FIFTEEN YEARS OF

SEPT 29 - OCT 2, 2020

Congress may look a little different this year, but it will still be an explosion of Student Voice!

Congress 2020 Program

Day 1 | Sept 29


11:00am - 11:30am: Kick off


11:30am - 1:00pm: Pitch Session

Pitch your education issue and vote which issue to work on


3:00pm - 4:00pm: Education Perspectives Panel

Hear from a panel of students about their perspectives on education and their diverse experiences of schooling.

This session is optional


The program is subject to change. Keep an eye on the website and our socials to keep up to date.

Speakers

Congress 2020 coordinator Bri
Congress Coordinator and MC

Bri (she/her) is a year 12 student and is finishing up her third term as a VicSRC Executive. She lives in North-East Victoria in a little town of under 4000 people. Bri believes that everyone has the right to a high quality education that will aid them in whatever future they choose, regardless of where they live.

Congress 2020 speaker Tafara
Panel Facilitator

Tafara (he/him) is a year 12 student from Bendigo and a member of the 2019 – 2020 VicSRC Student Executive Advisory Committee. He believes that students should be overseers of their own education and student agency should be embedded into the culture of every school.

Congress 2020 panelist Issy
Panelist

Issy (they/them) is a disabled and queer young person currently undertaking year 12 in an alternative education format. They work in the disability and youth space, and frequently writes too. They are passionate about accessible education and representation.

Congress 2020 panelist Lochie
Panelist

Lochie (he/him) is a Rural Youth Ambassador living in Mortlake in south west Victoria and studying year 11. He is passionate about the agricultural industry and showing cattle, which has taken him all around the world.

Congress 2020 panelist Talia
Panelist

Talia (she/her) is a sport-loving student currently studying year 12. She is deaf in her left ear and partially deaf in her right ear. She loves the colour yellow and is hoping to study education when she finishes school.

Australian band the Winter Flares
Musical Act

The Winter Flares is an Australian sibling duo who have performed across Australia and New Zealand at music festivals and for audiences of up to ten thousand people. Elina (15) and Ethan (17) have a diverse repertoite and use vocals, piano and keyboard, guitar, saxophone a ukulele in their work.

What to expect


Pitch your issue


Got an issue with our education system? Congress is here to help! Anyone at Congress can pitch an issue and the whole group votes on the top twelve issues to work on.


Action Teams


Action Teams are groups of delegates led by the VicSRC Executive Committee. They develop plans of action on the top issues. You get to pick your Action Team based on which issue is most important to you. Over the course of Congress, you will spend time with your Action Team working on actions and strategies that will help solve your issue, ending with presenting your plan and everyone voting on the order of priority.


Speakers and Panels


Over the years we have had some amazing people come and speak at Congress. Keep an eye on our socials for our speaker and panel announcements!

Technical Requirements

Before Congress 2020, you will be contacted by a member of the event team to help you get set up. Outlined below is what you will need to participate in Congress 2020 virtually.

All the platforms required to participate in Congress 2020 are web-based. This means you can access them in your web-browser without downloading them onto your personal device.


There are three platforms you will need to access to participate in Congress 2020:

  • Zoom
  • VicSRC's Online Learning Suite powered by Thinkific
  • Congress Event Application powered by CVent Crowd Compass

For optimal experience we recommend you download the Zoom client and the Congress Event Application onto your device.

These platforms require the following to operate effectively:

  • An internet connection - broadband or wireless
  • Speakers and a microphone- buil-in or USB plug-in or wireless Bluetooth
  • A webcam or HD webcam - you can participate without a webcam however, for optimal experience we recommend you have a webcam

Supported operating systems

  • MacOS X with macOS 10.9 or later
  • Windows 10, Windows 8 or 8.1, Windows 7
  • Ubuntu 12.04 or higher

Supported Browsers

  • Windows: Edge 12+, Firefox 27+, Chrome 30+
  • Mac: Safari 7+, Firefox 27+, Chrome 30+
  • Linux: Firefox 27+, Chrome 30+

How to update your browser:

Please note that VicSRC's Online Learning Suite does not support Internet Explorer.

Check out our student led space


The Student Voice Hub is a place where students can come together to collaborate, get resources and talk about what's happening in other schools around the state with regards to student voice.


Contact us


Our Community House
552 Victoria Street,
North Melbourne
VICTORIA, 3051

General inquiries

[email protected]
0411 679 050


Media inquiries

[email protected]
0488 700 138