Families Australia will host the 6th Child Aware (CA2019) conference 16-17 May 2019 in Brisbane. The Child Aware Conference is the only national opportunity to bring together policy, practice and research across all levels of government and a diversity of sectors and disciplines to improve the delivery of services to children, young people and their families. Entitled Children Young People Families | our concern | our responsibility | our future, the 6th conference will stimulate discussion on how to make Australia an even better place for children and young people now and into the future. The participation of young people will be a feature of this conference. 

Position Description

The Student Engagement Partnership is a community engagement project designed to create genuine, practical opportunities for students of ACU to participate in, and with, a broad multi-disciplinary workforce to contribute to national policy thinking to advance the National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children 2009 – 2020, the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010 – 2022, and the wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Families Australia established a Young People’s Reference Group (YPRG) in November 2018, to ensure the voices of a diverse range of young people are included in the planning and delivery of key elements of CA2019.  ACU student participants will join the YPRG and contribute to one of two key conference initiatives detailed below: 

  1. Young people’s plenary Key Theme 4, Keeping children and young people safe from abuse, organisations and governments. An opportunity for two students to join the YPRG and contribute to the development of key concepts to be addressed by a Plenary Panel consisting of young people. The YPRG will also assist with the selection process for panel participants
  2. Young People’s one minute ‘pitch’ videos Key Theme 5, Strengthening our focus on wellbeing Beyond 2020. An opportunity for two students to join the YPRG which will help in defining key questions to focus and shape the video format and maximise the reach and appeal of this initiative to a diverse range of children and young people. The students will work alongside industry and academic reference group members to moderate videos for inclusion in the conference program. 

Students will participate in YPRG teleconferences, email participation and post-conference briefing, with the option to attend the Conference (students may select one or two-day registration).

Operating dates and times

27th February – 30th June 2019
Conference: 16th – 17th May 2019

Places available


Position requirements

  • Current Blue Card
  • Complete the rights and responsibilities document and permission to use personal images (provided by ACU Engagement)
  • Provide a brief 150 word statement about why you are interested in either of the projects outlined in the position description – one application per project. This statement should include your full name and unit name.


Project work will be conducted remotely, with Families Australia offices based in Canberra. There is an option for students to be mentored by a member of the peer reference group. More information will be provided about this opportunity through Families Australia.

Conference: Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, South Brisbane – Grey Street entrance



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Contact ACU Engagement expressing your interest and confirming:

  • You fulfil (or are willing to fulfil) the position requirements
  • The ACU unit you are studying and your course
  • Your availability which complies with the operating dates and times
  • Read the relevant ACU policies and procedures

After confirming the above, the Engagement team will then connect you with Families Australia via email.


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