History

The Youth Junction Inc. is a Not for Profit (NFP) Organisation established in 2005 to setup the Visy Cares Hub

We are Australia’s largest co-located youth service centre with 20 Not For Profit organisations and approximately 250 staff.  We support disadvantaged, vulnerable, marginalised and socially excluded young people.

We provide programs in crime prevention, Social Justice, Education pathways, Employment support, youth work interventions, mentoring services, General Drop-In & Support through Access, Intake, and Referral, recreational and early intervention services.

The Youth Umbrella Project

(YUP) is delivered by a partnership of youth services led by The Youth Junction Incorporated and operates under a case management framework focusing on early intervention for young people residing within the Brimbank municipality aged between 12-24 years who are at risk of engaging in the criminal justice system. This program is located at the Visy Cares Hub in Sunshine – 80B Harvester Road, Sunshine 3020. To find out more about this program, please download a referral form.

We provide programs in crime prevention, Social Justice, Education pathways, Employment support, youth work interventions, mentoring services, General Drop-In & Support through Access, Intake, and Referral, recreational and early intervention services.

The Visy Cares Hub is an integrated youth service centre for young people aged 12-25yrs that is managed by The Youth Junction Inc., a ‘not-for-profit’ entity with deductible gift recipient (DGR) status.

 

The Youth Junction Inc. developed the concept of a co-located youth agency to provide a  ‘hub’ of services in the Western Suburbs of Melbourne.

Putting all of their expertise together, funding was sourced from three tiers of Government and The Pratt Foundation to out-fit the last remaining relic of the HV McKay Harvester factory site known as ‘The Bulk Store’.

The Youth Junction Inc. launched the Visy Cares Hub in 2006 in response to a growing need to consolidate youth services in the ever changing and complex youth demographic that makes up the Western Region of Melbourne, Victoria.

Committee of Management

The Youth Junction Inc. is an incorporated association, registered in the State of Victoria. Ultimate responsibility for the governance of the organisation rests with the Committee of Management. This corporate governance statement outlines how the Committee meets that responsibility. The Committee believes the principles of good governance underpin the values and behaviour of The Youth Junction Inc.

The Committee ensures that their mission is achieved in the most effective and efficient way.

The Committee fulfils its primary role by:

  • Selecting, appointing, guiding and monitoring the performance of the General Manager (GM) who is also the Executive to the Board.
  • Formulating the strategic plan of The Youth Junction Inc. in conjunction with the GM.
  • Approving operating and capital budgets formulate by the GM.
  • Monitoring the progress of management in achieving the strategic plan.
  • Monitoring the adherence by management to operating and capital budgets.
  • Ensuring the integrity of internal control, risk management and management of information systems.
  • Ensuring The Youth Junction Inc. complies with relevant legislation and regulations.
  • Acting as an advocate for The Youth Junction Inc. whenever and wherever necessary.
  • These responsibilities are set out in their Corporate Governance Framework.

The Committee has formally delegated responsibility for the day-to-day operations and administration of The Youth Junction Inc. to the General Manager, Mrs Karen Hart.

All Committee Members are independent in their performance of a non-executive management function and act in an honorary capacity.

Marilyn Duncan  President

Marilyn held the position of Chief Executive Officer at the City of Brimbank from late 1997 until May 2007. Prior to her appointment as CEO she was a member of the Council’s Executive Team in the role of Director for Planning and Statutory Services for 2 years.

She is an experienced senior administrator who has held senior executive positions with the Victorian Government and private sector.

Marilyn has also chaired a number of high-level committees and forums including the Sydenham Transit Cities Steering Committee, and she was treasurer for the Melbourne North West Area Consultative Committee.

Stuart Bensley  Vice-President

Stuart has been a Company Director and an energy and resources consultant since 2002, prior to that he was in Senior Management and Executive positions with the Halliburton Group of Companies, British Gas and BHP. He has lived and worked internationally since graduating with a BSc(Hons) in Civil Engineering from Surrey University in the UK.

His experience includes significant offshore, marine and sub-sea operations as well as the development and implementation of major energy infrastructure projects around the world. He is a graduate of the AMP Program at Macquarie University in Sydney, a Fellow of the Institute of Engineers and a Chartered Professional Engineer, CPEng in Australia.

 

Leanne Spiteri  Treasurer & Secretary

Leanne commenced her career at a Big 4 accounting firm. Through the early phase of her career, she has benefited from extensive experience in dealing with corporate accounting and control issues through her role within the assurance services division,

Over time, Leanne has leveraged her accounting and commercial knowledge and developed a specialisation in income tax, fringe benefits and capital gains tax related compliance and advisory services. Her deep taxation knowledge has been honed through Masters study in Taxation Law and a commitment to ongoing professional development.

Key Business Areas

Having over 15 years’ experience, Leanne’s specialisation is in serving the needs of the broader client base at Mutual Trust including the advisory needs of clients across different industries, including businesses and successful individuals. Her expertise covers a breadth of taxation and business advisory matters.  

 

Karen Hart  General Manager of The Youth Junction Inc.

Karen was appointed in 2005 to help project develop and then manage the Visy Cares Hub, a co-located youth service in Sunshine. Her primary responsibilities include fundraising, finance, human resource, program design, service delivery and strategic planning and development of the Centre, together with executive accountability to the Committee of Management.

Prior to taking up this position, she centre managed a similar co-located youth service in Manchester UK. She is a qualified Child Protection Social Worker and has held a number of management roles, including Senior Manager of the Women’s Program for the Sacred Heart Mission, Coordinator of the Remand Unit at Melbourne Youth Justice Centre and senior practitioner within the youth justice system in the UK.

Karen holds a BA Hons. in Applied Social Work, an MSc in Social Science Research Methods and she is currently enrolled at VU, Faculty of Business and Law to carry out a PhD investigating the impact of interventions to reduce recidivism, incarceration and costs to the community for young people aged 18-25yrs.

 

Glen Weir Member

Dianne Semmens  Member

Errol Kat  Member

Andres Puig  Member

Kerry Cowling – Youth Access & Justice Worker

Stephanie Coupar  – Youth Access & Justice Worker