What we did

A note on what we did

We developed this strategy during the coronavirus pandemic, which has been particularly hard on young people. With the support of the Youth Affairs Council Victoria, Centre for Multicultural Youth, Koorie Youth Council, Youth Disability Advocacy Service and Minus18 we reached out to hear from young people across the state. But we certainly missed some voices. Some young people were not in the headspace to engage in this consultation. We will keep speaking with Victorian young people as we implement this strategy.

How young people shaped this strategy

Thousands of young people and community members shared their experiences and ideas with us. These diverse voices and experiences have fed into this strategy. We held an extensive public consultation process where we tested ideas and solutions, and we also asked questions through an online discussion paper.

  • More than 1,100 young people and community members completed an online survey, sharing what matters to them most and their solutions.
  • In partnership with the youth sector, we held almost 30 online forums to gain insight into young people’s and community members’ visions for the future and solutions to current issues.
  • We received almost 120 written submissions from young people, organisations and businesses covering priorities, recommendations, best practice, research and experiences.

We held place-based online forums across the state. We also held consultations with specific groups of young people. These included Aboriginal young people, disabled young people, international students, LGBTIQ+ young people, women and girls, Pasifika young people, refugee and migrant young people, and young people in youth justice centres.

We posted creative online activations through TikTok–a first for the Victorian Government. We asked young people to describe their heroes, giving insights into their vision for the future. We heard about young people’s lives though more than 100 personal stories.

We held a series of ministerial roundtables with young people with lived experience and sector leaders to deep dive into sensitive issues that warranted greater exploration. These included housing and homelessness, transport and family violence.