Youth Council

Youth Council is an opportunity for young people from across Geelong to be elected by their peers to represent the views of young people, have a say in the decisions that affect their lives, develop new skills and learn about civic and democratic processes.

Youth Council Advisory Committee

The introduction of a Youth Council was one of the recommendations of the Citizens’ Jury in January 2017 and was endorsed by the state government.

Youth Council:

  • is made up of 12 young people aged between 12 and 17 years old, with three representatives from each of the four council wards
  • provides opportunities for young people to participate and learn about civic and democratic processes and provides a mechanism for Council to seek and receive advice and input from young people about youth specific issues
  • members serve a term of 12 months and commence with a series of induction sessions in January. From February onwards, Youth Council members meet once a month in the City Chamber to hear presentations, give their input and advice to guests and discuss topics important to young people. Youth Council also participate in the Councillor Connect Mentoring Program, provide quarterly reports to Council and deliver a speech summarising the report and their advice at Council meetings.

Role of Youth Council

As a Youth Council, each member will:

  • provide an opportunity for the voice of Geelong’s youth to be considered in the decision-making of the Council
  • provide advice to the Council on specific issues
  • attend and participate in monthly Youth Council meetings with the support of our Youth Development team
  • attend Councillor Connect Mentor Program sessions with councillors and the Youth Development team and
  • attend and be part of local community events.

Nominating for 2023 Youth Council

Nominations are open from 3 October to 6 November 2022 for the 2023 Youth Council Program.

Youth Council nominations will only be accepted from the young person themselves. Nominations made on their behalf will not be accepted.


Eligibility criteria

To be eligible, you must meet the following criteria:

  1. live in the Greater Geelong City Council local government area
  2. aged between 12 and 17 years at the time of nomination
  3. be able to attend 80 percent of monthly meetings
  4. be able to participate in the Youth Council induction in mid-late January 2023
  5. submit your own nomination and
  6. submit parent or guardian consent to participate at the time of nominating.

Instructions

  1. Read through the eligibility criteria - as a Youth Council member you will be representing one of the Greater Geelong City Council electoral wards.
  2. Check your address in the map to see if you live in one of the four Council electoral wards and are eligible to nominate.
  3. Sit down with your parent or guardian to submit your nomination before the due date.
  4. Wait to hear from us in December 2022.

Voting process

All nominations will be assessed by the Youth Development Unit and then members of Youth Advisory Groups across the Local Government Area.

Voting will be ward-based. A Youth Advisory Group member can only vote for nominees for the ward that a Youth Advisory Group member resides in. One vote per member of the Youth Advisory Groups.

 All nominee information will be deidentified and only their responses provided to the two questions answered through the application process will be included on the ballot paper. Therefore votes will be based on whether the nominee represents the wider views of young people in their chosen ward. 

The City will circulate voting ballots to registered members of the Youth Advisory Groups.

Votes must be received by 5:00pm on the last day of voting nominated by the City.

Voting will be counted by Council staff and successful nominees will be contacted in December 2022.


Junior Mayor and Junior Deputy Mayor

Once elected, the 2023 Youth Council members can nominate themselves to become the Junior Mayor or Deputy Junior Mayor, by presenting a short speech at their induction.

With the support of the Youth Development team, the role of the Junior Mayor is to:

  • chair the monthly Youth Council meetings
  • act as the spokesperson for the Youth Council, speaking at media opportunities and community events
  • prepare Youth Council’s four reports to Council across the year and present the reports in the Council Chambers during Council meetings, on behalf of Youth Council.

The Deputy Junior Mayor supports the Junior Mayor in these tasks and may also take on  some of these responsibilities at busy times throughout the year.

Strengths like organisation, confidence in communicating and always looking to develop leadership skills are all important for the role. All 2023 Youth Council members will be encouraged to apply, and the group will vote on their 2023 leaders at next year’s induction. 


Need to know more...

For more information or support please contact our Youth Civic Participation Officer by email at [email protected] or by phone on 0428 001 615 or DM us on Instagram.


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Page last updated: Wednesday, 23 March 2022

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