Koorie Youth Summit

Minister’s Statement

Last week almost 200 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people came together for the fifth annual Koorie Youth Summit. This summit is an opportunity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people aged 18 to 28 to come together, to connect with one another, to celebrate culture and to discuss what is important to them.

I was pleased to open the summit and announce that the Andrews Labor government will invest $100 000 to set up a series of new and free training workshops for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Victorians. The workshops will be delivered across Victoria and run by the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation. They will provide a tailored introduction to governance, with participants gaining practical skills and knowledge to help them contribute to Aboriginal community‑led decision‑making — a key recommendation voiced at the past four summits.

As approximately 60 per cent of the Aboriginal Victorian population are aged 28 years or younger, it is important that our government support these young people to gain skills to become the leaders of tomorrow. The Victorian budget 2018–19 has committed $116 million to support self‑determination, to celebrate culture and to improve the lives of Aboriginal Victorians across the state. Since it was elected in late 2014 the Andrews Labor government has shown a deep and abiding commitment to Aboriginal self‑determination. This is particularly evident through our move towards a Victorian treaty, and I look forward to the debate occurring today in relation to this matter.

Our government is committed to supporting the needs and aspirations of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Victoria to ensure that the next generation of leaders have the essential skills to help shape the future. I congratulate the Koorie Youth Council and everyone involved on putting together another successful youth summit.