Youth Council Outline and Applications
The City of Greater Bendigo Youth Council is an advisory and advocacy committee whose role is to represent the voice of young people who live, work and/or study in the City of Greater Bendigo (the City). The City of Greater Bendigo Youth Council comprises of fifteen to eighteen young people aged between 14 and 24. Membership of the City of Greater Bendigo Youth Council is a voluntary and therefore requires members to be registered as volunteers with the City of Greater Bendigo.
City of Greater Bendigo Youth Council Goals
The goals of the Youth Council are to:
- Provide opportunities for young people to have their say and influence Council policies, plans and strategies.
- Promote young people as valuable citizens who make a positive contribution to the community.
- Provide opportunities for young people to develop leadership skills.
- Provide the opportunity for Councillors to meet, hear and learn from young people.
- Provide opportunities for young people to consult with the wider community.
What Does Youth Council Involve?
The Youth Council meets twice a month between February and November every year – usually the second and fourth Tuesday of the month at 6pm. Meetings are usually about two hours long.
Youth Councillors are required to read all documents before meetings and provide feedback and direction during meetings. Youth Councillors will also vote on items when required.
Youth Councillors will also be invited to attend City of Greater Bendigo events and be offered the opportunity to be members of various City of Greater Bendigo advisory committees.
Every year Youth Councillors elect a Youth Mayor and two Deputy Youth Mayors for a 12-month term. Elections for Youth Mayor and Deputy Youth Mayor are held at the February Youth Council Meeting. Elections are held via an anonymous ballot.
During the February Youth Council Meeting, Youth Councillors also decide on their priorities for the year. A working group is then formed for each priority area with a minimum of three Youth Councillors as members. These working groups are chaired by a member of the Youth Council who is not the Youth Mayor or one of the Deputy Youth Mayors.
The Youth Council’s current priorities are: Supporting the Economy (this includes education, training and employment pathways); Increasing Environmental Sustainability and Action (includes climate change and environmental sustainability); Championing Youth Representation and Advocacy (youth voice and representation) and Strengthening the Wellbeing of Young People (health and wellbeing).
Who can be a Youth Councillor?
To be eligible to be a member of the City of Greater Bendigo Youth Council applicants must:
- Be between the age of 14 and 24 years.
- Live, work and/or study in Greater Bendigo.
- Hold a valid Working with Children Check (volunteer level) if 18 years and older.
- Be fully vaccinated against COVID19 and be able to provide proof of vaccination.
This includes young people from all backgrounds and experiences, living in all areas of Greater Bendigo, who are eager to develop leadership skills, advocate for young people and make a difference in the community.
Youth Council Application Process
Youth Council Membership is determined via a recruitment process, this includes a City of Greater Bendigo Youth Council Expression of Interest application addressing selection criteria, an interview and a referee check.
Applicants are required to provide responses to the following questions:
- Why would you like to be a City of Greater Bendigo Youth Councillor?
- Why do you think you would make a good Youth Councillor? (e.g. what skills, qualities or experience do you have?)
- What do you see as the top issues for young people in Greater Bendigo that could be Youth Council priorities?
Applicants will be assessed on their response to criteria in their Expression of Interest and Interview.
Expression of Interest for 2022
Expressions of Interest for casual vacancies on the City of Greater Bendigo Youth Council for 2022 are now open. There are currently four vacancies available for 2022. These casual vacancies will be for the period of 12 months.
Please note: Recruitment for the 2023-2024 Youth Council two-year term will be in November 2022. All 18 Youth Council positions will be open in November 2022 for the 2023-2024 term.
How to apply for Youth Council?
Applications for the City of Greater Bendigo Youth Council are now closed.
Expression of Interest Timeline
Expressions of Interest open on Friday 19 November 2021 at 9am.
Expressions of Interest close on Sunday 12 December 2021 at 12am. No applications after this time will be accepted.
When the City of Greater Bendigo receives a completed Expression of Interest form the applicant will be notified that their application has been received.
All Expressions of Interest will then be reviewed and short-listed for Interviews. All applicants will be contacted and informed as to whether or not, they have been short-listed for an interview.
Interviews are expected to be held between Wednesday 15 December and Friday 17 December 2021. Interviews will be either be in-person or online. Applicants will be advised prior to their interview. Interviewees will then be advised of the outcome within a week of interviews concluding.
For further information please contact the City’s Youth Team at: [email protected] or call 03 5434 6401.