The Opportunity 


We believe young people are experts in their own lives and their own mental health.

YACVic has begun a new project to hear directly from young people and community members in rural and regional areas about the response and recovery from the devastating bushfires across Eastern Victoria, about their experiences and ideas for a better future.

This project will develop new resources to support young people and local communities, consult with young people and community about the fires and what is needed in the recovery response, and deliver local workshops and training opportunities with young facilitators in partnership with local communities.

Including young people's voices, perspectives and ideas needs to be at the centre of this work.

That's why we’re looking for young people across eastern Victoria, aged 12–25 to join our working group that will lead the project and make the important decisions about what we do next!

If you are interested, apply here!

About You

We’re looking for young people who are passionate about their local communities. To be a part of the working group you must be:  

  • Aged 12–25 
  • Currently living in rural and regional part of eastern Victoria which was impacted by the 2020 fires. You don’t have to have been flame affected to participate.
  • Interested in developing and supporting opportunities for young people to be included in the recovery, and rebuilding process.  

What does it involve? 

Members of the working group will participate in six online meetings between October 2020 and May 2021. Meetings will last approximately two hours each. Participants should also expect to spend approximately one hour reading materials and preparing for each meeting beforehand.

There will also be extra opportunities for members of the working group to facilitate and lead the state and local events.  Training and support to do this will be supplied.

We will make sure that all meetings and events are accessible and inclusive. We’ll also provide support during the meetings and events so that you can participate in a way that works best for you.  


This is a volunteer opportunity, where you'll be given a honorarium payment of $35.00 per hour for your time preparing and attending meetings.

There is also the possibility for will also be reimbursed work for your time if you participate and facilitate events in the future. 


Please feel free to contact Derm at or call on 0408 674 738 with any questions you have about this opportunity. You can also get in contact if you would like to discuss any accessibility requirement. 


If you are interested, please submit an application to be considered for the working group. You can apply through a few ways: 

  •  Completing the online application form.
  • Emailing your responses to the application questions to Derm at with ‘Bushfire Recovery Working Group’ in the subject line 
  • Sending an audio or video recording of your response to Derm at with ‘Bushfire Recovery Working Group’ in the subject line 

 Applications close on Wednesday 30 September at 11.59PM. 

 All applicants will be contacted and notified of the outcome by Wednesday 7 October.  

 If you need help to apply or would like to apply in a different format you can contact Derm at or call on 0408674738

Application Questions

About You 

  • What is your name? 
  • What are your pronouns? 
  • What is your date of birth? 

Do you identify as?

  • Aboriginal 
  • Torres-Strait Islander 
  • Culturally or Linguistically Diverse (CALD) 
  • Living with a disability/ accessibility needs 
  • Deaf/Hard of hearing 
  • LGBTIQA+    
  • International student    
  • Low socio-economic status 
  • Prefer not to say 
  • Other 

Which rural or regional area are you connected to? What is your current postcode? 

If you are under 16 years old has your parent or guardian agreed to you joining the working group?  

If you are over 18 are you willing to obtain a Working With Children Check.

Were you asked to apply for the working group by an organisation? What is the name of that organisation? 

In a few words, tell us about yourself and how you are connected to your local community. 

Why are you interested in this opportunity?

How are you connected to young people in your local area? 

Are you interested in leading and facilitating small events? If so, have you had any relevant experience or training so far? 

Will you be available to attend six online meetings from October to May 2021?

Do you have any support or access needs you would like us to know about (eg Auslan interpreter, large-print documents, additional preparation time)? 

Do you need any tech support or assistance to attend an online meeting?

Do you have any questions?