Applications for the NAPCAN Youth Advisory Council are now open!


The National Association for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (NAPCAN) is looking for a diverse and passionate group of young people aged 13-25 to represent the voices and opinions of young people across Australia and help to influence projects within NAPCAN.

What is the goal ?

NAPCAN values ​​the voice of young people and is inspired by the opportunities, ideas and solutions young people have to offer. This Youth Advisory Council aims to create positive and lasting change by valuing the opinions of young people. The Council will contribute to current and future projects. This means that the Council assists in the development of key projects through planning, design and purpose. NAPCAN has many student and community programs that are constantly being updated. Content analysis, review and feedback will also be part of the Youth Council. It is important to us at NAPCAN that your opinion is included in these changes. Most importantly, we hope to create a sense of belonging and community within the Youth Advisory Council and spark conversations and ideas.

What are we looking for?

We are looking for :

  • Young people aged 13-25 from diverse backgrounds across Australia
  • Young people who are interested in education about respectful relationships and consent
  • Young people who want to contribute to positive change projects
  • Young people who can commit to a one-year term with NAPCAN (with possibility of extension)
  • Young people willing to be flexible around fortnightly to monthly meetings

Who are we?

NAPCAN is a national organization dedicated to the safety and wellbeing of Australian children and young people. We differ from most organizations working in the field of child abuse and neglect, in that we focus primarily on PREVENTION. NAPCAN runs many programs in communities and schools across Australia that provide education about respectful relationships, consent and child safety.

NAPCAN is full of motivated and passionate employees and works with all levels of government, businesses, community services and organizations, families and individuals for the betterment of children and youth in our shared community. To learn more about NAPCAN, our programs and our achievements, you can visit our website –

Frequency of meetings?

  • The first meeting will be a full day meeting, held in person in early October (DATE TBD). This will perform on Gadigal Land in Sydney, NSW at the Australian Office of Human Rights Commissioners. (Travel expenses covered by NAPCAN)
  • Following the first meeting, online meetings will take place for 2.5 hours per month, with the possibility of increasing to a fortnight depending on the evolution of the projects. The fixed days and times for the online meetings will be decided in advance by the members of the group.
  • As mentioned earlier, it is assumed that you sign a one-year term with the NAPCAN Youth Advisory Council.



  • Participants receive $28.95/hour, with travel costs covered when face-to-face meetings are required.


  • There will be support staff, help resources and referrals available to members should they need them. This support will be extended to all members.
  • A sense of community and friendship with other members and staff involved in the council.

Knowledge and skills

  • By joining this council, members will expand their knowledge and foster discussions and change around respect, healthy relationships, unconscious bias and consent. Members will also develop valuable and lasting leadership, problem-solving and communication skills.

Certificate and connections

  • Members will receive a certificate acknowledging their contribution and involvement with the Youth Advisory Council and may also receive a referral form upon request.
  • Members will gain multiple new relationships with other passionate, like-minded young people and influencers in the field by working alongside NAPCAN.

What is required?

Members of the Youth Advisory Council (YAC) must:

  • Participate in NAPCAN Youth Advisory Council activities and discussions. We want to have enthusiastic and passionate members to get involved!
  • Provide feedback on project and content development to ensure they resonate with young people at large.
  • Commit to at least 1 meeting per month, subject to moving to bi-monthly meetings as projects develop.
  • Have access to a computer and the Internet for online meetings.
  • Have access to Zoom.
  • A desire to create a safer and healthier community for all.
  • Have a respectful attitude towards everyone.

*Previous committee experience is not necessary.

How can I apply?

Nominations for the NAPCAN Youth Advisory Council closes on Friday August 19, 2022 at Please answer the questions through video, song, written form, or however you feel most comfortable.

*Note that there are a limited number of positions available, which are selected in accordance with the criteria and application. If you do not meet these criteria, there may be future opportunities to apply for other Youth Advisory Councils for NAPCAN or you can contact us. Contact: for more information on the application process or to be notified of future opportunities if they arise.

NAPCAN acknowledges that this was written on the land of the Gadigal and Birrabirragal peoples, the traditional custodians of the land. We honor past, present and emerging elders.

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