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Introduction to YACVic
YACVic is the leading advocate for young people aged 12–25 in Victoria. As a peak body, we work closely with young Victorians and the sector that supports them to deliver effective advocacy, events, training, resources and support – so that young people can live their best lives. We’re driven by our valuable members and their vision for a positive future for young Victorians.
YACVic is an independent, not-for-profit organisation with core funding from the Victorian Government’s Office for Youth. We pursue social justice by maintaining a focus on those young people in our community who face disadvantage or marginalisation.
We provide additional targeted advocacy and services through our core agencies, YACVic Rural and the Youth Disability Advocacy Service, and auspice and support our partner agencies, the Koorie Youth Council and the Victorian Student Representative Council.
Young people and youth professionals in rural and regional Victoria often have unique insights and face different challenges to those in metropolitan Melbourne. In response, YACVic Rural expands our state-wide advocacy for young people in regional communities and the rural youth sector. We focus our presence across the Great South Coast and Southern Mallee regions.
We hope to continue expanding our state-wide services to get the best outcomes for young people throughout rural and regional Victoria.
Youth Disability Advocacy Service (YDAS)
YDAS is Victoria’s only advocacy service that works directly with young people with disability to achieve their human rights. Young people aged 12–25 with disability can access our free individual advocacy service if they need advice or help.
YDAS also does ongoing systemic advocacy work to improve policy around issues that are important to young people with disability.
Our vision and mission
Our vision is that young Victorians have their rights upheld and are valued as active participants in their communities.
As Victoria’s youth peak body, we work across the state in the best interests of young people and the youth sector to:
- lead policy responses to issues affecting young people
- represent the youth sector to government
- resource high quality youth work practice
- research and advocate on youth issues.
We value our members and prioritise their needs.
YACVic’s work is guided by our strategic plan, our constitution and the Code of Ethical Practice for the Victorian Youth Sector. This means that the recognition of young people's human rights underpin everything we do. We promote active participation of young people in all aspects of decision making and community life, as well as directly within our organisation through our youth participation model.
YACVic pursues social justice by maintaining a focus on those in the community who face disadvantage or marginalisation. We seek to collaborate with young people, the youth sector, our members and our partner agencies to get the best results for young people.
YACVic works in close partnership with the Koorie Youth Council (KYC) and the Victorian Student Representative Council (VicSRC) to help each other to be effective in our work as youth sector peak bodies.
The Koorie Youth Council (KYC) is the representative body for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people in Victoria. Led by an Executive of 15 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people and our state-wide members, KYC values the diversity and strength of young people as decision-makers. KYC advocates to government and community to advance the rights and representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people. By hosting events like the annual Koorie Youth Summit, KYC brings Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people together to amplify their voices for social change.
Victorian Student Representative Council (VicSRC)
VicSRC is the peak body representing school-aged students in Victoria. It exists to empower all student voices to be valued in every aspect of education, and fosters this through initiatives such as the student-led professional learning program Teach the Teacher, Student Voice Workshops, Congress and the VicSRC Recognition Awards. The VicSRC vision is a world where all learners have access to education that is student-led, student-driven and student-focused.
Marram Nganyin is an Aboriginal youth mentoring program developed by YACVic in partnership with KYC. Funded by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), the program is designed to support local Aboriginal services across Victoria in the delivery of mentoring opportunities for Aboriginal young people aged 12-25.
The Youth Referral and Independent Person Program (YRIPP) trains and supports people working as Independent Persons across Victoria.
YRIPP provides up to date training, a state wide IP roster, resources for police and parents and access to a 24–hour legal advice line for young people in custody.
YRIPP is a unique partnership between community agencies and the Victoria Police. It is funded by the State Government and is a partnership of the Centre for Multicultural Youth (CMY), the Youth Affairs Council Victoria, Uniting Care and other agencies.
Get in touch if you'd like to find out more about our annual reports or be sent one from previous years.
If you'd like to find out more about our advocacy, or if you're looking for a specific piece of policy or advocacy and are having trouble finding it, please get in touch with our policy manager.
You can sign up to Announce, our fortnightly newsletter read by 2,500 recipients and packed with the latest youth sector news.
If you’d like to contribute something of relevance to Announce, please email email@example.com a text-only document of less than 80 words, with links or contact details for further information, and 'Announce' in the subject line.
You can also sign up to Signposts, YACVic Rural’s newsletter. It’s a great way to get updates on what’s going on in rural and regional locations around Victoria, as well as our rural hubs in Warrnambool and Swan Hill.
If you have a great project or event you’re working on in a rural community and would like to see it promoted in Signposts, please email firstname.lastname@example.org a text-only document of less than 80 words, with links or contact details for further information, and ‘Signposts’ in the subject line.
Our commitment to accessibility
Our website complies with the latest Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0, and has undergone user-testing in collaboration with our development partners and the Youth Disability Advocacy Service (YDAS) to ensure it is fully accessible for people living with disability. Please get in touch if you feel you could help us strengthen this ongoing commitment to web accessibility.
Our statement of consent
All young people featured in photographs on our website have worked closely with YACVic in the past. In accordance with our Code of Ethical Practice and Child Safe Standards, we have full consent from young people and their guardians (where necessary) to use the imagery for these special purposes. We thank them for their valuable contribution to our communications.
We acknowledge the support of the Victorian Government.