Rescheduled until 13 December

Please note: Due to major flooding across Northern Victoria, we have postponed this event until 13 December. We hope you, your friends and families are safe and well, and we look forward to celebrating with you soon.

What to expect

Join us at our Rural Youth Awards Ceremony to come celebrate the incredible work of young people and the youth sector and the important work we play in rural and regional communities at the stunning Bendigo Bank Theatre from 4-6pm on Tuesday 13 December.

Youth workers are also invited to register for Youth Participation 101 training earlier in the day from 11 AM - 3 PM, also at the Bendigo Bank Theatre.

2022 RYA ceremony banner web

Catering and drinks will be provided, as well as live entertainment.

The ceremony will feature all of the finalists and announce the award winners across these categories:

  • Young person leading change in rural or regional Victoria
  • Youth Worker making a difference in rural or regional Victoria
  • Outstanding youth projects or programs in rural or regional Victoria
  • Outstanding youth participation in education, training or employment
  • Outstanding youth participation in health, well-being or mental health

There will be an additional Young People’s Choice Award voted on by YACVic's young members.

Winners will receive a $1000 donation or gift.

Who should attend

This event is open to young people, the youth sector and anyone connected to rural and regional young people.


This event is free but registrations are essential. 

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Commitment to Child Safety

YACVic is a child safe organisation. By attending these events, you agree to join us in our commitment to child safety.

Accessibility & Inclusion

At YACVic, we take access and inclusion seriously. If you have a specific access request, would like further information or want to provide any suggestions, we would love to hear from you. 

You can email or call us with your access and/or support requirements for this event using the contact information below.

Our work takes place through the lands of the Aboriginal nations within Victoria and we pay our respects to their Elders past and present. We acknowledge that Sovereignty was never ceded. Always was, always will be, Aboriginal land. 


If you're still unsure about a question, you can contact one of our friendly YACVic Rural staff members via their details below.

Derm Ryan, YACVic Rural Manager (he/him)
0408 674 738 or email

Karen Walsh, Rural Development Coordinator – Great South Coast (she/her)
0472 514 870 or email

Rhiannon Jennings, Rural Development Coordinator – Southern Mallee (she/her)
0474 506 000 or email

Carla Hall, Rural Youth Projects Coordinator (she/her),
0455 621 849 or email