Youth Council Program Outline

The Latrobe City Youth Council established in 1996, offers the youth of Latrobe City an opportunity to get involved in meaningful engagement with Local Government having input into the future planning and policies that impact on current and future generations. It also serves as a means of further developing the leadership skills and capacity of young people, building their connections with the community and one another.

This year will see the appointment of the 21st Latrobe City Youth Council, making it one of the longest running Youth Councils in Australia.

Latrobe City Youth Council aims

  • Increase civic participation by our youth community.
  • Develop young people’s knowledge of the issues that affect them at a Federal, State, and Regional and Local Government level.
  • Provide a voice for young people in relation to Council issues, strategies and plans.
  • Establish strong connections with the Latrobe City Council and Councillors.
  • Build community links with local leaders and services and broaden their networks.
  • Extend the leadership potential of young people in the Latrobe through hands on learning.
  • Increase member’s awareness and knowledge of the role of Local Government.
  • Give members an increased understanding of community issues, planning, policy and decision making processes.
  • Increase the capacity of Youth Councillors as peer leaders.
  • Provide an opportunity to work collaboratively in a team with other young people to affect real change.
  • Members will develop project management capabilities and experiences.

Latrobe City Youth Council objectives

  • Report to the Council and provide appropriate advice, information and feedback on matters relevant to young people.
  • Provide a forum for young people to meet regularly and express their views on issues affecting them and their peers.
  • Provide an avenue for young people to bring forward issues that directly affect them, and inform Council representatives of these issues.
  • Develop strategies that improve opportunities for young people and others in the community.
  • Provide opportunities for young people to contribute to civic life.
  • Develop long-term relationships with other young leaders.

What is involved

  • The Youth Council will meet up to 20 times throughout the duration of the year, two meetings per month.
  • Participation in civic ceremonies including Australian Day, ANZAC Day, Remembrance Day and potentially others. 
    E.g. assisting with the presentation of awarding the Australia Day Young Citizen of the Year award and laying a wreath as part of the ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day Services.
  • Meeting with elected Latrobe City Councillors.
  • Meeting with Local Members of Parliament.
  • Meeting with Members of Parliament at Parliament House.
  • Participation in a state wide Youth Conference.
  • Program participation celebration.
  • Connect with other young leaders across Gippsland.

All members are appointed to the Youth Council for a 24 month period from the time they are appointed, with the option of continuing for an additional year.

Who can be a Youth Councillor

The Latrobe City Youth Council aims to include young people who are:

  • Aged from14 to 22 years
  • Lives in or attends an education facility within Latrobe City, including public/private secondary schools, TAFE or University
  • Actively involved in school leadership or peer support groups
  • Residents of both large and small towns/districts within Latrobe City
  • Members of local sporting clubs and/or community groups
  • Employees working in the local area
  • From a culturally diverse backgrounds
  • Young parents
  • LGBTIQ community
  • Eager to make a difference in their local community.

Meetings

Youth Council Meetings will be held twice per month at the Latrobe City Headquarters, 141 Commercial Road, Morwell on a Tuesday night. Meetings usually run for two hours from 5pm to 7pm, with a light meal provided.
Each month there will be:

  • One formal meeting with Latrobe City Councillors, Latrobe City Leadership team members and other local leaders
  • One Project and Skill Development meeting

Attendance requirements

Youth Councillors are required to:

  • Attend Youth Council meetings twice per month from 5pm to 7pm (schedule to be confirmed).
  • Have an 80% attendance rate - Youth Councillors can miss up to five meetings.
  • Attend extra civic ceremonies/meetings/events/functions (on occasion).
  • Attend meetings when required to represent the Youth Council.
  • Attend and observe a Latrobe City Council meeting.
  • Attend and participate in Latrobe City Council events/functions as required.
  • Communicate with Latrobe City Councillors.
  • Regularly liaise with the Community Development Officer –Youth and other Latrobe City staff.
  • Participate in Reference Groups & Advisory Committees: representatives will play an active role in youth focused reference groups and/or advisory committees, when requested by Latrobe City staff.
  • Deliver a Youth Council project (to be determined by the Youth Councillors) during the term of appointment. Youth Council projects 2018, may include:
    • National Youth Week Activity
    • Gippsland Youth Council Summit.

Payment

Membership of the Latrobe City Youth Council is a voluntary position and offers no remuneration.

Leadership positions

Latrobe City provide resources, assistance, guidance and support to all members and position holders of the following roles:

Youth Mayor

  • Welcome all members and guests
  • Chair meetings
  • Keep meetings on track
  • Ensure agenda items have been addressed
  • Ensure everyone’s voice is heard
  • Encourage full participation of all representatives
  • Allocate tasks evenly amongst the group
  • Clarify points that have been made and summarising discussions and agreed actions
  • Support the Youth Council Secretary in making sure all minute information is accurate
  • Represent Youth Council at special community meetings, events and functions as requested by Latrobe City staff or Council
  • Be impartial and unbiased when making decisions
  • Attend Latrobe City Council Meeting which is held on a Monday Night on four occasions throughout the year to present the Youth Council Quarterly Report, outlining recent activities and outcomes. This report will be produced by a Council Officer with consultation from the Youth Council.

Youth Deputy Mayor

  • Support the Youth Mayor as required
  • Assume all Youth Mayor responsibilities in their absence
  • Represent the Youth Council at special community meetings/events functions

Youth Council Secretary

  • Take all meeting minutes as required, reporting resolutions. (See Appendix 2).
  • Draft correspondence including letters.
  • Represent the Youth Council at special community meetings, events and functions.

Youth Council Leadership Elections

The Youth Council election will occur as part of the first formal meeting on Tuesday 28 March 2018.

  • Elected positions will include Youth Mayor and Deputy Youth Mayor.
  • Elections will be carried out through an anonymous ballot.
  • Youth Council Secretary appointment conditions (elected or rotated) are to be determined at the first meeting.

Expressions of interest

We're seeking Expressions of Interest from young people to fill up to 20 Latrobe City Youth Council Positions.

Expressions of Interest to join the Youth Council may be submitted at any time.

Latrobe City is seeking applicants who are able to demonstrate the following:

  • Ability to demonstrate leadership qualities and be willing to take on a leadership role in their community.
  • Willingness to undergo training and development to improve and build individual leadership skills.
  • Preparedness to consult with other young people in schools and the wider community.
  • Interest in issues that affect young people and are able to consider issues in a wider community context.
  • A desire to develop an understanding of local government and to build local networks.
  • The capacities to value add to the Latrobe City Youth Council working to improve the experiences for young individuals who reside and visit the Latrobe City.
  • Willing to be involved in community projects, activities and civic events.

Application process

  1. When Latrobe City receives a completed Expression of Interest form including person reference the applicant will be notified that their application has been received.
  2. All submissions will be reviewed and shortlisted.
  3. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an interview
  4. Individuals will be selected based on the Expression of Interest, Personal Endorsement and the Interview Responses.
  5. The successful applicants will receive a letter of offer to become a member of the 2018 Youth Council.
  6. Successful applicants will be required to return a signed acceptance offer.
  7. Unsuccessful applicants will be advised and offered the opportunity to meet with the Community Development Officer – Youth to explore local opportunities for community engagement and skill development.