Change the law?

Youthlaw advocates for change to laws, policies and practices that advance the human rights of young people.

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Policy platform

Youthlaw is a fearless advocate for young people. Not only do we provide legal advice to individuals but we also advocate for laws, practices and policies to be changed to benefit ALL young people. You can see the current issues we are working on in our Policy platform.

Smart Justice for Young People

We work with legal and non-legal organisations to bring about change. In 2011 we established Smart Justice for Young People (SJ4YP) – a coalition of over 30 legal, youth, health, welfare and community organisations. We lead and resource this coalition.

Latest submission SJ4YP response to Inquiry into Victoria’s Criminal Justice system FINAL


Every year we review our key campaigns. Over the next few years, our key campaign will be Justice Reinvestment – persuading governments and decision-makers to put more funding into early intervention to prevent offending in the first place. Our other campaign areas are:

Our campaigns are run jointly with Smart Justice for Young People (SJ4YP).

Emerging and topical issues

See our blog for our commentary and responses to emerging and topical issues, including the release of crimes statistics and Federal and State elections.

Media enquiries

To speak to us about our advocacy priorities or in response to emerging issues around laws, policy and practice affecting young people in Victoria:

T: 03 9113 9500 and ask for

  • Director – Ariel Couchman
  • Policy, Advocacy & Human Rights Officer – Tiffany Overall

or email at