Our state Youth Advisory Committees (YACs) are made up of young people from diverse backgrounds who are looking to make friends and develop their skills within a humanitarian setting.

YACs are an opportunity to connect with like-minded young people within your state, and nationally, to:

  • help others
  • develop and utilise your skills
  • connect to networks
  • build friendships
  • participate in governance and decision-making
  • support the work of Red Cross.


Meet some of our YAC leaders below, and express your interest to find out more about how you can get involved.

Hayley Payne

Hayley Payne | QYAC Co-Chair
Hayley volunteers with the Australian Red Cross Queensland Youth Advisory Committee (QYAC) and has been working hard over the last year to develop a disaster preparedness community education tool called ‘Disasterous Dinner’.

Michelle Lim

Michelle Lim | VYAC Chair
Michelle is the Chair of the Australian Red Cross Victorian Youth Advisory Committee. “I’m a final year Masters of Social Work student. I joined Red Cross to make a bigger impact in my community than just my local area. My vision for the future is hopefully one where young people’s lived experiences are respected and valued and where young people feel empowered and acknowledged.”

Anita Chaplin

Anita Chaplin | SAYAC Chair
Anita is the Chair of the South Australian Youth Advisory Committee and has been actively engaged in REDxYouth activities and projects, most notably the Youth Governance Project which is re-imagining how young people engage with Red Cross along with other young leaders. Recently Anita was selected to represent Australia at the IFRC Limitless program with her innovative approach to youth employment. You can watch her submission below.

Anita Chaplin’s innovation story #LimitlessIFRC

Expression of interest

To find out how you can join your local Youth Advisory Committee, email us at redxyouth@redcross.org.au

University Clubs

Every semester, Red Cross university clubs run activities and events with and for their members to promote the work of Red Cross on campus and in their local community. As a member you can be involved in Red Cross activities such as blood drives, awareness raising campaigns, public lectures, workshops and conferences, social activities and fundraisers.

You will have access to leadership opportunities, such as leading club activities and events. There are also some great, more formal roles such as being on the University Club Executive Committee .

To find out more about how you can connect with your local university club (or start your own!) email our team at redxyouth@redcross.org.au

University Partnerships

Are you from a university and looking for ways to connect with Australian Red Cross? We’ve partnered with universities to deliver programs, facilitate workshops and create problem spaces for innovation labs (to name a few!). If you’re looking for a way to engage young people around humanitarian action reach out to our team at redxyouth@redcross.org.au to explore the possibilities.

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