Less than 1 in 10 young people are engaged in policy and decision making across all levels of government. Young people were feeling largely disengaged from the parliamentary process and didn’t have a voice through the Parliament of Victoria about the issues that mattered to them most.
In partnership with Parliament of Victoria, we employed a young person from each of the 8 legislative regions across Victoria, to identify the biggest challenges their communities were facing and their ideas for solutions.
We hired and trained 8 young people, representing the different legislative regions and coached them in co-design methodology so they could collect insights from their communities through workshops, interviews, surveys and other innovative methods. The Associates then presented their findings at a Parliamentary presentation, chaired by Speaker of the Legislative Assembly Colin Brooks and attended by MPs Fiona Patten and Tien Kieu (Chair and Deputy Chair of the Legislative Council Legal and Social Issues Committee) and Sam Hibbins (Public Accounts and Estimates Committee member).
Through the six-month consultation process with other youth in metropolitan and regional area, our associates identified mental health, transport, cost of living, safety and social profiling as some of the key issues in their communities. A draft report was presented at a roundtable, where the MPs and YLab team discussed how the information in the report can be used for future actions. The suggestions raised will be incorporated into a final report to be completed soon.