Junior Advisory Group

Young people standing in front of Civic Centre

The Junior Advisory Group initiative has been developed to support young people connect with their local government.

Junior Advisory Group Sessions 2020

Due to the rapidly changing nature of 2020, the only Junior Advisory Group session that will go ahead in 2020 will be the 22 October session (unless otherwise advised).

The October session, if it goes ahead, will be taking into account all safety measures available. More information will be available to participating schools from August 2020.

It remains important to allow our younger residents access to their local government. If you are a teacher or an assistant principal and would like to arrange for civic engagement with your local students, please contact Clare Sideras on 9518 3635 or email childfriendly@monash.vic.gov.au for more information.

We are open to working together and developing pathways that allow young people to become active citizens of their community.

Council Meeting December 2019

At its 10 December 2019 meeting, Council appointed Mayor Stuart James and Cr Rebecca Paterson to participate in the Junior Advisory Group in 2020.

Background

Council undertook an 18 month trial of a Junior Advisory Group giving primary school students the opportunity to be active citizens and engage with Council.

The idea for the Junior Advisory Group came from consultation on the Child and Young People Friendly City project.

The aim is to allow all residents of Monash, regardless of their age, to be included and participate in decision making and the future vision for Monash.

The project aims to allow residents and Council staff to gain a better understanding of what makes a city child and young people friendly; raise awareness of the services Council provides for children and young people; develop initiatives to address any gaps in meeting the Victoria Charter framework for being a Child Friendly City, and identify areas where Council can improve engagement with young people and children.

Young people aged from 10 to 17 often actively seek engagement with Council via social media and school activities and through Council programs such as Activate, our Youth Reference Groups, Youth Ambassadors, and other programs through Monash Youth Services.

Children aged between birth through to 5 tend to be actively engaged with Council through their parents and families interaction with multiple services offered for this age group, including Maternal and Child Health programs, playgroups, child care or story time.

However, children aged 6 to 11 years are not as well connected with Council and we are hoping that this initiative will ensure they have an opportunity to actively engage with Council, and share their ideas about their community whilst learning about Council and its operations in a fun and engaging way. Council is looking forward to the different perspective children will bring, and to hearing wonderful and exciting new ideas.

Council Meeting May 2018

At its 29 May 2018 meeting, Council resolved to support the twelve (12) month trial of a Junior Advisory Group for primary school students and appointed Councillors Josh Fergeus, Rebecca Paterson and Theo Zographos to participate in the Junior Advisory Group in 2019.

More information:

Report to Council Meeting, 29 May 2018 (pdf, 152KB)

Attachment - Victorian Charter for Child Friendly Cities and Communities (pdf, 514KB)

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Last updated: 14 July 2020