In 2020, more than 100 young Victorians have come together to write 18 Bills (what is a Bill? See below!), to propose changes in law to the Victorian Government. Each topic below is the reflection of in-depth thought, discussion, research and planning by the authors, who are all aged between 16 – 25.

What is a Bill?

A Bill is a document that is a proposed piece of legislation. In a nutshell, it’s a law that isn’t a law yet – to become law, it needs to be debated and passed by the Parliament. In this case, the Bill was written to be debated by the Youth Parliament of Victoria. Find out more about the YMCA Victoria Youth Parliament program.

The construction industry should responsible for its waste

Students from Bacchus Marsh Grammar School believe that there should be mandatory testing of on-site waste products on construction sites in Victoria. Read more about how they want to see that happen.

Title:The construction industry should take responsibility for its waste
Author:Bacchus Marsh Grammar School Youth Parliament team
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In 2020, students from Bacchus Marsh Grammar School wrote a Bill to propose to the Victorian Government that the environment should be protected by preventing ill-managed corporate waste disposal. They proposed that construction companies should be provided with clear procedures to test for and manage toxic waste. You can read the full Bill that was given to the Victorian Government by clicking on the links above.

How we build houses can save the environment

Young people from Bendigo Youth Services want to reduce Victoria’s energy usage by providing subsidies for sustainable innovations to be included in all new residential buildings. Read more about how they want to see that happen.

Title: How we build houses can save the environment
Author: Bendigo Youth Services
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In 2020, young people from Bendigo Youth Services wrote a Bill to propose to the Victorian Government that new residential buildings should be provided with subsidies for sustainable technologies and products, to make sure that environmentally sustainable building practices are being used across the state. They also proposed that there should be compulsory solar panel installation on all new homes in Victoria. You can read the full Bill that was given to the Victorian Government by clicking on the links above.

It’s time for single-use plastics to be taxed

Young people from Booroondara Youth Services want single-use plastics to be taxed in Victoria, with the manufacturers themselves paying the tax. Read more about how they want to see that happen.

Title:It’s time for single-use plastics to be taxed
Author:Booroondara Youth Services
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In 2020, young people from Booroondara Youth Services wrote a Bill to propose to the Victorian Government that manufacturers of single-use plastic products should be taxed, to reduce Victoria’s contribution to global warming and to help to protect our marine pollution. They want to see revenue from this tax to be given to the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning’s Sustainability Fund. You can read the full Bill that was given to the Victorian Government by clicking on the links above.

It’s time to do something about youth unemployment

Young people from the Brotherhood of St Laurence want to lower the unemployment rate amongst young Victorians by the creation of an inclusive, paid placement program. Read more about how they want to see that happen.

Title:It’s time to do something about youth unemployment
Author:The Brotherhood of St Laurence
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In 2020, young people from the Brotherhood of St Laurence wrote a Bill to propose to the Victorian Government that a paid work placement work program should be established to address the state’s youth unemployment levels. By providing financial incentives to employers, and paying participants for their work experience time, this group of young people want to make it easier for young Victorians to get work experience in relevant industries. You can read the full Bill that was given to the Victorian Government by clicking on the links above.

Make childcare more accessible

Young people from Castlemaine Secondary College want to make sure that childcare is more accessible to everyone who needs it. They want to see the financial and geographical barriers removed so that families who need to access the childcare system, can. Read more about how they want to see that happen.

Title:Make childcare more accessible
Author:Castlemaine Secondary College
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In 2020, young people from Castlemaine Secondary College wrote a Bill to propose to the Victorian Government that the barriers that currently exist that stop families from accessing childcare services should be removed. They also proposed that wages for childcare workers should be increased, and that more links should be created between childcare centres and community health providers. You can read the full Bill that was given to the Victorian Government by clicking on the links above.

Voluntary mental health patients need better support

Young people from the Central Highlands Advisory Board want to make sure that Victorians who are discharged from hospital after an assessment for mental illness, are better cared for. Read more about how they want to see that happen.

Title:Voluntary mental health patients need better support
Author:Central Highlands Youth Advisory Board
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In 2020, young people from the Central Highlands Youth Advisory Board wrote a Bill to propose to the Victorian Government that the procedures that follow the discharge of voluntary mental health patients from hospital should be altered to provide better support. This support includes better access to services outside of the emergency room, and better support and follow-up for their carers. You can read the full Bill that was given to the Victorian Government by clicking on the links above.

Students need free public transport

Students from Coburg High School want all Victorian student to receive free public transport to and from their place of education. Read more about how they want to see that happen.

Title:Students need free public transport
Author:Coburg High School
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In 2020, young people from Coburg High School wrote a Bill to propose to the Victorian Government that every student in the state should have access to free public transport to and from the place that they study. In proposing this, they want to address both the financial burden of public transport on young Victorians, as well as reduce the carbon footprint of transporting students. You can read the full Bill that was given to the Victorian Government by clicking on the links above.

How we can make school safer

Students from Greater Shepparton Secondary College want to make school a safer place for students and teachers, by providing better supplies of soap and hand sanitiser, as well as ergonomic furniture and backpacks. Read more about how they want to see that happen.

Title:How we can make school safer
Author:Greater Shepparton Secondary College
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In 2020, young people from Greater Shepparton Secondary College wrote a Bill to propose to the Victorian Government that there are simple measures that could be taken to make school a safer place for students and teachers alike. They propose that there are simple changes to the equipment provided within schools that could make them healthier, safer places fore everyone. You can read the full Bill that was given to the Victorian Government by clicking on the links above.

A renewable energy future for Victoria

Young people from the Korin Gamadji Institute want to see Victoria take steps to transition to renewable energy. Read more about how they want to see that happen.

Title:A renewable energy future for Victoria
Author:Korin Gamadji Institute
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In 2020, young people from the Korin Gamadji Institute wrote a Bill (what is a Bill? See below!) to propose to the Victorian Government a series of steps that can be taken to transition the state away from non-renewable energy. This includes establishing new carbon neutrality targets, closing non-renewable energy plants, and supporting industrial workers in transitioning to roles in the renewable energy sector. You can read the full Bill that was given to the Victorian Government by clicking on the links above.

Public housing needs air conditioning

Young people from Mildura Rural City Council want all Victorian public housing residents to have access to air-conditioning facilities in their homes. Read more about how they want to see that happen.

Title:Public housing needs air conditioning
Author:Mildura Rural City Council
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In 2020, young people from Mildura Rural City Council wrote a Bill to propose to the Victorian Government that air conditioning should be installed in all public housing. You can read the full Bill that was given to the Victorian Government by clicking on the links above.

A better education makes us better adults

Young people from Moreland City Council want every young Victorian to have access to high quality civics education, to help them be better prepared to participate in the democratic process. Read more about how they want to see that happen.

Title:A better education makes us better adults
Author:Moreland City Council
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In 2020, young people from Moreland City Council wrote a Bill to propose to the Victorian Government that a new civics education program should be added to the existing secondary school curriculum. Focusing on voting, jury duty and taxes, the program would help young Victorians to leave the education system better prepared to make informed decisions as adults. You can read the full Bill that was given to the Victorian Government by clicking on the links above.

We need safer roads

Young people from Moyne Shire Council want to improve the safety of rural and regional roads across Victoria. Read more about how they want to see that happen.

Title:We need safer roads
Author:Moyne Shire Council
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In 2020, young people from Moyne Shire Council wrote a Bill to propose to the Victorian Government that a new Rural Road Quality Commission be established. Sitting under VicRoads, the commission would help to prioritise which of Victoria’s road are in most need of maintenance and repair, then coordinate the works. You can read the full Bill that was given to the Victorian Government by clicking on the links above.

Horse racing needs to be more humane

Students from Newhaven College want to see greater restrictions placed on the racing industry, with training, breeding and care of racehorses more closely monitored. Read more about how they want to see that happen.

Title:Horse racing needs to be more humane
Author:Newhaven College
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In 2020, young people from Newhaven College wrote a Bill to propose to the Victorian Government that a horse racing industry control board be set up within the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment. The creation of the board would aim to improve the welfare of each horse, creating a more ethical and sustainable environment for the horses. You can read the full Bill that was given to the Victorian Government by clicking on the links above.

It’s time to rethink VCE

Students from Overnewton Anglican Community College want to see a major overhaul of the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE). Read more about how they want to see that happen.

Title:It’s time to rethink VCE
Author:Overnewton Anglican Community College
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In 2020, young people from Overnewton Anglican Community College wrote a Bill to propose to the Victorian Government that a full review be undertaken into the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE). Led by a review board, the review would examine the needs of VCE students in a post-COVID 19 world, working towards a culture of learning that is embedded in students from early years. You can read the full Bill that was given to the Victorian Government by clicking on the links above.

Young Victorians need help to be healthy

Students from Tarneit Secondary College want to see more government-led initiatives to improve healthy eating and physical activity among Victorian young people. Read more about how they want to see that happen.

Title:Young Victorians need help to be healthy
Author:Tarneit Secondary College
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In 2020, young people from Tarneit Secondary College wrote a Bill to propose to the Victorian Government that a new program be established to lead statewide education reforms around healthy eating and exercise for young Victorians. The Healthy Eating for Every Young Victorian program would work with organisations across the sector to revise school canteen guidelines, and improve the healthy eating curriculum standards. You can read the full Bill that was given to the Victorian Government by clicking on the links above.

Sexual education needs a facelift

Young people from Wellington Shire Council want to see sexual education reformed in Victoria, to provide more meaningful and standardized content for young people. Read more about how they want to see that happen.

Title:Sexual education needs a facelift
Author:Wellington Shire Council
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In 2020, young people from Wellington Shire Council wrote a Bill to propose to the Victorian Government that a reformed sexual education program be provided in all Victorian schools. Created to provide space for meaningful discussions around sexual education, the program would focus on human development, relationships, society and culture. You can read the full Bill that was given to the Victorian Government by clicking on the links above.

Supermarkets need help to cut out waste

Young people from Westbourne Grammar School want see less food wastage during manufacturing, distribution and sale in supermarkets. Read more about how they want to see that happen.

Title:Supermarkets need help to cut out waste
Author:Wellington Shire Council
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In 2020, young people from Westbourne Grammar School wrote a Bill to propose to the Victorian Government that a new entity, Food Wastage Victoria, be set up to help reduce food wastage at all points of the manufacturing and sale process. Food Wastage Victoria would assist in the redirection of products otherwise headed for the bin, ensuring that what would formerly have been waste instead ends up donated to charities, or used by designated biofuel refineries. You can read the full Bill that was given to the Victorian Government by clicking on the links above.

Teach us the basic life skills at school

Young people from Westbourne Grammar School want see less food wastage during manufacturing, distribution and sale in supermarkets. Read more about how they want to see that happen.

Title:Teach us the basic life skills at school
Author:Strathbogie Shire Council
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In 2020, young people from Strathbogie Shire Council wrote a Bill to propose to the Victorian Government that mandatory Life Education classes be introduced into the Victorian curriculum. Proposed for years 7 – 10, the classes would cover basic and mental health first aid, budgeting and finances, housing, vehicle care, and superannuation. You can read the full Bill that was given to the Victorian Government by clicking on the links above.