Youth partnership for Victorian Parliament
Making parliament more accessible to young Victorians is the aim of a new project that kicks off next week.
A series of workshops will be held in locations across the state to find out how Victorians of the ‘Millennial generation’ want to engage with their parliament and contribute to decision making on issues that affect them.
The ‘Democracy for Millennials’ projectis being delivered by the Victorian Parliament in partnership with the Foundation for Young Australians’ YLab consultancy.
“We’re looking to harness the enthusiasm and energy of young Victorians in ways that will enhance our democratic process,” said President of the Legislative Council, Bruce Atkinson and Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, Telmo Languiller in a joint statement.
“We want to find out how we can foster a vibrant youth culture that makes parliament accessible and allows young people to put forward their ideas and concerns for consideration,” the Presiding Officers said.
“We are excited about the opportunity to partner with the Foundation for Young Australians as this will let young people lead our consultation process.”
Jan Owen AM, CEO at the Foundation for Young Australians said it was an important opportunity to rethink the way the Victorian Parliament engages with young people.
Young people are our greatest asset in navigating challenges of the future, not because they are the future, but because we need their new and unfettered thinking to break out of our old mindsets," Ms Owen said.
"We are delighted to be working with the Victorian Parliament as they collaborate with young people to harness their enthusiasm, energy and unique perspectives."
Workshops will be held in Frankston, Melbourne, Wodonga, Swan Hill and Bairnsdale between 20 April and 12 May, with five young Victorians selected to lead the discussions.
For more information about the Foundation for Young Australians visit www.fya.org.au.
If you’re 18-30 and want to share your ideas on making parliament more accessible for young Victorians, follow the links below to find out about workshops in your area.
- Published: Friday, 15 April 2016 09:17