The Opportunity

We’re looking for young people aged 12-25 who are passionate about and/or have been affected by natural disasters in their community, such as (but not limited to) the Black Summer Bushfires in 2019 and 2020, to join the Future Proof Coalition Steering Committee.

As part of the committee, you will oversee the work of YACVic’s Future Proof: Young People, Disaster Recovery and (Re)building Communities project. The Committee will consist of 10-12 young people providing their perspective and expertise in decision-making related to Future Proof. You will meet bi-monthly over Zoom for the next 18 months, where you will provide insights and knowledge on natural disasters and being a young person. 

This 2-year project aims to drive recovery outcomes for young people and their fire-affected communities throughout Eastern and North-Eastern Victoria. YACVic will coordinate this project, bringing together eight local councils, two Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations (ACCOs), three Local Learning and Employment Networks (LLENs) and Victoria University.  

Applications close on 11.59pm Wednesday 24 August, with the first meeting for the Committee expected to take place on 7 September.

What will you get out of this opportunity?

You will get paid for your time ($75 for each meeting you attend) and this opportunity can be used on your resume.

You will have the opportunity to elevate your experience as a young person connected to a rural or regional community and related to natural disaster recovery. You will also learn about how a massive project like Future Proof works in practice, the challenges that might be faced by the project and develop solutions and expertise through shaping how this project turns out.

YACVic also runs trainings and capacity-building workshops for young people, so you’ll have plenty of opportunities to gain skills in other areas that you’re interested in. 

About you

To be eligible to be part of the steering committee, you will need to be: 

  • Aged 12-25 inclusive  
  • Have lived or are currently living, working, or studying in rural or regional Victoria. 
  • Passionate about your community and natural disaster recovery  
  • Respectful, committed, and happy to work well with others from a wide range of backgrounds and identities. 
  • Available to participate in bi-monthly meetings, which go for two hours online 
  • Willing to provide/obtain a Working with Children Check (if you are over 18 and we will reimburse costs for these) 

We are particularly keen to hear from young people in rural and regional communities who aren’t always heard and particularly support interest from young parents, disabled young people, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people, LGBTQIA+ young people, and young people from migrant and refugee communities.

Contact us if you have any questions about child or cultural safety, accessibility or to ask if this opportunity is right for you. Keep scrolling down for our contact details. 

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To apply for this opportunity, complete this online form on SurveyMonkey.

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If you’d rather chat with us than complete the form, or need assistance, please contact YACVic Rural Youth Projects Co-ordinator, Carla Hall chall@yacvic.org.au and we will assist you.

Applications are open now until 11.59pm Wednesday 24 August.

Successful applicants will be notified shortly after.

Accessibility and 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. 

You can email or call us with your access and/or support requirements.

Our work takes place through the lands of the Aboriginal nations within Victoria and we pay our respects to their Elders past and present. We acknowledge that Sovereignty was never ceded. Always was, always will be, Aboriginal land.

Contact Us

For any questions, concerns or support please contact YACVic Rural Youth Projects Co-ordinator, Carla Hall chall@yacvic.org.au.

Privacy & confidentiality

Your information will be used to help us select a diverse and representative group. Your information will be stored in a password protected location that will only be accessible to those staff working on this project. 

Commitment to Child Safety

YACVic is a child safe organisation. By attending these events, you agree to join us in our commitment to child safety