. It will inform a policy paper to the Victorian Government, and this work will subsequently be made available through our website.
YACVic’s 2004 ‘Taking Young People Seriously’ handbooks led the way for youth participation in Victoria. Yerp modernises the handbooks in an information-packed website perfectly suited to smartphones and mobile devices.
Its unique, fun design has been developed in consultation with over 300 young people and youth sector workers throughout Victoria.
Yerp supports one big idea – that young people have an important role in shaping the present and future of Victoria’s communities
Help YACVic keep taking the next step with the Code of Ethical Practice. This year, YACVic and the Victorian Government Office for Youth are working with the Victorian youth sector to further promote the Code of Ethical Practice.
YACVic have signed the Open letter to Minister Dixon regarding the removal of the Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA).
In 2014, YACVic and the Victorian Government Office for Youth will work with the Victorian youth sector to further promote YACVic’s Code of Ethical Practice and ensure ethical practice is embedded in all work that occurs with young people. To make sure this work is as valuable as possible YACVic is seeking feedback from people across all levels of the youth sector about who is currently using The Code and how. We are also interested in hearing from people who work in the sector but do not use The Code, or may be hearing about it for the first time. You can help by taking this short survey and by forwarding this email far and wide through your networks.
We received an incredible 26 local government nominations, 6 community organisation nominations and 4 individual nominations in the inaugural READYS. The nominations came from near and far across Victoria, and showcased not only the incredible work that is happening across the youth services sector - but also that there is a real and urgent need for young people to be consulted, engaged and involved within their communities.
HEY Grants Round 3 recipients
In Round 3 of the HEY Grants $189,297 was allocated to projects designed to support the health and well-being of same sex attracted and/or sex/gender diverse young people. The 10 funded projects were selected from 34 applications which asked for a combined total of $955,714.
YACVic, alongside the six other youth affairs peak bodies, have put their name to a letter to the Hon. Kevin Andrews MP, asking to amend changes to the Transition to Independent Living Allowance, particularly to the availability of the allowance to those young people leaving informal care.
Read the letter here: KAndrewsMP TILA Letter 131001 (85.64 kB)
Building the Scaffolding: Strengthening support for young people in Victoria – the next stages.
The Youth Affairs Council of Victoria and the Victorian Council of Social Service invite you to help us progress key recommendations from our research Building the Scaffolding: Strengthening Support for young people in Victoria.
Challenges for the Community Justice System: 18-25 year olds
The changes to the Justice system are having a profound impact on young people, particularly those aged between 18 and 25 years of age. The YWA, Victoria University Youth Work, Youth Junction Inc. and YACVic are pleased to facilitate the opportunity for practitioners to discuss the latest policy and programs and to see how others in the industry are meeting those challenges.
Four panel members, currently senior practitioners and policy makers within the justice sector, will lead an open panel session and then will also run a small workshop each within their area of expertise throughout the day.
Enrol before 8pm on Monday 12th August.
The federal election has been called for Saturday September 7th, which is just a month away. A staggering one in four young people (18-25) are not enrolled to vote, which means they're missing out on this valuable opportunity to have their voice heard. If you think that your vote won't count, how about this: the past federal election was decided by just 30,000 votes, yet 500,000 young people aren't enrolled to vote right now. So better get enrolling!
The best way to do it is to go to http://www.aec.gov.au/enrol. It couldn't be easier - you can do it completely online, from your iPhone, where ever.
You'll need a current driver's licence or Australian passport, or failing that someone you know who's on the electoral roll can sign to vouch for your identity. The best bit - you can sign digitally, within the online form. Literally a piece of cake!
Make the most of this chance to have your first vote count!
Check out this video of 2013 Young Australian of the Year Akram Azimi talking about why it's so important to enrol and vote: Akram Azimi for the Australian Electoral Commission
YACVic’s research piece, ‘What makes you Tweet?’, explores young people’s use of social media and perspectives about how government agencies and community organisations should use social media to communicate with them. Through a survey of 55 young people, six focus groups and five case studies, the report highlights opportunities for social media to be used as an engagement tool in ways that are empowering, purposefully engaging and inclusive. Inside the full report you'll find case studies from Minus 18, Koorie Youth Council, Youth Disability Advocacy Service (YDAS), Human vs Zombies Victoria Inc., and Banyule Youth Services.
Check it out on our Youth Participation Policy page: http://www.yacvic.org.au/policy-publications/publications-listed-by-policy-area/36-youth-participation/439-takeaway-what-makes-you-tweet-young-people-s-perspectives-on-the-use-of-social-media-as-an-engagement-tool
Does your organisation work with or have plans to work with same sex attracted and/or sex/gender diverse (SSASGD) young people (aged 14 – 25 years)?In 2011 the Victorian Government committed $4 million over four years to support the development and delivery of programs that improve the mental health and well-being of SSASGD young people. A number of SSASGD youth programs and services have been funded as part of an integrated program aimed at reducing homophobia and transphobia, providing support to SSASGD youth, and promoting SSASGD young people’s strength and resilience.
As part of this funding program, the HEY Grants brokerage/innovation small grant round has been established to assist organisations in providing mental health promotion and capacity building activities for SSASGD young people in their local communities.
Fifteen organisations have received HEY Grant funding so far and many programs and activities are currently underway across the state.
Part–time, up to 45.60 hours per fortnight, negotiable.
Salary: SCHADAS Award, $30.00 – $35.00 per hour. ($59,280 - $69,160 per annum, pro rata).
The Youth Affairs Council of Victoria Inc. (YACVic) is the peak body and leading policy advocate on young people’s issues in Victoria. YACVic’s vision is for a Victorian Community that values and provides opportunity, participation, justice and equity for all young people.
YACVic is governed by a volunteer Board and managed by a paid secretariat. The Council’s core funding comes from the Victorian Government’s Office for Youth.
We are looking for a capable and motivated person to join our small and friendly team.
The Finance Officer is responsible for maintaining and managing organisational accounting systems including all primary documents, records of accounts payable, schedules of grants and other income receivable, payroll, petty cash, accrued leave entitlements, taxation records, assets register, balance sheet and financial reports. You will at times be liaising with clients over the phone and face-to-face.
To be successful, you will have had solid working experience in a similar role; experience in the use of QuickBooks, Excel and other relevant applications. You will possess excellent attention to detail; be enthusiastic and positive, possess a willingness to learn and demonstrate initiative.
Applications close on Thursday June13, 2013 at 5.00pm.
Young people have their say about the future of Melbourne
Young people across Melbourne contributed to the development of the Melbourne Metropolitan Strategy through a fun, interactive consultation. Young people reported valuing the broad range of activities, festivals and events, the cultural vitality, and the unique mix of natural and built environments in Melbourne. Big issues young people were keen to see addressed in the final strategy included transport, housing affordability, and safety.
Building the Scaffolding – Strengthening support for young people in Victoria is a new joint research report by the Victorian Council of Social Service and the Youth Affairs Council of Victoria’s (YACVic), examining how policy, planning and the delivery of youth support services could be strengthened to improve support for young people in Victoria.
It might even be more permanent than a tattoo... what you post online could stay there for life!
The web presents many fantastic ways to communicate. Social media sites are a fun and effective way to communicate with friends, family, and people far and wide, but there are also risks involved.
Guest blog by Dr Jessie Mitchell, Victorian Rural Youth Services Support and Advocacy Officer at the Youth Affairs Council of Victoria.
When talking about rural and regioinal communities, a common challenge presents itself: how do you draw attention to the higher levels of disadvantage outside of major cities, without losing sight of the great strengths of rural community life? Both issues are important for the 30 per cent of Victoria’s children and young people who are growing up in rural and regional areas.
The latest The State of Victoria’s Children report, now released by the Victorian Government, reveals that children and young people in rural and regional communities are at much greater risk of disadvantage and hardship than their Melbourne peers.
The Youth Affairs Council of Victoria (YACVic) is running a short survey to find out about how safe you feel when you’re out and about in the Melbourne CBD (e.g. when spending time with friends, going to events, live music, shopping, restaurants, or going to or from work).
The Youth Partnerships Secretariat recently distributed a discussion paper seeking input on DEECD’s proposed approaches to improving coordination and integration of service delivery to young people, particularly across youth services and education platforms.
Diversion programs are most effective when they provide holistic support and work with young people to address the issues that lead to the offending behaviour finds a new report published by YACVic and the Centre for Multicultural Youth (CMY). The report is based on in-depth interviews with 14 young people with experience of the youth justice system and was produced in response to the discussion paper Practical lessons, fair consequences: Improving diversion for young people in Victoria.
On Friday 16 November, The Victorian Indigenous Youth Advisory Council, known for almost 10 years as VIYAC, re-launched as the Koorie Youth Council.
The Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Jeanette Powell, launched a celebratory event at the Korin Gamadji Institute at the Richmond Football Club, which was attended by a diverse cross section of the community. Over 150 people enjoyed a performance by the Yung Warriors, Maurial Spearim, Lee Morgan and Nikki Ashby. Young members traveled from across the state to take part in a dance workshop run by Indigenous Hip Hop Projects, wowing the crowd before taking to the Koorie Photo Booth.
The Quality Assurance Project is a new initiative from the VYMA that will support the delivery of high quality mentoring programs across the state. This initiative will see organisations build upon the Australian Youth Mentoring Benchmarks, which have been set by the peak body for youth mentoring in Australia. The aim is to raise the profile of the Victorian youth mentoring sector and increase confidence from mentoring participants, supporters and funders.
Introduction of federal protection against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity – a change welcomed by YACVic!
The Attorney-General’s Department has released the Exposure Draft Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Bill 2012, a Bill aimed at consolidating anti-discrimination laws into one piece of Federal legislation (Attorney-General’s Department 2012). The Bill is currently being considered by the Senate Standing Committees on Legal and Constitutional Affairs.
Meet the Minister is a new feature, where we will put important policy questions directly to Government Ministers. In October's edition of our members' newsletter Yikes, we featured Minister for Higher Education and Skills; the Teaching Profession, The Hon Peter Hall.
The Youth Disability Advocacy Service hosted Australia’s first ever National Youth Disability Conference on the 24 and 25 of September at Melbourne’s Jasper Hotel. The conference was a huge success with not one empty seat in sight, and brought together young people with disabilities from across the country and as far away as Kalgoorlie!
YACVic supports the rights of children and young people in Joint NGO Submission to the UN Human Rights Committee
In August, YACVic supported Section 17 of the Joint NGO Submission to the UN Human Rights Committee on the List of Issues Prior to Reporting for the Sixth Periodic Report of Australia (August 2012).
The Y Discover Parks Youth Grants Program is the result of a partnership between YACVic and Parks Victoria
The grants program aims to support innovative and creative programs that provide opportunities for young people aged 12 to 25 to become more active and involved in parks.