Youth Council

Youth Council is an opportunity for young people from across the Greater Geelong region 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.

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.

The 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 multiple mechanisms 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,
  • meet once a month from February onwards in the City Hall Chamber to hear presentations, give their input and advice to guests and discuss topics important to young people, and
  • 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 the Greater Geelong region’s youth to be considered in the decision-making of the Council, and
    • advice to the Council on specific issues.
  • Attend:
    • and participate in monthly Youth Council meetings with the support of our Youth Development team,
    • Councillor Connect Mentor Program sessions with councillors and the Youth Development team, and
    • training sessions, workshops, forums, and relevant local events and opportunities to have a say on matters of importance to young people.

2024 Youth Council 

The 2024 Youth Council members were announced in late January after participants were involved in the Youth Council induction and all candidates confirmed their involvement.

Each member was elected by the young people in their ward through de-identified ward based elections facilitated by staff in November 2023.

Need to know more...

For more information or support please contact our Youth Civic Participation Officer by:

Page last updated: Wednesday, 21 February 2024