Applications open for 2021 Vic Youth Parliament program

By Our Reporter
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Young Victorian leaders are encouraged to have their voices heard, share ideas and raise awareness on the issues most important to them.

Minister for Youth Ros Spence today (Jan 29) announced that applications are now open for the 2021 YMCA Victoria Youth Parliament program.

Now in its 35th year, the Andrews Labor Government is investing $160,000 to help make this year’s Youth Parliament accessible to young people of all abilities, and to support the continuation of YMCA’s Youth Press Gallery, an official press release said.

Youth Parliament is a forum for young people aged 16-25 to gain hands-on experience in the parliamentary process.

Each year, participants draft, debate and vote on bills in a three-day intensive sitting held in the chambers of the Victorian Parliament. Bills that pass Youth Parliament are presented to government for consideration.

Youth Parliament has helped shape more than 30 Victorian laws, including the mandatory wearing of bike helmets and banning the sale of soft drinks in government schools.

The Youth Press Gallery is an opportunity for young people with an interest in a career in journalism to meet professional state and national political reporters and participate in a real press gallery.

The Gallery is responsible for developing and publishing content for mainstream media outlets including SBS and ABC, managing event social media, and shooting and editing footage of debates.

Before Youth Parliament sits in September, participants will attend a training camp in August to develop their teamwork, public speaking and leaderships skills.

Applications for the 2021 YMCA Victoria Youth Parliament program are open and will close Friday 19 March. For more information or to apply, visit

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