The Youth Affairs Council Victoria (YACVic) welcomes the release of the Victorian Government’s new youth policy, which includes a clear articulation of how the government will engage with young people across its portfolios into the future.
“We have great confidence in the proposed initiatives of the new youth policy and the way the policy was developed,” said YACVic CEO Georgie Ferrari.
“We commend Minister Mikakos on her thorough and diverse consultation of over 2,000 young people as well as the many youth organisations, parents, carers and sector professionals who were also involved.”
The youth policy provides exciting new opportunities for young Victorians, including the development of a Youth Engagement Charter, and the introduction of an annual youth summit, Victorian youth congress, and youth survey, among other things. Each of these initiatives will allow young people to work directly with government on ideas and innovations and to focus on issues that matter most to them as young people.
The most common issues identified in the consultation process were education, employment and mental health and over 90 per cent of young participants indicated that they would like to work with government to address these issues.
YACVic also welcomes the government’s announcement of $4 million in funding (over three years) for a new program that provides tailored support for vulnerable young people in Victoria. The program will engage youth workers to work with disadvantaged young people to support them in areas of health and wellbeing, education and training, and employment.
“This is the first new investment in generalist youth services in Victoria for many years and it’s great that disadvantaged young people reap the benefits of it,” said Ms Ferrari.
“We look forward to working with the Andrews Government to assist in the implementation of the youth policy and its related programs, so that young people continue to have a voice and play an active role in policy development in Victoria,” said Ms Ferrari.