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.
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
The Committee ensures that their mission is achieved in the most effective and efficient way.
- 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,
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
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
Key Business Areas
Having over 15 years’ experience, Leanne’s
Karen Hart General Manager of The Youth Junction Inc.
Karen was appointed in 2005 to help project
Prior to taking up this position,
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
Glen Weir Member
Dianne Semmens Member
Errol Kat Member
Andres Puig Member
Kerry Cowling – Youth Access & Justice Worker
Stephanie Coupar – Youth Access & Justice Worker