Young people are more vulnerable to injury, harassment and exploitation than any other group of workers. Trades Hall is working to empower the unionists of tomorrow.


Over 2000 young people between the ages of 16-24 are injured on Victorian worksites every year. These young people are 21% more likely to experience a workplace injury requiring hospitalisation than any other age group, whether they are full time, part time, casual, labour hire, an apprentice or on work experience.


Young people are also more likely to face exploitation in the workplace through cash in hand arrangements, unpaid internships, underpayment, bullying and harassment. At the same time, union membership for 15-24 year olds is lower, meaning young workers often miss out on the support they need when things go wrong. Our projects aim to change that.


Young Workers Centre

Young workers with issues at work often don't know where to turn to for help. But in a world first, Victorian young workers can now turn to the Young Workers Centre.  We can teach you your rights, support you through your issue, and even help you campaign for change.

Are you a law student with a passion for social justice issues? Join our Young Workers Centre as a Youth Advocate.  

You’ll help young workers resolve disputes in the workplace and gain practical skills in employment law.  You’ll receive training and mentoring under the supervision of our Young Workers Solicitor.  Placements are designed to comply with your University’s requirements so you can receive academic credit for your placement.  If you’d like to get involved or have queries, contact Sarah Bright or 9659 3555. 


Union Summer

A summer internship program for young workers coordinated by the Victorian Trades Hall Council, designed to develop interns’ experience and skills in areas such as advocacy, union organising, industrial relations and activism within a trade union setting.


The Clara Weekes Project

A program of school visits which aims to educate students about their rights at work and about the working collectively to achieve social change. For more infomation, contact our Youth Organiser on 9659 3550






We respectfully acknowledge that Trades Hall stands on the lands of the Wurundjeri people,

traditional owners and continuing custodians of this land.