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In & Out Project Coordinator

Youth Disability Advocacy Service

About Youth Disability Advocacy Service (YDAS)

YDAS is a core YACVic agency, funded by the Victorian Government. At YDAS, we place the human rights and interests of disabled young people* at the centre of our work. YDAS undertakes individual and policy advocacy, working with disabled young people to ensure that their human rights are upheld so they can access services and participate as valued and respected members of their communities.

*YDAS uses identity first language (disabled young people), as per the advice of the YDAS Steering Committee, which is comprised of disabled young people. However, we recognise that language and identity are personal choices, and that some people may prefer to use other terms including person first language (young people with disability).

About the Youth Affairs Council Victoria (YACVic)

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.

YACVic provides additional targeted advocacy and services through our key services, YACVic Rural and the Youth Disability Advocacy Service.

About the Role

As the In and Out Project Coordinator, you will lead a significant project that has the aim of improving the intake and discharge processes of mental health services in rural and regional Victoria. This role requires meticulous project planning, strong relationship building skills, and a history of successful co-design projects.

The position involves recruiting and directing a team of 8 disabled young co-designers from rural and regional Victoria who have lived experience of mental health services. The In and Out Project Coordinator will create a series of workshops that support these co-designers to share their lived experience of mental health intake and discharge processes and their ideas for improving these processes. The ultimate goal is to develop two innovative concepts that enhance the accessibility, inclusivity, and safety of mental health services in these areas, and then test them out with relevant organisations.

The In and Out Project Coordinator will work independently, following a project plan and budget, running the project from start to finish. They will draw on their past experience in managing projects and people, and have specialist expertise in co-design, human centred design, design thinking or similar user-led techniques. They will also benefit from having prior experience with developing relationships in highly regulated sectors. In their work they will be supported by the Programs Manager, who will provide templates, processes, and a sounding board; and by YACVic Rural, including two Rural Development Coordinators who are deeply embedded in the Great South Coast and the Southern Mallee, and who can provide access to those communities and organisations. The Project Coordinator will also be involved in grant-mandated Communities of Practice, evaluation and reporting activities.

Benefits of working at YACVic

  • 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 and Youth Disability Advocacy Service
  • High degree of collegial support & sector-leading professional development


YACVic promotes the safety, wellbeing and inclusion of all children and young people, including but not limited to, those with a disability, those who are Aboriginal and 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 child safety 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.

To be eligible to apply for this position you must be an Australian or New Zealand citizen, permanent resident or hold a valid work permit or visa.

Youth Disability Advocacy Service is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages disabled people to apply. We are committed to promoting diversity and inclusion in our workplace.

Disability can include those identify as:

  • Having a health condition or chronic illness,
  • Neurodivergent,
  • Deaf, deaf or hard of hearing,
  • Having a mental illness or lived experience of mental health issues,
  • Blind or have low vision.

If you have any questions about the role, please contact Simon Green (he/him) by calling / texting on 0447 678 653 or [email protected] using the subject line: In & Out Project Coordinator enquiry via EthicalJobs.

Interviews are likely to be the week commencing 03 June 2024.

Please refer to the full Position Description attached.

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