What is the LLEN Program?

The LLEN concept is about working to support local young people (aged 10 to 19) to improve their education, training and employment outcomes. There are 31 LLENs across Victoria and the LLEN initiative has now been operating for over 15 years with local stakeholders to support local youth.

The Banyule Nillumbik LLEN

The Banyule Nillumbik LLEN covers the local government areas of Banyule and Nillumbik which includes 23 secondary schools across the two local government areas. The Banyule Nillumbik LLEN works with local partners to support young people in the two areas particularly those young people who are at risk of disengaging or who have already disengaged from education and training and are not in meaningful employment.

The BNLLEN Vision is to create a

‘seamless education, training and employment pathways that are inclusive responsive and innovative’

Stakeholder Groups

The Banyule Nillumbik LLEN will achieve its Vision by bringing together the expertise and experience of local stakeholders to develop and foster sustainable partnerships that engage stakeholder groups.

These partnerships will recognise the local situation, build on current practice and develop a sustainable and strategic approach which involves the whole community to support young people’s learning and development.  LLENs broker sustainable mutually beneficial partnerships that improve education and transition outcomes for young people between four stakeholder groups as follows:

  • Education providers partner with stakeholders to ensure young people participate in challenging, relevant and engaging learning that makes the curriculum more meaningful and broadens personal aspirations
  • Business and industry participate in sustainable partnerships that develop the skills and knowledge of the future workforce maximising relationships with industries affected by local skills shortages
  • Parents and families participate in partnerships that provide an informed and supportive environment for all young people to enable life long learning and career and pathway planning
  • Community groups engage in partnerships that harness resources and build social capital resulting in a coordinated, strategic, holistic approach to supporting young people

The Banyule Nillumbik LLEN Board

The BNLLEN Board has up to 20 members from 10 different categories which link to the four stakeholder groups.  The Board membership provides a wide range of perspectives, expertise and experience related to young people.  Board members have the means of providing quality advice to the government on policy, providing strategic direction to the Executive Officer and the means to influence positively the futures of local youth.

The Board and the EO are directly responsible to the Chair. The operational activities of the BNLLEN are the responsibility of the EO.

The Board meets bi-monthly for an early morning breakfast meeting at the BNLLEN Office, located at the Melbourne Polytechnic Campus in Greensborough.  It is expected that each Board member is a member of one of the two Standing Committees, Risk Management and the Strategic Directions, and they meet as required usually about three times during the year.  Other expectations of Board members are to continue the work they already do in partnership with the BNLLEN in supporting local young people.


For more information please contact:

Nancye Harrison
Executive Officer
Office Phone: 03 9431 8005
Mobile: 0425 784 616