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Organisation : Australian Youth Affairs Coalition (AYAC)

Location : Adelaide, Australia, Brisbane, Canberra, Darwin, Hobart, Melbourne, Sydney

Work type : Part-time, Contract/Temporary

Sector : Community Development, Youth & Young People

Salary type : Annual Package

Salary : $97,815.00 p.a. pro-rated, classified under the SCHADS Award at 7.1 Employment Level, with generous T&C.

Application closing date : 26 Feb, 2021

About the role

The core purpose of the Policy and Advocacy Manager role is to lead the work of the National Youth Policy Project.

A key responsibility will be to develop policy recommendations and papers in priority areas, and responses to Federal Government policy positions, that articulate the needs and views of young people, on behalf of the Australian youth sector and young people.

The Policy and Advocacy Manager, with support from the Project Officer, will develop and engage with the Youth Stakeholder Pool (YSP) and convene and engage with the new National Youth Advocacy Networks (NYAN).

The Policy and Advocacy Manager, with support from the Project Officer and the YSP, will design and deliver consultations and surveys with diverse young people and sector experts to identify, analyse and collate input to inform the development of policy positions and responses.  

The Policy and Advocacy Manager will also represent AYAC, and support young people to participate, in high-level policy related meetings, to share key information and policy recommendations to key government ministers and officials, and other stakeholders.


We are looking for someone who is flexible, motivated and willing to play an active part in a collaborative and close-knit team. 


  • a flexible, disability friendly, family friendly and fun work culture
  • a high degree of autonomy and collegial support
  • sector-leading professional development


This position will be auspiced by (and therefore employed by) YACVic, and YACVic’s Enterprise Agreement, policies and procedures will apply.

YACVic is an Equal Opportunity Employer. People with disability, people from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply for this position.

YACVic promotes the safety, wellbeing and inclusion of all children and young people, and takes 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 YACVic’s child safe policy and code of conduct.

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

About the organisation

Organisation Name : Australian Youth Affairs Coalition (AYAC)

AYAC is the national peak body for young people, and the individuals and organisations that support them.  AYAC acts in a leadership capacity for the Australian youth sector and offers policy advice to the Federal Government and other organisations on issues that impact young people and the youth sector.

AYAC has a long history of promoting strong and meaningful youth participation in government decision-making processes.  With a national mandate, strong relationships across and beyond the youth sector, and no stake in direct service delivery or to any one cohort of young people, AYAC is uniquely positioned as an impartial and neutral convenor of the sector.

AYAC has experience in consulting with young people from all backgrounds, experiences, from every State and Territory and from urban, regional, rural and remote communities.

AYAC’s membership includes young people, academics and youth policy experts, youth-led organisations, national and state/territory youth peak organisations, specialist national and state youth service and advocacy organisations, generalist welfare organisations operating at national, state and local levels with dedicated services for young people, and other youth focused entities.

The volunteer AYAC Board includes constitutionally required representatives of young people, national youth organisations, youth-led organisations, state/territory youth peak organisations and independent members. Board members include managers with many years’ experience in executive leadership roles in community and public organisations at a state, national and international level.


The National Youth Policy Project, recently funded by the Australian Government, will enable consultation and information sharing between young people, the youth sector, and the Australian Government; provide informed and impartial advice to the Australian Government on issues affecting young people and their futures; and provide opportunities for young people to input into government decision-making on those issues.

How to apply

Applications not allowed for this job listing.


Please quote in application: Policy and Advocacy Manager via Pro Bono Australia.



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