The Koorie Youth Council (KYC) welcomes the Victorian Government’s commitment to a new, whole-of-government youth policy. It is important that Koorie young people, as a group, are visible and actively involved in policy development and program design across government. A new youth policy will be a positive step and the KYC especially welcomes the discussion paper’s emphasis on overcoming disadvantage.

In our response, the KYC makes several recommendations around the ways in which Koorie young people can best be represented and supported by the new Victorian Government youth policy. These recommendations stem from direct consultation with young people and Aboriginal organisations that engage with young people, as well as via surveys targeting both young people and Aboriginal services.