The Victorian government is looking for young people from across the state to take part in a ministerial advisory group next year.
Victorians aged from 12 to 25 have been encouraged to apply for the 2022 Victorian Youth Congress, which is run by the state’s Office for Youth.
The group will be involved in the implementation of the state’s new youth strategy, which is expected to be released later this year.
Youth minister Ros Spence said the 2022 congress would be a ‘life-changing experience’ for young people, giving them the chance to share their perspectives on the issues that matter to them.
“With young people around the world facing the unprecedented challenges of the pandemic, there has never been a more important time for government to listen to young people’s voices,” Spence said on Monday.
“This is a great opportunity for young Victorians to build their leadership skills and gain an understanding of how government works.”
Applications for the 2022 congress close on September 13. Spence said the successful applicants would gain valuable insight into the workings of government, policy development, and ways they can influence the process, as well as support to develop leadership.
The Victorian government is currently developing its state-wide youth strategy, following consultation with young people, the current Victorian Youth Congress, and the youth sector. The strategy will aim to create a Victoria where every young person has equitable access to opportunities, as well as support to participate fully in social, economic and civic life.