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General Board Director - Art for Wellbeing (Voluntary)

Colour Them Safe


Colour Them Safe is a health promoting organisation. We use art to improve the wellbeing of young people with mental health challenges.

Alarmingly in Australia, over one-third of deaths in 15-24 year olds are due to suicide (ABS, 2020). A key insight from a review of our local mental health sector found that ‘there are few options between primary and crisis care due to long wait times, high cost and low availability of community and group-based care (NWMPHN, Blueprint for Better Health, 2020).

We are working to change this. With the help of local volunteers, partner organisations and young people with lived experience, we have been developing and delivering art experiences to improve social and emotional wellbeing.

Our current offering includes: regular in-person studios; online programs; individual art kits and community training.

We believe partnerships enable us to deepen and multiply our impact. We work with established and emerging organisations who are committed to improving the lives of young people.


As a board member for Colour Them Safe, you will have a unique opportunity to contribute to the lives of young people.

The role will advise on operations, identify strategic priorities, monitor performance, help mitigate risk, and prepare policies and procedures. It is voluntary and has an expected total commitment of 4-8 hrs per month. Successful applicants will be expected to attend at least four of the proposed six board meetings per calendar year (approximately two hours in duration every two months, meetings are held alternating virtually and in-person).

We encourage you to apply if: you have experience on management committees or boards; are passionate about contributing to the lives of young people; and you have an interest in wellbeing. We are looking for applicants with the following skill sets (however we welcome all applicants and backgrounds): Legal Knowledge; Grants/Fundraising; Partnerships; Creative Therapies; and Marketing/PR.

We are an equal opportunity employer. We believe in equality irrespective of abilities, social-economic status, cultural background, religion or spiritual beliefs, sexual orientation or gender identity. We appreciate and welcome diversity in all of its forms. It makes our organisation stronger and more effective as it is reflective of the diverse young people we seek to support.


Key responsibilities for the role:

  • Identify strategic priorities (and monitor performance)
  • Annual review of organisations policies and procedures (in accordance with government standards)
  • Advise on fundraising activities and income generation
  • Advise on the budget (approve allocations)
  • Identifying potential risks and corrective action
  • Monitor risks, timelines and quality assurance
  • Oversee roles and responsibilities of coordinators
  • Participate in subcommittee meetings as required
  • Additional responsibilities as requested by the board and Operations Coordinator when required.

Whole of organisation responsibilities:

  • To uphold Colour Them Safe’s charitable purpose, vision, and organisational values.
  • To comply with OH&S requirements, and maintain safe working practices to protect your own and other’s health and safety.
  • To abide by all the relevant Laws and Funding obligations relating to Colour Them Safe including: Privacy; Accreditation/Quality Improvement frameworks; Equal Opportunities, Discrimination, Bullying and Harassment; Code of Conduct.
  • Take active responsibility in liaison with the program directors for attaining, maintaining or developing own learning, understanding and skills required for this position, including complying with any requirement to attend training courses that are provided.
  • Liaise with the program directors to review and update this position description in line with changing program requirements, Business Plan, processes and organisational structure during each Performance Appraisal.


  • Our Board endeavours to uphold the elements of our Board Charter - our Purpose, how we communicate with each other and our expectations of each other.
  • We strive to uphold the values of Colour Them Safe in all of our interactions and decisions - Kindness, Creativity and Connection.
  • We respect each other’s differences and needs, and ensure a culture of safety and wellbeing at all times.


To be eligible for this role, applicants must:

  • be over 18 years of age;
  • have a current Working with Children Check (or willing to get one)
  • not be insolvent or under administration; and
  • not be disqualified under constitution due to a breach of duties.

Next steps

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Contact Kim Spillman (Chairperson) [email protected] using the subject line: General Board Director - Art for Wellbeing (Voluntary) enquiry via EthicalJobs

Keen to help, but not sure if governance is your thing? We are also looking for hands-on program support.
Consider joining our crew, visit to download an application form.

We acknowledge the traditional owners of the lands on which we work. We pay our respects to their elders past, present and emerging.

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