Melbourne / Under 25? Help shape the future of Melbourne’s North at the Northern Youth Forum

Share your experience and knowledge of being a young person and/or working with and supporting young people in the Northern region.

The Northern Metropolitan Partnership is an advisory group established by the Victorian Government. This year the Northern Partnership is focusing on hearing from young people and building a regional voice for young people in the North to elevate their priorities to government decision maker.

Why should I attend?

We know that when young people don’t feel understood by their peers or connected to their communities there are impacts on their participation in school, work and social events and poor health outcomes for individuals and our communities.

  • Individual stories can be a catalyst for change – what’s your story?
    How can we help more young people to succeed?
  • Have you got an idea about how we could do things differently?
  • What actions can we take now or in the future to solve some of the challenges facing young people?
  • What are the ways we could make the North an even better place to live, work and study in for young people?

Forum details

When: 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., Saturday 12 October, 2019.

Where: Northcote Town Hall Arts Centre, 189 High Street Northcote.

Find out more and register here for the Northern Youth Forum. You can also participate online.

Want to be a facilitator?

Youth Facilitators – Expressions of Interest

The Office for Suburban Development with the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions is looking for experienced facilitators under 30 years of age to assist in delivering engagement and consultation activities at a youth focused event in Northcote on Saturday 12 October 2019.

The Role

We are looking for experienced facilitators under the age of 30 years to assist in delivering consultation at an event for young people.

The Northern Youth Forum is an engagement activity of the Northern Metropolitan Partnership. The Metropolitan Partnership program is a key program of work for the Office for Suburban Development. The event will bring together diverse young people from across the Northern suburbs to share their experiences and ideas about what could be done differently to better connect more young people across the region with each other and their communities.

An objective of the event is to build a regional a voice for young people in the Northern suburbs by elevating the local ideas and issues that are important to young people. The members of the Northern Partnership want to hear directly from young people and use the insights and ideas to inform their advice to government.

The role will involve facilitating small group discussions with a group of young people of up to 10 people and supporting the lead facilitators and event team where necessary. The following facilitators skills may be required:

  • Ice breaker activity
  • Encouraging conversation with and between diverse young people
  • Respectful conversations/crowd control
  • Prioritisation of ideas activity
  • Moving a conversation to an outcome
  • Time keeping  

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for up to ten facilitators who are both experience and passionate about engaging with young people. We are also interested in people who are studying or working in public policy, youth work, urban planning or community development.

We will be looking for facilitators who represent the diversity of the Melbourne’s Northern suburban communities.

The Victorian Government is committed to equality for all Victorians. We strongly encourage

 women, people with a disability, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and people from the LGBTIQ community to apply.

Aboriginal Victorians are also strongly encouraged to apply. This reflects the Victorian Government’s commitment to supporting Aboriginal self-determination, by ensuring that Aboriginal people are represented in the decision-making bodies that affect their lives.


The main responsibilities of the role are:

  • To attend a briefing session up to two hours
  • To read background materials provided
  • To facilitate break out group discussions and activities at the Northern Youth Forum


  • Experience in facilitation
  • Demonstrated skill in delivering facilitation
  • Available from 9am-4pm on Saturday 12 October 2019
  • Current Victorian Working with Children Check


  • Understanding of the types of challenges experienced by young people
  • Strong knowledge of the Northern suburbs


This role is 10 hours work at $30 an hour. Applicants must have an ABN in order to invoice the Office for Suburban Development. The Office for Suburban Development will reimburse via direct debit within 30 days of receiving a satisfactory invoice.  

How to apply for this job?

We will review applications as they are received and invite shortlisted candidates for a short interview.

Applications must include:

  • A detailed cover letter explaining your interest and fit and your understanding of the role (no more than 2 pages)
  • A current resume or curriculum vitae

Applications due by close of business (5:00pm) on Monday 30 September 2019.

Please email applications to: