Youth Rights Forum – from training to work

Event details

  • September 12, 2017
  • 9:00 am - 1:30 pm
  • Phoenix Youth Hub, 72 Buckley Street, Footscray, VIC 3011
  • 03 9376 7251


This is a FREE professional development opportunity to learn from experts in the field about young people’s rights in employment or training (focussing on RTOs), as well as young jobseekers’ rights participating in jobactive-related activities (including Work for the Dole and PaTH).

The Forum focuses on equipping those working with young people to recognise when and how legal rights have been breached; how to professionally support and empower a young person; and where to seek help. Participants will have the opportunity to share their stories and to ask questions. Networking between participating service providers is encouraged.

For additional information, please refer to the program outline and list of keynote speakers below.


Youth workers | Settlement Workers | Career Advisors | Support Workers | Parents | Teachers | Volunteers | Case Managers | Anyone else who works with young people.


please RSVP here.


faciliated by Consumer Action Law Centre and Maribyrnong & Moonee Valley Local Learning and Employment Network


faciliated by Australian Unemployed Workers Union 


faciliated by WEstjustice & Young Workers Centre



Jesse Mathews | Consumer Action Law Centre (CALC)

Jesse Marshall is a solicitor at Consumer Action Law Centre. He was previously a solicitor at King & Wood Mallesons in the banking and finance team, and prior to that he worked as a policy research officer for a member of the Victorian Parliament. Jesse has a strong passion for education, youth affairs and social justice, and in 2011 he was the National President of the National Union of Students.

Consumer Action provides financial counsellors, community lawyers and other community professionals with resources, professional development and support they need to protect their clients from predatory and exploitative business practices. Consumer Action provides community workers with quick access to specialist legal advice on consumer matters through its dedicated Worker Advice Line

Lisa Price & Ross O’Rourke | Maribyrnong and Moonee Valley Local Learning and Employment Network (MMVLLEN)

For many years Lisa and Ross have been educating young people on RTO awareness via their work with schools and youth organisations as part of their roles at MMVLLEN. Both have a background working directly or indirectly with RTO’s. Specifically, Lisa worked as Business Development Manager of a National RTO, and then as a Mentor to Apprentices for the VACC. Ross has had many years of experience within the construction industry where he dealt with a variety of RTO’s. Both Lisa and Ross are dedicated to providing young people with the necessary awareness to be able to make informed choices for their training. They look forward to sharing their knowledge with participants at the Forum.

Kate Zizys | Australian Unemployed Workers Union (AUWU)

Kate is the National Branch Coordinator for the Australian Unemployed Workers Union. Kate has volunteered with the union since 2016, having joined in response to frustration with the lackluster jobs market, a lifetime of underemployment and disillusion with the job provider industries ability to help with obtaining stable employment in contemporary Australian culture.

The AUWU strengths lie in understanding and responding to the Job Provider Networks, acting as an independent watchdog . We produce a booklet of rights for welfare recipients and work with other organisations such as ACOSS and the Anti-Poverty Network to educate the public about the problems with current social welfare policy reform and we work with welfare recipients to empower them.

Tarni Perkal | WEstjustice

Tarni has worked for over 15 years in the community sector, and for the last four years as a lawyer in community legal centres. She is currently the Senior Solicitor at the WEstjustice community legal centre’s Migrant and Refugee Employment Project. The Project aims to improve employment outcomes for migrants and refugees in the Western suburbs of Melbourne by empowering migrant and refugee communities to understand and enforce their workplace rights, through an employment law legal service and an education program, along with advocating for systemic change. Tarni has extensive experience delivering training to community organisations and legal professionals on a range of legal issues, including employment and discrimination law.

Edith Sheperd | Young Workers Centre (YWC)

Edie is a Ballardung and Wiradjuri woman and outreach organiser at the YWC. Prior to joining YWC, she practiced as a youth worker in a variety of education, family and domestic violence services. The YWC is a one-stop-shop for young workers who want to learn more about their rights at work or who need assistance in resolving issues at work. They are based in Victorian Trades Hall, the peak body for trade unions in Victoria. They are a team of lawyers, organisers, educators and researchers who empower young people working in Victoria with the knowledge and skills to make their workplaces safer and end workplace exploitation.