Apply to be a member of our headspace Youth National Reference Group

Applications are NOW OPEN!

The headspace Youth National Reference Group (hY NRG) is a paid opportunity for 20 diverse young people aged 16-25 from across Australia to shape headspace National services, campaigns and projects. We’re looking for young people who:

  • are passionate about youth mental health and
  • have been involved with a headspace service or centre

 

If this sounds like you - then we’d love you to apply to join our headspace Youth National Reference Group! We encourage any young person to apply! We are looking for passion for youth mental health over anything else.

We are keen to hear from young people from all backgrounds and life experiences, including young people who:

  • Identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
  • Are from multicultural backgrounds
  • Identify as LGBTIQA+
  • Are living with a disability or chronic illness
  • Have lived experience of homelessness

 

Read the full position description here

Apply for hY NRG

YOU are the expert in your own experience. No matter your background or identity, you are worthy of this opportunity. So a reminder for you to back yourself and apply for the opportunity!

Key dates:

  • Applications open: 25 October 2022 
  • Applications close: Wednesday 7 December 5:00PM AEST (2:00PM if you're in WA, 3:30PM if you're in NT/SA, 4:00PM if you're in QLD)
  • Shortlisting and booking interviews: December 2022
  • Interviews and reference checks: February and March 2023
  • hY NRG 2023/24 begins: May 2023

 

the hYNRG team

 

Applying for hY NRG

What is hY NRG:

  • Paid casual role for 20 diverse young people aged 16-25 from across Australia
  • Young people who have been involved with a headspace centre or service
  • 18 month term starting May 2023
  • Regular online and in person meetings, workshops and training

 

You’ll get to:

  • Share your expertise and lived experience to inform the work that headspace does
  • Participate and be involved in shaping headspace campaigns, projects and programs on youth mental health
  • Develop skills in public speaking, media, project management and facilitation
  • Connect with like minded young people across the country

 

You can read more about the current hY NRG members here.

There are many opportunities for hY NRG members to get involved with! You don't need to have previous experience, and headspace will provide training and support for you to take part.

A few of the different opportunities you could be part of on hY NRG include: 

  • collaborating in working groups on national campaigns like headspace Day
  • contributing to headspace programs like Work and Study or Schools and Communities
  • doing local or national media interviews
  • giving feedback on website and social media improvements
  • collaborating on content series for mental health literacy
  • speaking at state or national conferences on youth mental health
  • contributing to mental health fact sheets or articles for the headspace website
  • plus heaps more!

 

The great thing about the hY NRG role is it's flexible! You can structure it around your schedule – whether you’re at school or working part time. It’s super easy to balance with your other commitments and doesn’t have to be overwhelming.

There are so many benefits to being on hY NRG!

 

  • Get paid to contribute your expertise and lived experience on youth mental health
  • Contribute to shaping headspace services, programs and campaigns
  • Opportunity to travel within Australia to participate in training, workshops or campaigns
  • Training in public speaking, media, project management, facilitation skills
  • Attending national or state conferences around Australia for professional development
  • Networking with youth advocates and professionals within the youth mental health sector
  • Representing your local community at a national level
  • Being able to set your own workload around other commitments
  • The opportunity to meet like-minded and passionate young people from all around Australia

You can apply for the hY NRG role if you are a young person:

  • aged between 16 and 25 years at the time of application.
  • have a connection to or been involved with a headspace service or program within the last 12 months. This could include attending a headspace centre, being a part of a local Youth Reference Group, being a part of the headspace Work and Study Online service, online career mentoring service, or accessed support via eheadspace.  
  • Who is passionate about youth mental health.
  • Who is available and willing to take part in all parts of being on hY NRG for an 18-month term
  • Who has or is willing to obtain a valid Working With Children Check (or equivalent) and undergo a Police Check.  

 

We are keen to hear from young people from all backgrounds and life experiences, including young people who:

  • Identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander*
  • Are from multicultural backgrounds
  • Identify as LGBTIQA+
  • Are living with a disability or chronic illness
  • Have lived experience of homelessness

 

*We have four identified roles in the hY NRG team for young people who identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander.

We encourage any young person to apply! We are looking for passion for youth mental health over anything else.

 

  • Prepare your resume - you might need to update your resume or want to give it a refresh! If you need a hand with your resume, reach out to the headspace Work and Study service and have a chat with their team! 
  • Confirm your references - find two people who could provide a reference for you. This could be a manager from a previous workplace, a peer mentor, a teacher from school or uni, or someone from your community.
  • Submit your application - to apply for the opportunity visit: https://headspace.org.au/careers/5488/. We want to ensure that the application process is accessible to all young people so you will have a variety of options to submit your application. You will be able to apply in a written application, via a video, or complete it on your phone. If you are under 18 at the time of application, have a parent or guardian complete this Consent Form.

 

Check out our Frequently Asked Questions or send us an email. If you have questions about the hY NRG role or application process, please contact the participation team on participation@headspace.org.au or call (03) 9027 0100 and ask for the Participation team.