The opportunity

Are you an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander young person aged 18–28 living in Victoria?

Are you passionate about creating social change for young people?

This is a unique chance for you to work on a social advocacy project of your choice with the full support of both Youth Affairs Council Victoria (YACVic) and Koorie Youth Council (KYC).

This position is paid, part-time, two days per week for 12 weeks ($33 p/hr casual contract). It starts the week of 4 February 2019.

What will I be doing as a Young Thinker in Residence?

You’ll research a topic related to a political or social issue that you really care about.  You will then have the freedom to create your ‘product’: a campaign, a piece of advocacy or some messaging which you think best serves the goals and targets of your ‘thinking’. For example this might be a discussion paper, a research report, a social media or video campaign… or something else entirely!

For more info and to see what was created by our previous Young Thinkers check out the Young Thinker blogs.

You will:

  • work two days per week for 12 weeks (or equivalent, so doing less hours over more days).
  • start the week of 4 February and finish around 29 April.
  • Work a minimum of one day per week from the YACVic/KYC shared office in Melbourne CBD, with some flexibility to work remotely to suit your other commitments.
  • create a project plan to map out your goals and approach.
  • choose a social issue of interest to you and consult with young people, youth services and appropriate others about this topic as required.
  • research and produce a lasting ‘product’ – for example, a discussion paper or video (or other suitable format) on the topic – to be published jointly by YACVic and KYC.
  • present your thinking at a launch event for the sector and other stakeholders such as policy makers, services, youth workers and YACVic members.
  • be encouraged to input to YACVic’s and KYC’s social media and blog articles tracking your progress.

Topic guidelines

We encourage you to think creatively and propose thinking about a political or social issue that you really care about. Your proposal may be very specifically related to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people or it may be more targeted towards young people generally. For example you might be looking to answer a question like ‘What are the challenges faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people in the treaty process?’ or it might be more general like ‘What is the impact of climate change/gaining first meaningful employment/accessing education on young people?’

What will I get from this?

YACVic will tailor our support to your experience and the topic you choose. We will help you to:

  • develop skills in research, advocacy, policy analysis, written and verbal communications.
  • enhance your professional knowledge and employability by building professional networks and experiencing leadership and development opportunities.
  • undertake reflective and critical thinking.
  • connect with a suitable external mentor and YACVic’s previous Young Thinkers to support your project.
  • create a product from your ‘thinking’ to share with others and affect change.
  • work directly with KYC and make use of their expertise, networks and to access cultural support

And don’t just take our word for it; check out our catch ups with previous Young Thinkers Brittany and Annika to hear what they got from the role.

Am I right for this role?

To apply for this role you must be:

  • an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander young person aged 18–28 living in Victoria.
  • able to work both with supervision, support and guidance in a team and be self-motivated to work independently
  • willing to present at an event to launch the result of your thinking. We’ll support you to do this and we’re flexible about what this might look like for you.
  • available to work two days (or equivalent) per week for 12 weeks starting the week of 4 February.

To shortlist applicants for interview we’ll first be thinking about whether you meet the criteria above and your project proposal is in line with the topic guidelines.

From there we’ll be looking for proposals that are driven by lived experience and passion and that we think will have the potential to make impact and direct change. We would especially welcome applications from young people who have personal experience of the challenges related to the topic they wish to focus on.

Apply now

When you’re ready to submit your application please email your responses to [email protected] or simply complete this online application by the closing deadline of 12pm Monday 7 January 2019.

You won’t be able to save and return to your online application and so we encourage you to prepare your answers to the questions before completing the application.

Click here to view/download the application questions. 

If you’re not sure if this role is for you or you have any questions please contact Sam Champion (YACVic) on 0438 072 200 or Banok Rind (KYC) on 0439 927 405.    

If you would rather apply via video or audio recording please respond to the application questions and send the file/link to Sam at [email protected] with ‘Young Thinker in Residence’ in the subject.

Be sure to check out our FAQs

Interviews will be held on Thursday 10 January 2019 either at our office in Melbourne’s CBD or via Skype. To apply for this role you will need to be available for an interview on this day.

We will contact all applicants to notify them of the outcome of their application.

Please note that the office will close for the year on Friday 21 December 2018 at 5pm and open again on Wednesday 2 January 2019 at 9am.


YACVic and KYC are committed to working in partnership to support you on your journey and to make sure your work continues to have impact beyond the term of this 12 week project.

You will have support from YACVic’s Policy Manager who oversees all policy work at YACVic and from the Participation and Development Coordinator who supports youth engagement within YACVic. You will also have access to the CEO and other resources of YACVic, including partners and our extended networks.  

As the sponsor organisation, KYC will guide and advise you on the work you are doing and you’ll be supported by the Deputy Executive Officer to make connections and make use of KYC’s specialist knowledge, experience and contacts.


Be sure to check out our FAQs here.


We celebrate diversity across our organisation. In particular, we promote the equal participation and cultural, emotional and physical safety of children and young people who are often marginalised. This includes children and young people who are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, from refugee or migrant backgrounds, who are same-sex attracted or gender diverse, and/or have a disability.

Our office is near public transport, has step-free access and has an all-access bathroom.

Please let us know in your application if there is anything you will need from us to support your involvement in interview and/or the position itself, e.g. interpreter, large print, Braille, longer prep/reading time etc.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss the opportunity further or whether it might be a good fit for you please contact Sam Champion (YACVic) on 0438 072 200 or Banok Rind (KYC) on 0439 927 405.

Employment conditions

YACVic promotes the safety, wellbeing and inclusion of all children and young people, including those with a disability, those who are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander or those from refugee or migrant backgrounds. We take child protection very seriously. All employees are subject to screening and assessment against the Child Safe Standards, including rigorous background, identity and reference checks. The successful applicant will require a current Working with Children Check and Police Check (we’ll help you to apply and pay for these) and must agree to adhere to our Child Safe Policy and Code of Conduct. You must legally be entitled to work in Australia and have a valid TFN (tax file number). 

Child Safe Standards

In Victoria, the Child Safe Standards aim to protect children and young people from abuse in organisations, including physical violence, sexual offences, serious emotional or psychological abuse and/or neglect.

All staff and volunteers employed by YACVic are responsible for the care and protection of children and young people who participate in our organisation and for reporting information about abuse. All YACVic staff and volunteers over the age of 18 are required to have a valid Working with Children Check and Police Check. This doesn't mean you shouldn't apply for the job if you've ever been in contact with the law. We just use these checks to make sure that children under 18 aren't in danger in our organisation. If you have questions about how this works, give us a call.

About Youth Affairs Council Victoria

YACVic is the peak body and leading policy advocate on young people’s issues in Victoria. YACVic’s vision is that young Victorians have their rights upheld and are valued as active participants in their communities. YACVic is an independent, not-for-profit, member-driven organisation that represents young people (aged 12–25 years) and the sector that works with them.

About Koorie Youth Council

Koorie Youth Council (KYC) is the representative body for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people in Victoria. Led by an Executive of 15 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people and our state-wide members, KYC values the diversity and strength of young people as decision-makers. KYC advocates to government and community to advance the rights and representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people. By hosting events like the annual Koorie Youth Summit, KYC brings Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people together to amplify their voices for social change.

YACVic respectfully acknowledges the traditional custodians of the Aboriginal nations within Victoria where our work takes place. We pay our respects to Elders both past and present and acknowledge the children and young people of past, current and future generations.