Victorian youth advocacy organisations welcome the focus on young people in tonight’s ABC Q&A television program. High school students from across Victoria will participate on the panel and comprise the audience, discussing a range of social and policy issues live with Josh Frydenberg, Liberal Federal Member for Kooyong and Minister for the Environment and Energy, and Catherine King, Shadow Minister for Health and Federal Member for Ballarat. 

The Youth Affairs Council of Victoria (YACVic) and its core and partner agencies – YACVic Rural, the Youth Disability Advocacy Service (YDAS), the Koorie Youth Council (KYC) and The Victorian Student Representative Council (VicSRC) – commend the ABC for shining the light on young people and issues affecting them. 

“We know young people are passionate about having a say and making a difference for their communities”, said YACVic Acting CEO, Leo Fieldgrass. “We’re pleased that Q&A is giving young Victorians a chance to take part in the public debate about important social issues. We hope this encourages other broadcasters and politicians to engage more meaningfully with young people, Australians who are too often left out of the conversation”. 

Key issues the advocacy organisations hope young people will discuss include:  

  • Changing the public narrative about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people
  • Greater representation and voice for young people living in regional and rural Australia
  • More inclusive education and extra-curricular activities for young people with disabilities
  • Increased student voice in school decision making

Q&A airs on ABC tonight at 9:35pm AEST and is streamed live on ABC iview. YACVic encourages its members, young people and the youth sector to join the social media conversation via Twitter, using @QandA and the hashtag #qanda.

Further comment: Leo Fieldgrass – Acting CEO Youth Affairs Council Victoria (YACVic): 0450427584

The Youth Affairs Council Victoria (YACVic) is the peak body and leading policy advocate for young people and the sector that supports them in Victoria.

YACVic Rural is a core YACVic agency increasing YACVic’s presence across the Great South Coast and Southern Mallee regions. It expands our state-wide advocacy and support for young people in rural communities and the rural youth sector.

Youth Disability Advocacy Service (YDAS) is a core YACVic agency and state wide advocacy service for young people with disabilities in Victoria. We are the only advocacy service in Australia which exists specifically to work directly with young people with disabilities to achieve their human rights.

The Koorie Youth Council (KYC), formerly known as The Victorian Indigenous Youth Advisory Council (VIYAC) is a state-wide network of volunteer Indigenous young people between 12 and 25 years providing a voice to government and community on issues of importance to them. KYC is a partner agency of YACVic.

The Victorian Student Representative Council (VicSRC) is the peak body representing school aged students in Victoria and exist to empower all student voices to be valued in every aspect of education. VicSRC is a partner agency of YACVic.