Exciting opportunity for young people to be heard on issues of homelessness

We are looking for five passionate young people with lived experience of homelessness to take a paid leadership role in designing and delivering the forum.

The Youth Affairs Council of Western Australia (YACWA) is working collaboratively with the WA Alliance to End Homelessness to create a Youth Advisory Council that will inform the creation of a Youth Homelessness Action Plan.

Your role

Your role will be to work as a team, with the Project Coordinator to shape the creation of a Youth Homelessness Action Plan. We need your help to find practical solutions to youth homelessness.

The role will involve approximately 30 hours of work from late February to early June.

There are three main components to the role:

  1. Attending and contributing to planning meetings
  2. Participating in training and team building sessions
  3. Running a youth-led homelessness project decided upon by the group


To be eligible, you must:

  • Be aged 12 to 25
  • Have lived experience of homelessness, couch-surfing, being kicked out of home,etc.
  • Be interested in sharing your voice on issues related to homelessness
  • Be available to attend regular meetings

Meetings and training

You need to be able to attend the first meeting on 4.30pm, 11th February 2019. Following meetings will be set at times agreed by the team.

All planning meetings and training will be held at Foyer Oxford in Leederville. This venue is wheelchair accessible and has gender-neutral bathrooms.

Food will be provided and travel support can be provided as required. Meetings may be able to be attended remotely via teleconference in extenuating circumstances.


This is a paid role. You will be employed by YACWA on a casual basis to work up to 20 hours at a SCHADS level 1.1 – $25.73 per hour.

Expression of interest

If you would like to be considered for this role, please send a short expression of interest to Kai Schweizer on kai@yacwa.org.au by 12pm, Monday 21st January 2019, outlining:

  • Why you’re interested in the role
  • What skills you can offer to the team
  • What you expect to achieve from your involvement
  • How you meet the eligibility criteria

YACWA is keen for a diversity of voices, and to include young people who are representative of a range of groups. If you identify as Aboriginal, LGBTIQA+, culturally or linguistically diverse or living with a disability, then we really want to hear from you! Please indicate if you are part of any of these demographics when you respond. Interpreters can be made available on request.

For more information call Kai on 9227 5440.