YACWA’s Hiring! Project Officer – Youth Disability Advocacy Network (YDAN)

Employer: Youth Affairs Council of Western Australia
Work Type/s: Contract, Part Time
Classification/s: Advocacy & Campaigns, Disability Services, Youth
Sector/s: Not For Profit (NFP)
Location: Perth

Job posted on: 27 February, 2018.
Applications close: 16 March, 2018.

About YDAN

The Youth Disability Advocacy Network (YDAN) is an advocacy group for young people aged 12 to 25 living with a disability in Western Australia.

The committee solely comprises of young people living with a disability, which aims to provide a voice for all young people with a disability on issues that they believe are important and have an impact on their lives.

YDAN was established in the hope of providing a forgotten, ignored and under-represented demographic of the disability sector of WA the opportunity to be included and consulted in matters such as access to education, employment avenues, healthcare and the difficulties faced by this demographic and how to overcome these barriers to establish greater awareness, acceptance and inclusion of this demographic in the community. YDAN hopes to encourage young people with a disability in Western Australia to feel that their opinions are not only important but wanted and will be listened to when policies are being developed that target their demographic. The committee aims to have representatives from all disability types and various ages of young people to ensure that policy makers and organisations that are involved with young people receive relevant information about how such policies and programs affect them in their daily lives.


The Youth Affairs Council of Western Australia’s (YACWA’s) mission is to be the leading peak body working to ensure that young people and the workforce that support them are valued, informed and have opportunities to influence public policy. We seek to develop a Western Australian community where all young people are empowered and have their human rights maintained. Whilst developing a community that values young people’s skills and knowledge and engages them in decision making.

YACWA’s strategic objectives are that:

  • That young people are driving the agenda and ensuring public policy addresses their needs
  • That the workforce that supports young people is competent and confident delivering evidence-based, quality services to young people
  • That we are independent and self-reliant
  • That YACWA is known for its influence and professionalism in proactively responding to youth issues. Our messaging is congruent with the voice of young people and impacts sector response, government policy and practice for the benefit of all young people
  • That our decision making is open and transparent and supported by our members

About the position

This position is to work with and support YDAN to deliver a number of key outcomes. The project is funded by a grant from the Department of Communities (Disability Services).

The aim of this project is to:

  • Support YDAN to organise and deliver education and inclusion workshops to community organisations (including schools), businesses and other young people (including regional)
  • Support YDAN to organise and deliver experiential youth audits for businesses and community organisations (including regional)
  • Support YDAN members to write and publish online blogs that share the experiences of young people with disability
  • Assist the YDAN to organise and deliver YDAN peer support and advocacy meet up events

Selection criteria

The applicant must have:

  • Demonstrated organisational abilities, including excellent time management, planning skills and ability to work autonomously
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Demonstrated commitment to the inclusion and participation of young people in all aspects of the community
  • Demonstrated ability to work with a wide range of stakeholders, including young people
  • A strong understanding of key issues relating to young people with disabilities
  • A strong understanding of the critical importance of the lived experience of young people with disabilities

Young people living with a disability are strongly encouraged to apply.

A full position description is attached.

How to apply for this job

To apply please forward the following by email to lianda@yacwa.org.au, using the subject line: YDAN Project Officer application via EthicalJobs.

  • A cover letter that specifically addresses the selection criteria (no longer than three pages)
  • A copy of your resume/CV
  • Contact details of at least two referees that could provide comment on your suitability for this role

Applications that do not provide all three components will not be considered.

Applications are due no later than 5pm, Friday 16th March 2018.

Queries about the position should be directed to Lianda Gibson, Project Manager at lianda@yacwa.org.au (preferred) or by phone (08) 9227 5440.

YDAN Job Description

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Hi! My name is Nessa and I’m 20 years old. I’m studying Journalism at Edith Cowan University, with a Public Relations minor. I am an avid reader, writer, traveller and cheerleader. I’m also a passionate advocate for the deafblind community, and for other types of disability. I’ve been on the committee of the Youth Disability Advocacy Network (YDAN) at YACWA for a few months, and through them have developed a desire to become a YEP volunteer, as I want to expand my horizons.

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