Helping to design a more accessible democracy
The Victorian Parliament and our state’s millennial generation have been getting to know each other better in recent months.
The ‘Democracy for Millennials’ project has brought together young Victorians aged 18 – 30, to design new opportunities for engagement with the work of Parliament and to tackle some of the issues that have caused them to feel disconnected from the democratic process.
Regional isolation, access to appropriate information and a need for greater opportunities to engage directly with MPs are amongst the diverse range of issues that have been identified. Participants have worked collaboratively with MPs and parliamentary staff to devise solutions and develop new ways of contributing to decision-making processes.
Some of the suggestions put forward include the establishment of youth networks, innovative education programs, participation in committee processes, mobile apps for information sharing and more relevant communications through social media.
Under the guidance of facilitators from the Foudation for Young Australians, workshops have been held in Frankston, Wodonga, Swan Hill, Bairnsdale and Melbourne. A report on the results of this project will shape Parliament’s ongoing programs of community engagement.
- Published: Wednesday, 06 July 2016 16:46