In May 2015 Mildura Rural City Council adopted the Youth Charter. The Charter was developed by the Youth Liaison Committee members aged 16 – 25 years, after consultation and undertaking a Youth Survey and receiving 710 responses from young people from across the municipality.
The Charter is a simple, easy to read document that provides a mechanism to ensure meaningful and informed dialogue between young people and Council on issues that affect young people.
The Youth Charter is a guiding document which supports Council’s commitment to actively involve young people in all aspects of community life. Council recognises young people are an important part of our community and the Youth Charter sets out how we will engage with, listen to, advocate for and celebrate young people in our region.
Guiding Principle 1 – Inclusion
- Value the ideas of young people
- Enable young people to be a part of Council’s planning processes and develop better relationships with young people
- Ensure transparency in the decision making process
- Work alongside young people rather than for young people
Guiding Principle 2 – Equality
- Recognise the value and rights of all young people
- Accept and respect young people and their diversity
- Value young people as important citizens within the community
Guiding Principle 3 – Advocacy
- Empower young people to have a voice
- Celebrate the achievement and contributions of young people
- Act on the concerns of young people
Guiding Principle 4 – Commitment
- Provide meaningful opportunities that positively impact the lives of young people
- Commit to a positive and meaningful future for young people