The Victorian Government is reviewing the Local Government Act 1989 (their discussion paper is available here). YACVic welcomed the opportunity to reiterate the central role that local government plays in the youth sector, and the importance of adequately recognising and resourcing local government youth services.

We also took the opportunity to comment on the relevance of the local government franchise to young people and how young people’s civic engagement could be strengthened at an LGA level. Finally, we offered recommendations on how a stronger community engagement approach in local government should include specific commitments to youth engagement.