The opportunity

Are you aged 18–25? Are you keen to strengthen relationships between young and older generations in Victoria?

This is a unique chance for you to work on a social advocacy project with full support of both Youth Affairs Council Victoria (YACVic) and the Victorian Government’s Office for Youth.

This position is paid, part-time, three days per week for 8 weeks ($33 p/hr casual contract). It starts the week of 10 September 2018.

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

You’ll research a topic related to building better and stronger relationships between young people and older generations. You will then have the freedom to create a campaign, messaging or product 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 Young Thinkers last year check out the Young Thinkers 2017 round-up.

You will:

  • work three days per week for 8 weeks (or equivalent, so doing fewer hours over more days) working from YACVic, Office for Youth and/or remotely to suit your other commitments.
  • start the week of 10 September and finish by 5 November.
  • Choose a social issue of interest to you related to building better and stronger intergenerational relationships and consult with young people and key stakeholders about this topic if required.
  • research and write a discussion paper or produce a video (or other suitable format) on the topic, to be published  by YACVic.
  • present your thinking at a launch event for the sector and other stakeholders such as policy makers, services, youth workers and YACVic members.
  • contribute to YACVic’s social media and blog articles tracking your progress.

Topic guidelines

We would like to see a piece of work that identifies how young people and older people could build stronger relationships, understanding and respect, and work together to get better results for the communities we all live in.

Your project could look at one or a number of settings such as young people and their families, young people and the wider community, young people and older people in the workplace, issues affecting intergenerational relationships and ways that intergenerational relationships can be strengthened. This could cross over with topics such as mental health, LGBTIQ+ issues, language and culture to name a few.

What will I get from this?

YACVic will tailor our support to your experience and the topic. 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 2017 Young Thinkers to support your project
  • create a product from your ‘thinking’ to share with others.

And don’t just take our word for it; check out our catch up with Brittany, Young Thinker 2017 to hear what she got from the role.

Is this role right for me?

To apply for this role you must be:

  • a young Victorian aged 18-25
  • willing 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 three days (or equivalent) per week for 8 weeks starting the week of 10 September.

To be shortlisted we’ll consider whether you meet the criteria above and your project proposal is in line with the topic guidelines. We will interview shortlisted applicants. Resumes will not be reviewed in the shortlisting process.

From there we’ll be looking for proposals that are driven by lived experience and passion. We’re also looking for proposals that have 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. 


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 27 August.

You won’t be able to save and return to your online application (although you can edit it after you’ve submitted) and so we encourage you to prepare your answers to the questions before completing the application.

Click here to view/download the application questions.

Interviews will be held on Wednesday 5 September either at the Office for Youth in Melbourne's CBD. 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.


YACVic and the Office for Youth 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 8 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 Office for Youth is providing funding support for the project, and a Senior Policy Advisor from Office for Youth will support you by providing relevant information and contacts.

If you’re not sure if this role is for you or you would rather speak to a YACVic staff member and have them fill out the form, or if you need any help completing the form, please contact Jessie Mitchell on 0418 413 518 or [email protected]. Jessie can also help you if you'd like to apply via video.


Be sure to check out our FAQs.


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, 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 call Jessie on 0418 413 518 or email  at [email protected].

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 trouble 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.

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 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 (costs reimbursed) 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). 

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 Office for Youth

The Office for Youth works collaboratively across government and with the youth and community sectors to address priority issues for young people in Victoria. As well as providing policy and program advice on these issues, implements the Victorian Government’s Youth Policy: Building Stronger Youth Engagement in Victoria, and administers a number of programs and service agreements with organisations delivering programs which support and empower young people.

In line with the Victorian Government’s Youth Policy, the Office for Youth establishes mechanisms that support young people’s engagement in policy, program and service design and improvement.