Youth Council Program Outline

The City of Greater Bendigo Youth Council is an advisory and advocacy committee, whose role it is to represent and promote the voice of young people aged 12 to 24 who live, work and study in the City of Greater Bendigo. The Youth Council meets regularly to discuss issues that are important to young people in Greater Bendigo.

The establishment of the City of Greater Bendigo’s Youth Council is a tangible expression of the City’s commitment to young people and is the first action in the City’s Youth Strategy, Explore, Engage, Empower: Young People in Greater Bendigo.

City of Greater Bendigo Youth Council aims

  • Include young people from diverse backgrounds in decision-making processes

  • Advise on current and emerging issues impacting young people

  • Influence youth focused programs and projects delivered by the City of Greater Bendigo

  • Provide advice on the management and use of the YO Bendigo youth facility

  • Promote civic pride in the contributions of young people in the community by representing the City at civic events.

  • Provide a mechanism for young people to oversee the implementation of the City’s Explore, Engage, Empower- Young People in Greater Bendigo `Youth strategy.

City of Greater Bendigo Youth Council objectives

  • Represent and promote the voice of young people in the City;

  • Provide a platform for young people to advocate on priorities that are important to their lives;

  • Advise the City Council on current and emerging issues affecting young people;

  • Provide opportunities for young people to influence youth-focussed programs and projects delivered by the City;

  • Provide a mechanism for young people to oversee the implementation of the Youth Strategy;

  • Identify services gaps and opportunities for improved cooperation, coordination, and partnerships that will improve outcomes for young people;

  • Provide opportunities for young people to have a say in the management of the YO Bendigo Youth Facility;

  • Build a sense of civic pride about young people in the community;

  • Provide opportunities for young people to be engaged in civic activities and events;

  • Include young people from diverse backgrounds in decision-making processes;

  • Strengthen professional development opportunities for young people;

  • Develop young people’s confidence and leadership skills.

Who can be a Youth Councillor?

The City of Greater Bendigo Youth Council aims to include young people who are:

  • Aged from 14 to 22 years
  • Lives in City of Greater Bendigo or attends an education facility within City of Greater Bendigo including public/private secondary schools, TAFE or University, or works with in the City of Greater Bendigo.
  • Residents of both large and small towns/districts within City of Greater Bendigo
  • Actively involved in school leadership or peer support groups
  • Members of local sporting clubs and/or community groups
  • From a culturally diverse background
  • Young parents
  • LGBTIQ community
  • Eager to make a difference in their local community

What is involved

Youth Council members are appointed for two-year terms after an expression of interest and interview process. Youth Councillors then elect a Youth Mayor and a Deputy Youth Mayor for a 12-month term.

  • The Youth Council will meet regularly through out this time. 

  • Optional Participation in Reference Groups, Advisory Committees and Steering Groups.

  • Optional Participation in working groups.

  • Connect with other young leaders across Bendigo.

  • Program participation celebration.

All members are appointed to the Youth Council for a 2 year period from Jan 2021 – November 2022, with the option of resigning at any time.

Briefings and Meetings

Currently Youth Council meet twice a month. Meeting on the Second and Fourth Tuesday of Each Month from February to November.

Youth Council Briefings are held on the second  Tuesday of each month from February to November. Briefings are held in the YO Bendigo facility at 45 Mundy street.

Youth Council Meetings are held on the fourth Tuesday of each month from February to November. Meetings are held in the Reception Room of the Bendigo Town Hall.

Meetings generally run for 2 hours between 6.00 pm to 8.00 pm.

A light meal is provided to Youth Councillors prior to each meeting. 

Briefings and Meetings requirements

Youth Councillors are required to:

  • Attend Youth Council all Briefings and Meetings

  • Have a strong attendance rate - We understand life, school, work and family can get in the way sometimes.

  • Prepare for meetings by reading all documentation, including agenda and agenda items.

  • Attend meetings when required to represent the Youth Council

  • Observe a City of Greater Bendigo Council meeting

  • Participate in City of Greater Bendigo events/functions as required

  • Communicate with City of Greater Bendigo Councillors

  • Regularly liaise with the City of Greater Bendigo Inclusive Communities Staff

  • Participate in Reference Groups, Advisory Committees and Steering Groups when requested by City of Greater Bendigo staff

  • Attend City of Greater Bendigo Council Briefings throughout the year to present the Youth Council Quarterly Report, outlining recent activities and outcomes. This report will be produced by an Inclusive Communities Officer with consultation from the Youth Council
  • Youth Councillors are provided with resources to access all material for meetings. 

Payment

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

Leadership positions

There are two Leadership positions held by Youth Councillors, Youth Mayor and Deputy Youth Mayor. 

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 City of Greater Bendigo Councillors or staff.

  • Be impartial and unbiased when making decisions

Deputy Youth 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 Leadership Elections

The Youth Council election will occur as part of the first meeting in February each year.

  • Elected positions will include Youth Mayor and Deputy Youth Mayor

  • Elections will be carried out through an anonymous ballot

Expressions of interest

We are seeking Expressions of Interest from young people to fill the City of Greater Bendigo Youth Council Positions.

Expressions of Interest to join the Youth Council may be submitted between Friday, Novmeber 6 2020 - Sunday December 6 2020. No applications received after this time will be excepted. 

Expressions of interest process

  1. When the City of Greater Bendigo receives a completed Expression of Interest form including personal 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, and the Interview Responses

  5. The successful applicants will be contacted with the offer to become a member of the 2021 Youth Council in early December 2020

  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 Inclusive Community Officers to explore local opportunities for community engagement and skill development