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Media release: New TAFE pathways for young Victorians

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.

Media release: Boost for secondary schools in Victoria

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.

Media Release: New help for secondary students to plan their careers

14 November 2014The 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.

Media release: Safe, affordable housing key to young people’s futures

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.

Media release: Strengthening mental health support for young people

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.

Media release: Support for young drivers a welcome commitment

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.

 

YACVic Election Forum 2014

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.

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YACVic infographics

There were a couple of cool infographics that were a part of our recent annual report, illustrating the achievements of YACVic over the financial year. They're here for your viewing pleasure if you're interested.

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HEY Grants Round 4 recipients announced

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. 

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2014 READYS Finalists and Winners

The READYS stand for 'Recognising Excellence Awards for Delivering Youth Services' and are in their second year, nominations coming from near and far across Victoria, showcasing the incredible work that is happening across the youth services sector. It is heartening to see that community organisations, local governments and individual youth workers are working hard to genuinely involve young people in what’s happening in the community. They’re doing so through committees and councils, youth-led activities, conferences, training programs and much more.Each of the 15 finalists demonstrated a unique and innovative approach to working with young people at a local level, and also showed a true understanding of the fact that it’s not just enough to run a youth-focused program. Instead, programs need to be founded on the principle of ‘for young people, by young people’.

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LGA Statewide Forum Oct 9th 2014

Local Issues, Collective Solutions
Local Government Youth Services Working Together for a Better State for Young Victorians

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YACVic's Annual General Meeting

YACVic’s AGM will be held on 9 October, 2014 at 5pm at the Bourke Room of the Windsor Hotel, 111 Spring Street, Melbourne.

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Employment Services Review – a YACVic perspective

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. 

Read more and download the document.

Federal Welfare Review

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

Applications are now open for membership on the Koorie Youth Council (KYC)

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.

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Equip Grants for Rural Young People Announced

We are pleased to announce the successful recipients of the Equip grants for young people in rural and regional Victoria!

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Deferring a University Offer in Regional Victoria 2014 - final report launch

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.

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READYS: Recognising Excellence Awards for Delivering Youth Services

** Extended deadline for Community Organisations and Individuals categories **

Nominations due to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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.

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Rural Support Officer - updated

**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.

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A forum on the federal budget and the potential impact on young people and youth services

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. 

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Australian Youth Affairs Council – National Coordinator (part time)

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.

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Federal budget 2014-15: Response from the Youth Affairs Council of Victoria

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.

 

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Eroticising Inequality: Pornography, young people and sexuality

27 June, Kyneton Town Hall, 129 Mollison St, Kyneton
9.30 am – 4 pm

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Philanthropy and Youth Support

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.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/philanthropyandyouthsupport

Equip Grant Program

The Equip Grant Program is part of the Victorian Government’s $3.2 million Shape It! strategy, which helps young people in rural and regional Victoria to participate in local decision-making.

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YACVic launches Yerp!

We're thrilled to announce that YACVic's new online toolkit, Yerp, has finally launched.

www.yerp.org.au

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.

So keep an eye out for Yerp – www.yerp.org.au

YACVic’s Youth Sector Consultations: The Code of Ethical Practice

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.

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YACVic Membership Intern position available

Position Vacant
YACVic Membership Internship
Youth Affairs Council of Victoria (YACVic)
2 days per week over a 3 month period
$20 per-diem to cover expenses
Melbourne CBD based role.

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An Open Letter to the Minister for Education from the Education Equity Coalition

YACVic have signed the Open letter to Minister Dixon regarding the removal of the Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA).

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Help YACVic take the next step with the Code of Ethical Practice

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.

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READYS Winners 2013

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.

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HEY Grants Round 3 recipients

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.

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Transition to Independent Living Allowance changes

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.

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Building the Scaffolding - forum event at Fitzroy Town Hall

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. 

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HEY Day

HEY DAY: Working together to promote positive health and well-being outcomes for same sex attracted and sex and gender diverse young people

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KYC is seeking a Project Officer

The Koorie Youth Council is seeking a part time Project Officer, based in Richmond.

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Justice for Youth

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.

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Enrol to vote: calling all young people.

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

What makes you tweet? Young people's perspectives on the use of social media as an engagement tool

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

HEY Grants Round 3 2013 Announced

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.

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Recruiting: Finance Officer (PT)

Finance Officer

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.

Download a full position description below or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Enquiries should be directed to YACVic’s CEO, Georgie Ferrari This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 03 9267 3711.

Applications must respond to the key selection criteria as listed in the position description. Applications should be addressed to Georgie Ferrari, YACVic CEO and can be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Applications close on Thursday June13, 2013 at 5.00pm.

YACVic's Submission to the Metropolitan Melbourbe Planning Strategy

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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.

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Building the Scaffolding: Strengthening support for young people in Victoria

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.

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It's There For Life!

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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.

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Growing up in regional Victoria – the good, the bad and the transport

This post was first published on the VCOSS Voice blog on 26 February 2013 and we are republishing it here with their kind permission.

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.

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New report shows rural young people at greater risk of hardship

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. 

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Want the chance to win a $50 JB HI-FI voucher?

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).

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Reforming support to vulnerable young people: A discussion paper

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.

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Diversion options for young offenders

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. 

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Community comes together to launch the new Koorie Youth Council

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.

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The Quality Assurance Project - A new initiative for mentoring

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.

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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.

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HEY Grants Round 2 Recipients Announced

In Round 2 of the HEY Grants, over $200,000 was allocated to projects designed to support the health and well being of same sex attracted and/or sex/gender diverse young people.

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Meet the Minister

Meet the Minister for Higher Education and Skills; the Teaching Profession, Peter Hall

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.

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YDAS hosts inaugural National Youth Disability Conference

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!

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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).

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Y Discover Parks Youth Grants - Recipients Announced

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.

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