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Young Peer Worker - Disaster & Resilience Program - Eastern Victoria

Youth Affairs Council Victoria


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 the rights of young people in Victoria are respected, and they are active, visible and valued in their communities. YACVic is an independent, for-purpose, member-driven organisation that represents young people (aged 12–25 years) and the sector that works with them.

Young people and youth professionals in rural and regional Victoria often have unique insights and face different challenges to those in metropolitan Melbourne. In response, YACVic Rural expands our state-wide advocacy for young people in regional communities and the rural youth sector.


YACVic’s ‘Future Proof: Young People, Disaster Recovery and (Re)building Communities’ project (Future Proof) is funded by the Australian Government Black Summer Bushfire Recovery Grants Program, which provides funding for projects centred on community recovery and resilience activities in response to the 2019-20 bushfires. YACVic is the lead coordinating partner for Future Proof, bringing together a Coalition of fifteen organisations from fire-affected communities in Eastern Victoria.


The Young Peer Worker will assist in the delivery of the youth-led bushfire recovery activities delivered across eight local Government Areas (LGAs) throughout Eastern and North Eastern Victoria.

You will work closely with 13 other Young Peer Workers employed by our Coalition Partners, and assist in creating and leading youth participation and engagement activities for young people in bushfire-affected areas. You will directly assist in coordination of a Community of Practice which brings the Partners’ project staff together for training, project development and support.

You will be supported to obtain or upgrade a qualification in Youth Work, Community Work or Peer Work as part of this role.


  • You will understand the issues important to rural and regional communities, particularly as they relate to young people, in fire and disaster affected areas.
  • Experience in design and delivery / facilitation of activities for young people. This could include things like coaching a sports team or running school leadership workshops.
  • The ability to develop positive, collaborative working relationships with young people, and other people such colleagues, teachers or community leaders.
  • Great organisation and administration skills, with the ability to prioritise tasks.


  • Generous terms and benefits
  • Flexible, disability friendly, family friendly, rainbow friendly
  • Fun work culture, with a social purpose, in a fully accessible Melbourne CBD office
  • Diversity, working with a dynamic group of youth organisations that includes YACVic Rural, Youth Disability Advocacy Service and Koorie Youth Council
  • High degree of collegial support & sector-leading professional development

If you have any questions about the role, please contact Carla Disaster Resilience Youth Coordinator, at chall@yacvic.org.au using the subject line: Young Peer Worker - Disaster & Resilience Program - Eastern Victoria enquiry via EthicalJobs or on 0459 158 647.

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