The Opportunity

Youth Affairs Council Victoria (YACVic) is supporting Anglicare Victoria as they work to develop a framework where clients will have a say about changes to the children, youth and families service system.

Anglicare Victoria works with children, young people and families. They prevent harm and empower people to overcome challenges and achieve their full potential!

This new framework will help to provide ongoing opportunities for people with lived experience to be at the centre of the service design process. We are looking for young Co-designers to help drive the design of this this new framework, as well as provide ideas, feedback and evaluate.

Anglicare Victoria want to support the service system at doing better in listening to and allowing experiences to shape change.  We are hoping this project will provide a road map for the young people and the youth sector on how to strengthen the involvement and voice of people who have lived experience in child, youth and family services.

What does it involve 

We are looking for young people interested in designing and giving feedback on this new framework!

Co-designers will take part in two guided sessions, talking about how to create and deliver an ongoing approach that is driven by people with experience of child, youth and family services.

The sessions will be based on the following themes:

  1. Background– Unpacking the aims of the new framework and your experiences with client voice activities in the past.
  2. Ideas – What would the ideal co-design and client voice framework look like and include? What would be the key activities of such a group and how often should they meet? What would such a group be called and what would be appropriate reimbursement?
  3. Drafting and designing – Mapping the co-design framework, considering perspectives of both clients and organisations. Talk through these ideas and any potential challenges together.

When and where is it?

These sessions will be facilitated online with our Co-Designers. 

The dates for these sessions are:

  • Friday 14th May from 3:00pm to 4:30pm
  • Friday 21st May from 3:00pm to 4:30pm

(please note these dates have changed from the original dates, initially posted) 

Please note that there might be some extra prep and tasks between each session, however, these will be minimal and kept to only a few moments of your time.

 We will make sure that all meetings and events are accessible and inclusive. We will also provide support during the meetings and events so that you can take part in a way that works best for you. Contact us on the details at the bottom of this page if you would like to know more.

What will you get out of it

While this is a volunteer role, we will offer a volunteer honorarium payment for attendance and participation of $120.00 for each workshop.  (We will offer you extra payments if we ask you to do extra tasks).

This opportunity is also a great chance to learn more about how strategic decisions are made and change occurs within the social welfare system (and to help improve how those decisions and change actually occur!). YACVic will be happy to offer a certificate of attendance and/or act as a referee on your resume.

About you?

We are looking for a diverse group of co-designers (aged 18 years and above) and believe most young people will have something to offer this project! This will be a great chance to meet and network with other young people passionate about creating change and genuinely embedding client voice within the system.

 While this would be a great opportunity for anyone who has had lived experience with social welfare and family support services, lived experience is not essential. We are looking for a diverse group to help inform this co-design framework. We encourage applications from young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, young people with disability and young people from culturally diverse backgrounds. 

Register Your Interest Now!

 If you think this sounds like a great opportunity for you, register your interest by clicking here to fill out the application form.

You can always ask someone you know to help you fill in the form, or you can get in touch with us for help. 

 Please see the contact us information below: 

  • If you have any questions or need any help 

  • Want to speak to a YACVic staff member and have us fill out the form 

  • If you would rather respond/apply via video or email 

Commitment to Child Safety 

YACVic is a child safe organisation. By taking part in our opportunities, you agree to join us in our commitment to child safety

Accessibility & Inclusion  

At YACVic, we take access and inclusion seriously. We are committed to making every event as accessible and inclusive as possible for all members of our community. If you have a specific access request, would like further information or want to provide any suggestions, we would love to hear from you. 

There is a space on the application form to include your access and/or support requirements, including any language or translation support.

We’d like to ensure the our Co-Designers best represents the diversity of the Victorian community. We encourage women, Indigenous people, people with disability, LGBTIQ+ people and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds to apply. We welcome applications from young people who may have experienced marginalisation and barriers to health and wellbeing.

Our work takes place through the lands of the Aboriginal nations within Victoria and we pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging. Sovereignty was never ceded. 

Contact Us 

For any questions, concerns or support please contact Nuriyah Haque, Participation & Events Officer at nhaque@yacvic.org.au or Sam Champion, Participation & Development Manager on 0438 072 200.