Youth Affairs Council Victoria (YACVic) alongside with the Department of Education and Training (DET) are hosting FREE workshops to support young people in the Ovens-Murray and Gippsland area and involve them in bushfire recovery efforts.

We are inviting young people who were affected by the 2019-20 Eastern Victoria bushfires to take part in these workshops so that they can develop their leadership, advocacy, and decision-making skills to help empower young people's engagement throughout Victoria's recovery period.

Get involved to find out how your voice can be heard.  Connect with other young people and learn about their experiences. You will learn about:

  • Participating in your local community recovery
  • Making decisions
  • Getting support for your ideas
  • Working with different groups and organisations
  • Gaining support from various people for your ideas

Click here if you would like to register your interest in taking part in the Advocacy and Leadership Training. 

Is this for me? 

You can apply if you are: 

A young person living (or with family) in Ovens-Murray or Gippsland.

Interested in working with your local community on bushfire recovery.

Available to take part in a 3-hour workshop on one of these dates. 

  • Thursday 15th October 9:30am – 12:30pm
  • Tuesday 20th October 9:30am – 12:30pm 
  • Thursday 22nd October 9:30am – 12:30pm 

What will it involve? 

The Advocacy workshop will be an interactive training opportunity that will allow you to explore the different elements within advocacy and leadership.  

Topics which will be covered during the workshop will include:  

  • Decision-making 

  • Stakeholder Engagement 

  • Public Advocacy  

Why should I join? 

The workshop is free! It's during school hours and you will be supported by your school to take part.  

The free advocacy training will provide you with the opportunity to learn more about advocacy skills within your everyday life as well as during crisis situations.  

By joining the program, you will also be able to network with other students around Victoria who will be at the forefront of Victoria’s bushfire recovery. You will also gain the confidence to work with decision makers on all levels and develop further methods of engagement with young people in your community.  

The Department of Education and Training is committed to ensuring that the Victorian bushfire recovery is community led and that students’ voices are heard.  

Apply now

If you are interested in taking part in the Advocacy workshops, register your interest here.

Application support  

If you’re not sure if this role is for you or you would rather speak to a YACVic staff member and have them fill out the form, or if you need any help completing the form, please contact Sam Champion at or on 0438 072 200.   

If you would rather apply via video or audio recording please respond to the application questions and send the file/link to Sam at with the name of the role in the subject.