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Summer Jobs

With the school year almost over and the frantic Christmas rush upon us there are so many companies out there looking for employees. If you're interested in getting some experience, earning some money and updating your resume/CV check out some of the website below:









THE JUST GROUP (Dotti, Just Jeans, Jacqui E, Peter Alexander, Portmans, Jay Jays & Smiggle)


COTTON ON GROUP (Cotton On, Cotton On Body, Cotton On Kids, Rubi Shoes, Supre, Typo)  







Between mid-November & mid-December every year, thousands of year 12 students celebrate the end of school with a holiday. Some places in Victoria run organised Schoolies celebrations, including:

  • Lorne
  • Torquay
  • Phillip Island
  • Rye

The main Schoolies destinations in Victoria have put together the Good Times, Great Breaks website (new window). It has information about:

  • Getting to and around the local areas
  • How to have a good (and safe) time while you're there

Other places may have their own organised schoolies efforts. A quick search for "schoolies" and your destination should turn something up.

Register for Schoolies

If you're doing Schoolies in Lorne, Torquay, Phillip Island or Rye, registering is a great way to score free stuff and helpful local info.

Registration is FREE and gets you:

  • Access to shuttle buses
  • Free BBQs
  • Access to activities run by the Good Times Great Breaks teams

To register, visit the Register as a school leaver page (new window) on the Good Times, Great Breaks website.

For the latest Schoolies information, follow Good Times, Great Breaks at  (new window).

If you're not doing Schoolies in the above areas, there may also be registration where you're going. It's worth looking into to see what kind of swag you could score. Do a search for the place you're heading to and "schoolies registration".

Have a safe time!

For more about celebrating safely and looking after your mates, visit these pages on Youth Central:


Applications for the 2017 AFL Youth Central Rookie Reporter program are now open.

The AFL Youth Central Rookie Reporter Program gives two young people the chance at a voluntary internship position with AFL Media.

The Rookie Reporter Program is a great opportunity to work alongside senior AFL reporters and editors to cover various aspects of the game for the AFL website, AFL App and AFL Record.

The internship is open to:

  • Young Victorians studying journalism (or an equivalent course)
  • Young Victorians who have a qualification in journalism (or an equivalent qualification) 

The internship will run for six months from March 2017 through to the end of the 2017 football season. Each participant will work one day a week for 4 hours. 

Interns will make invaluable contacts and tap into the knowledge and practical skills of experienced sports journalists and editors.

Established in 2012, the Youth Central AFL Rookie Reporter Program gives aspiring journalists an opportunity to learn from some of the best sports reporters and editors in the country.

All nine of the program's past graduates are now working in media, while five have found further employment with AFL Media.

Applications for the 2017 intake are now open

For more information and to apply continue to the AFL Youth Central Rookie Reporter program Application Form (new window).

Applications close midnight, Friday 9 December 2016.

Past participants

Susan Giese, one of the 2014 Rookie Reporters, said the opportunity to work with the AFL Media Team had been a "huge eye opener".

"Being in the production room, watching it all unfold and getting a feel for how the whole team comes together is something I haven’t done before," Susan said. "It’s a good multiplatform news space and it’s great to be part of it."

To date seven rookie reporters have taken advantage of this amazing opportunity.

More information

If you have any questions about this program, you can contact Youth Central at

Boulevard Lights

The Boulevard in Ivanhoe is one of Melbourne’s biggest and brightest Christmas lights displays.  Since the 1950s, residents have decorated their houses, gardens and windows with illuminating displays of lights, nativity scenes and everything Christmas. And every year, neighbours seem to go to even greater lengths to dazzle onlookers and put on a spectacular show, often with accompanying music.


The Boulevard Lights will run from the 10 - 24 December 2016 between 8.30 pm and 11.00 pm each night. 

Busking Opportunities during the Boulevard Lights

Busking applications have now closed for 2016.
Busking opportunities are limited during the Boulevard Lights to reduce crowds in busy areas. Approved buskers receive a permit to perform.

For more info visit


School Leavers Guide 2016/2017

The School Leavers Guide is a document headed up by the LLEN alongside community organisations who work with young people in the local area.
This year it has gone online for the first time.  

The document is useful for any young person leaving school – be that at the end of year of 12 or at an earlier stage.  It includes info on education options, employment and further supports.

Download the document below to get all the essential info on life after school



PDF icon SLG-2016-2017-FINAL.pdf5.11 MB

Malahang Bike Hut


The Bike Hut is a Banyule City Council Facility that is run by Volunteers who open up the Bike Hut at different times and offer a space to the local community to come in for a simple chat or to learn how to repair and maintain their own bikes. The Bike Hut provides tool and some parts to help you maintain their own bikes. The Bike Hut provides tool and some parts to help you maintain and fix your bike.

The aim is to teach people, especially young people, how to maintain and repair their own bikes and to develop life and social skills.



The Bike Hut is Open most Thursday afternoons from 3.30am – 5.15pm and on the 4th Saturday of each month between approximately 10am and 12.30pm.


We are always looking for volunteers who have some skills or the desire to develop skills in bicycle maintenance and repair, handy person skills and community engagement. If you are interested chat to someone at the Bike Hut or contact Banyule Youth Services.



For more information about the Bike Hut or Volunteering Call:


Banyule Youth Services on 9457 8855 or

Rise Up

YSAS and Banyule Youth Services have partnered together to create an exciting short term program for young women (14-17) from around the Banyule area. The program will be starting in Term 4 and will be broken up into six weeks! The program is similar to the Rise Program run previously, hwoever will focus more broadly on well-being than on education pathways this time.

The program is aimed at young women who are at risk of disengagement & would benefit from support around managing friendships, intimate relationships, body image & self-esteem.

Guest facilitators will include Family Planning Victoria, Youth Resource Officers from Victoria Police, a specialised Yoga & wellness instructor, a Self-Defence trainer and a workshop by a Local Artist.

Each session will combine mindfulness, journal writing, empowerment & discussions with fun, creative & inspiring activities!
Please contact Banyule Youth Services on 9457 9929 or email for more information

Skate Park art competition

Nillumbik are looking for students to submit eye catching designs to be painted on the new skate ramp at Eltham Skate Park. The winning design will be painted on the ramp by a professional artists.


Designs must:

  • attract people's attention to the new bin housed under the new ramp
  • encourage use for the bin
  • aim to reduce litter in the skate park

Each student may submit more than one design.


The winner will recieve a $200 Surf Dive n Ski voucher.


To enter go to:

Seeking volunteers interested in diversity and stamping out homophobia

We are seeking volunteers who are passionate about diversity, equal right and stamping out homophobia to help out with planning and crewing a tent at the upcoming Banyule Youth Festival. 

The tent is all about bringing rainbows to Youth fest (11th September 2016) and promoting diversity. This is your chance to volunteer some time to promote diversity and have some fun.


Current Ideas (that we need to build on);

  • Have a big rainbow flag that people can sign to show their support for diversity
  • Rainbow face paint
  • Use chalk to make a massive rainbow path through the festival
  • Have posters and other resources for LGBTIQ young people
  • Promote events for LGBTIQ young people, their friends and allies


Come along for some Pizza and a planning session on Thursday 11th August 2016


The annual Banyule Youth Festival is on Sunday 11th September 2016 and this year we want to bring the rainbows 


For any queries, please contact Richo on 9457 9907 or 0402 389 862 or

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