My question, to the Minister for Youth, follows a 26 October media release announcing the establishment of a new $15 million program, called Living Learning.

This program is targeted at young people who have become disengaged from school and are living with mental health conditions – supplying them with additional support to complete their schooling.

However, it seems from the announcement that the program may be available only for young people based in and around Melbourne – rather than also to rural and regional Victorians, including from my electorate of Northern Victoria.

As there is typically higher disengagement from employment, education and training, a larger youth justice intake, and greater demand for mental health support in Northern Victoria than in Melbourne, I therefore ask: are residents of my electorate eligible to participate in this program or, if not, why is that not the case?