Advocacy

To advocate is to speak or act in support of or in defence of somebody, a community, or a cause.

Our advocacy work

VicSRC advocates for all Victorian school-aged students, no matter your year level or what type of school you go to. VicSRC’s advocacy work is led by students, including the Student Executive Advisory Committee and VicSRC Ambassadors.

Sometimes our advocacy is based around specific issues, like the Congress priorities. A lot of the advocacy work we do is ensuring that student voices are heard in every aspect of decision-making in education.

We sit on many different Department of Education advisory groups to make sure this happens, including:

  • LGBTIQ Education Reference Group
  • Respectful Relationships Advisory Group
  • Marrung Central Governance Advisory Committee
  • Complaints Management Reference Group
  • Education State in Schools Guiding Coalition

We also meet regularly with the Minister for Education so they hear directly from students about the most important issues!

Our current advocacy campaigns

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Policy Platform

VicSRC’s Policy Platform outlines nine goals VicSRC has for education in Victoria.

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Congress Priorities

VicSRC’s annual advocacy priorities are decided by students at VicSRC Congress each year.

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Learning from remote learning

VicSRC surveyed 650 students about their experiences of remote and online learning throughout 2020. We developed several reports and recommendations about how to improve education for all students in the future.

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Students and school governance

Student involvement in all levels of decision-making is a big focus for VicSRC. Following a campaign by VicSRC, student members are now compulsory on all school councils in Victorian government secondary schools with Year 7 and above.

These resources have more information about students and school governance:

Policy submissions and research

VicSRC regularly writes policy submissions with and for students, and sometimes commissions research about student-focused issues. You can read some of our most recent pieces of work below.

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