Youth Affairs Council (YACVic) is proud to auspice the Victorian Student Representative Council (VicSRC), and is excited to support VicSRC’s latest adventure – a move to the new co-working space at Our Community House, 552 Victoria St North Melbourne.

“I’m delighted to see our partner VicSRC expand into new premises, which will help increase its capacity to empower school-aged young people in the state, and allow it to connect with more education sector partners,” says Katherine Ellis, Chief Executive Officer of YACVic.

“We will, of course, continue to collaborate closely with VicSRC on advocating for the perspectives of young people in Victoria to be respected and included in education policy making and governance.”

VicSRC Team July 2019

The YACVic/VicSRC partnership began in 2003, when YACVic offered meeting space and support for VicSRC.

Back then, VicSRC operated with only a small but dedicated volunteer staff team, a handful of student members in the Executive Committee, and an unshakeable drive to create an organisation that empowered all student voices to be valued in every aspect of education and to advocate for a student-focused education system.

In 2019, with nearly two decades of support from YACVic, the VicSRC now employs ten staff, and has 15 student Executive Committee members, 30 non-student volunteers and over 50 student Ambassadors.

Over the years, YACVic and VicSRC have made numerous joint policy submissions, worked together on campaigns, and given young people opportunities to be acknowledged as experts in their own lives.

“It’s been an incredible journey so far, and both organisations look forward to continuing the strong partnership to ensure young people in Victoria are empowered to be active and valued citizens in all aspects of life,” says Nina Laitala, Executive Officer of VicSRC.