YACVic welcomed the opportunity to contribute to the 2016 parliamentary inquiry into rate-capping policy. Local government is the backbone of generalist youth service delivery in Victoria, and needs greater resourcing to support young people and stronger mechanisms to communicate with the Victorian Government.

YACVic’s submission also calls for further steps to strengthen the formal recognition of youth service delivery as a core responsibility of local government, and for ongoing research into local government youth service delivery, in line with the work done by the Department of Education and Training and Municipal Association of Victoria in 2011.