Formalised debating is a wonderful way to improve public speaking skills, but do you ever wish that you could actually debate for what you believe in? The Youth Parliament of Victoria gives young people the opportunity for their voices to be heard at the highest levels of State government on a wide variety of issues. 

Each Youth Parliament Team will conceive a Bill within the remit of Victorian lawmaking, and just as in real Parliament, take it to the top end of Spring Street for debate amongst their peers. If voted through and passed by the members of the House, Bills are given assent by the Youth Governor of Victoria. Bills are then handed to the Government to be considered by the relevant Government Ministers.

In the Victorian Youth Parliament’s 32-year history, more than 30 pieces of State Legislations have originated in the Youth Parliament, including:

  • Roadside Drug Testing for Drivers
  • Over the Counter Availability of the Morning After Pill
  • Mandatory Wearing of a Bicycle Helmet
  • Removal of Glass from Identified High-Risk Entertainment Venues
  • Gun Reformation Laws
  • Reducing the Learners Permit Age to 16
  • Access to the Morning After Pill
  • Increased De Facto Rights for Same-Sex Couples

The Youth Parliament is unique in its capacity to provide an ongoing and accurate cross-section of youth opinions throughout the state. The Youth Parliamentarians choose and subsequently debate the issues that they have selected. For this reason, the Youth Parliament continues to produce such a potent response from the sitting Government, and generate interest from the Media.

This year’s full list of Bills are the following:

  • Court Dogs for Vulnerable Witnesses Act 2019
  • Improving Access to Adolescent Psychiatric Wards Bill 2019
  • Mobile Phone Management Strategy for Victorian Primary and Secondary Schools Bill 2019
  • Voluntary Voting for 16 To 17 Year Olds Within Victorian State Elections Bill 2019
  • Regional School Bus Routes to Allow Public Access Bill 2019
  • Recyclable Container Refund Scheme Bill 2019
  • Mental Health Days in Victorian Secondary Schools Bill 2019
  • The Banning of Single-Use Plastic Bags Bill 2019
  • Pill Testing at Music Festivals Bill 2019
  • Raising the Age of Criminal Responsibility Bill 2019
  • Compulsory LGBTQI Sex Education and Staff Awareness Training in Victorian Public Secondary Schools Bill 2019
  • Safe Public Transport Bill 2019
  • Government Funding of University Accommodation Bill 2019
  • Party Safe Initiative Bill 2019
  • Victorian Ecological Sustainability Bill 2019
  • Mental Health Workforce Initiatives Bill 2019
  • Youth Rent Subsidy Scheme Bill 2019
  • Heroin Control and Reform Bill 2019
  • Increased Deaf Facilities in Victorian Schools Bill 2019
  • Compulsory Installation of Water Tanks on New Residential Sites Bill 2019

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