Our History

In 2003 students created the statement and aims still in use today and renamed the organization the Victorian Student Representative Council or more fondly known as VicSRC.

2007 Exec with former Minster Browyn Pike

After several attempts by Victorian students from the 1980s at least to establish a state organisation, 300 students met at the Paving the Way Conference in Ballarat in July 2001 and decided to establish the Victorian Secondary Students Network (VSSN) where the first student executive was elected. The VSSN operated briefly with the support of the Office for Youth. The student executive struggled to continue the organization once that support was withdrawn about a year later, but managed to regroup in 2003 where the students created the statement of aims still in use today and renamed the organization the VicSRC.

The Youth Affairs Council of Victoria offered office space for meetings and continuing support for the group that has lasted to the present.

In 2005 the VicSRC hosted their first Congress at the Moorabbin Town Hall, a single day event involving over 100 students from across Victoria. The next Congress was held in 2007 at the Collingwood Town Hall; this time the VicSRC had secured funding from the Donkey Wheel Foundation and the Reichstein Foundation to employ a staff member for a year. With this kind of central support and a budget the Congress was able to elect a new student executive at last. The first Coordinator employed was James Tonson, who had been involved in attempts to set up the VicSRC when he was a student in the late 90s.

The VicSRC Congress continued to be held annually, but moved to the Oasis campsite in Mt Evelyn and became an overnight conference as well. Since 2007, each year the Congress has successfully elected a student Executive to govern the VicSRC. Reports for each Congress document the decisions of each Congress since 2005 which forms the instructions for the Executive.

The Executive Committee has created a number of resources for SRCs over the years, including a Principals' guide, an environment kit, and a major VicSRC publication for SRC students and Teachers; Represent!

Regional conferences were initiated in 2008. In that same year, the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development entered into a funding agreement with the VicSRC that kept the support going but retained the independence of the students.

In 2009 a new coordinator was employed, Kate Walsh, for four years, until Krista Seddon took over the position in 2013.

Subscribe