The Victorian Government is developing a new state-wide youth strategy to make our state the best place to be for young people.

We are committed to creating a Victoria where all young people are healthy and safe, and empowered to contribute to the issues that affect them. We want every single young person to have equitable access to opportunities and support to participate fully in the social, economic and civic life of our state.

A new youth strategy for Victoria will give young people, organisations and the broader community opportunities to direct Government’s work in the youth space now and into the future.

We want to engage with young people and communities right across Victoria to build a strategy that will create real, meaningful change.

Think broadly about what matters most to you and to all young Victorians. Your feedback will play an important and influential role in the development of the strategy.

Public consultation closed on 21 December 2020

Throughout our state-wide consultation we heard from over 1,800 Victorians and organisations though online forums, written submissions, an online survey and social media activities.

If you have any questions about Victoria's new youth strategy please contact youth@dpc.vic.gov.au

Read the discussion paper

Written submissions have closed

Translated Documents

Please access translated versions of the summary of the discussion paper in Arabic, Dari, Farsi, Hakha Chin and Karen here.
Read the summary of the discussion paper in Arabic
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Share your ideas

If you were Premier for a day, what would you do?

19 December, 2020

Aabis says:

“I would connect with the youth and see if they are troubled in any way and how I can support them”

17 December, 2020

Super smart says:

“To make sure a certain age of students (like 10-16) take a mental health test or do a talking session to see where their mental health is at”

17 December, 2020

Concerned says:

“Better minimum wage and work protections. Streamline Centrelink and more Centrelink payments so people are not in poverty”

17 December, 2020

Samara kellie says:

“To create more safe independent living for young people”

17 December, 2020

Little Jase says:

“Give opportunities to homeless people to get them back on their feet and free rehabilitation for people struggling with drug/alcohol”

17 December, 2020

Gottem says:

“Add water distilleries &electrolysis machines to petrol stops. Use all rejected foods from Australia & put them in the 'Reject shop' stores”

17 December, 2020

Gottem says:

“install as many renewable resources as possible. Hydrogen generators and engines for trains, taxis and trucks. ”

17 December, 2020

Django says:

“make supermarkets sell bulk food items like in organic shops to save on plastic ( All schools teach sign language”

14 December, 2020

Ada S says:

“IMPROVE THE MENTAL HEALTH SYSTEM!!! One of my closest friends is suicidal. She has told me the the support she has received has done nothing”

14 December, 2020

IP says:

“Establish a youth mental health funding program and conduct a roll- out of mental health community hubs within Victoria to support wellbeing”

12 December, 2020

Deborah_Gray says:

“I would train all school employees with school inclusive educ. skills & resources to employ staff for a learning & Mental health hub.”

11 December, 2020

Gabriel M Waldron says:

“Re-Issue the $200 Regional Travel Grant, or just issue it to everyone?? want to see extended family members via public transport... in 2021”

Privacy collection notice

The Department of Premier and Cabinet is committed to protecting personal information provided by you in accordance with the principles of the Victorian privacy laws. The information you provide will be used to develop a whole of Victorian Government youth strategy.

More information about the Victorian Government’s privacy policy is available via: https://www.vic.gov.au/privacy-vic.gov.au.

The information you provide will only be made available to staff in the Department of Premier and Cabinet’s Equality and Youth Branch and may be used in working discussions with the Victorian Youth Congress, and other Victorian Government department’s working on the development of the youth strategy. The information provided in the submission of your survey will be collected for the purpose of:

  • Informing the development of the Victorian youth strategy.
  • Informing the public consultations of the Victorian youth strategy.
  • Informing the overall consultation findings to the Minister for Youth for the purposes of developing the youth strategy.

By submitting this survey, you consent to the Department of Premier and Cabinet collecting any personal and sensitive information which you provide in your responses. The Department of Premier and Cabinet will also remove personal information where it is no longer required except where archiving is required and in compliance with the Public Records Act 1973 (Vic).

The Department of Premier and Cabinet may do the following with your submission, after de-identifying your survey responses and submissions to the extent that this is practically possible:

  • Publish and or quote directly from your survey responses and submissions in the strategy or its appendices, which will be publicly available documents.
  • Make your responses available to other Victorian Government agencies.

If your submission includes any information about racial or ethical membership, political association, philosophical beliefs and/or trade union or professional association, it is understood that you consent for us to collect this data.

Identifying information includes names, address, business details, geographical location information, phone numbers or email addresses.

You are entitled to access and correct your personal information. If you would like to access or correct the information you have provided to the department, please contact us by email at youth@dpc.vic.gov.au. In some cases, requests for personal information may be handled in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Vic).