Ever wanted to stand up and be heard, seriously? Youth Parliament is looking for its next 120 Youth Parliamentarians to shake the status quo and make a difference. 

Details for the 2021 program can be found in the this application pack

The application link is below. Applications must be in by 5pm Friday 19 March 2021. By applying, you agree that all team members meet the requirements of participating in YMCA Victoria Youth Parliament.

  • What is a Bill?
    In Youth Parliament, a Bill is a 3-4 page document that outlines proposed legislation. You will spend Term Two and Term Three figuring out an issue that you’re passionate about and writing a Bill, with support from the Taskforce. 

    In September, you will stand up in Parliament House and debate why it should be law in Victoria, against another team participating in Youth Parliament. You will get lots and lots of support in how to create and debate yours (and others’) Bills, we believe anyone can do it!

    If you would like an example of what a Bill looks like, you can see the 2020 Bills on our website Virtual Y
  • Do I need to have a team of six to apply for Youth Parliament?
    No, you do not need a team of six to apply for Youth Parliament. This is to provide time for schools or groups who wish to participate to apply and source their participants once they have been accepted into the program.

    However, you do need a team of six to participate in Youth Parliament. Your team must be confirmed and have registered their details at the above link by 9am Monday 19th April 2021.
  • Do I have to go to the camps to participate?
    Yes, you do need to attend the camps to participate. Lots of information will be covered and practiced on camp, so it’s very important everyone attends. Plus, it’s really fun, we promise! 

    If you have questions or concerns about the camp, please email our team at youthparliament.vic@ymca.org.au and we’re more than happy to make sure you know that camp is safe, fun and empowering. 
  • I’m doing VCE and the camp is really close to exams! Is there time to study on camp?
    Yes, there will be time to study on camp. However, please note that camp will be very busy with lots to do, and we can’t promise a quiet place to study that you might be used to at home.

    Youth Parliament typically operates in the July school holidays as a camp, however it is running in September this year as a preventative measure against potential COVID-19 restrictions.
  • What does the cost of the program contribute to?

    The participant fees cover the nine day residential program (including all accommodation, catering, and mid-program transport), all training and Parliamentary support (including online and face-to-face content), program materials, as well as exclusive 2021 merch. For six months of programming, the total team cost is $4880 (inc. GST) which is approximately $813 per participant.

  • If COVID-19 restrictions prevent camp from running, will the program still run?
    Yes, Youth Parliament will run online if COVID-19 restrictions prevent a camp and, worst-case scenario, going to Parliament House too. 

    Training, stakeholder meetings, media and debates will be held online as similar to Parliament as we can possibly get. We are dedicated to providing young people with an empowering learning experience, following all health rules.