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Student Representative Councils

Inspired by the power of student-led movements worldwide, the SRC program will support students to build their representation and advocate for change on the issues that matter to them in their schools - and beyond.

Three young people sit on steps facing one another. The person on the right wearing a blue long sleeve top with long dark hair is speaking.

What is a Student Representative Council?

Student Representative Councils (SRC) is a body of students from years 10-12 who work together to create real, student-led change in their communities.

This project is inspired by student-led movements worldwide, particularly the Victorian Student Representative Council (VicSRC) – an independent student-led organisation that represents school students across Victoria. VicSRC stands with and for students to elevate their voices to be heard and its vision is education that’s flexible, relevant and includes all students in all decisions.

In 2022, we’ve teamed up with the South Australian Commissioner for Children and Young People and the National Indigenous Youth Education Coalition to launch an SRC across SA.

FYA will work with young people, Governments, and schools to launch SRCs across the country. Thousands of students are missing the opportunities to create their own policy agenda and strive for change in their schools, the education system, and their local communities.

Frequently Asked questions

Do I need to be on my school SRC to apply?

Nope! Any student from Years 10, 11, or 12 are able to apply, regardless of whether you are on your school SRC or not 

How is this different from a school SRC?

You can expect a very different SRC to the one you might know from school. This state-wide SRC is about having the opportunity to join with other like-minded young people from across the state to make real change in your community on issues decided upon and actioned by you. 

You’ll meet other passionate young people like yourself and be given the opportunity to build the skills and knowledge you’ll need around the issues and areas you care most about.

Do I need permission from my school?

The SA SRC is not school based so applications are from individuals but as the SA SRC provides opportunities for empowerment and leadership, we are confident that SA schools will promote, encourage and engage with the program.

With the exception of the launch Summit, SA SRC will largely be run outside of school time.

Who can I contact for more info?

If you have any questions or you’re looking to start a group in your State or Territory, get in touch with Paige Burton, Director of Civic and Cultural Engagement at