Join the Minus18 Board of Directors

BY Wednesday, 27 March 2019

Want to join Australia's youth-led movement against homophobia, biphobia, transphobia and intersexism?


We're looking for exceptional people to lead and develop strategy in our fast-growing NFP – specifically, on our board. If you're experienced in HR/people & culture, change management, organisational growth, financial growth strategies or employment law, apply now. 

Minus18 is Australia’s youth driven organisation for LGBTIQ young people. We support LGBTIQ youth in Melbourne through events and workshops, and communities Australia wide through online support and resources. Our goal is to create a more inclusive Australia for LGBTIQ youth, to flourish and connect. We’re a rapidly growing organisation of 11 Board Directors, six staff and 20 volunteers doing big things – and we’d love for you to join us.

The Minus18 Board has ultimate collective responsibility for the strategy and governance of Minus18, and supports the CEO and all staff in achieving organisational goals. The Board meets monthly to review Minus18’s performance, discuss key issues, and plan execution of strategic projects. Outside of these meetings, Board members are expected to regularly work on Board projects, raise the profile of the organisation at events and online, and use their networks and expertise to support our mission to empower LGBTIQ+ youth.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Commit to attending (in person or by video) the following meetings: Monthly Board meeting (first Tuesday of the month, 6:30pm); Quarterly Committee meeting (flexible roster, usually weeknights or weekends); Bi-annual Board training/planning day (flexible roster, usually weekends).
  • Commit to participating in one of the Board’s three Committees: People & Culture, Finance & Risk, or Access & Inclusion (please indicate your preference in your application);
  • Set aside regular time (avg. 2 hours per week) to monitor and respond to email correspondence;
  • Proactively use your networks and contacts to further the mission and reputation of Minus18;
  • Develop and execute strategic projects, initiatives and reforms to further the mission of Minus18;
  • Work collaboratively in a small team, meeting deadlines and communicating effectively;
  • Support the positive, collegiate and inclusive culture of Minus18; and
  • Adhere to strict ethical and legal duties (see below).

Selection Criteria


  • Passionate about youth LGBTIQ+ empowerment and inclusion
  • Sound financial literacy with experience in interpreting profit & loss statements and balance sheets
  • Excellent and proven time management skills, particularly an ability to manage deadlines and deliver projects in a voluntary/extracurricular/outside-of-work capacity
  • Working With Children Check (or willingness to obtain one);
  • Aged 18+
  • Not disqualified from serving as a company director under the Corporations Act 2001

Specialist Skills

In particular, applicants with specialist experience and skills in one or more of the following areas are encouraged to apply:

  • Human resources (HR) and people & culture (P&C)
  • Change management, scaling, organisational growth and expansion;
  • Finance, financial sustainability, scalable/adaptable growth and funding strategies
  • Employment and workplace law


  • Experience on a Board or similar governance body
  • Lived experience in or with the LGBTIQ+ community and/or
  • Lived experience with transgender identity, gender diversity, femme/female identity, a person of colour, neurodivergence or disability

Legal and Ethical Duties

The law recognises that Directors of not-for-profit groups make important decisions about the strategic direction and activities of an organisation. Because Boards have significant power, the law requires them to comply with the following legal duties:

1. Duty to act in good faith and for a proper purpose

This legal duty is a two-part duty that includes the duty to act honestly and fairly in the best interests of the organisation, and the duty to act for a proper purpose (that is, the purpose of your organisation as stated in the Minus18 Constitution) and within the powers given to the Board.

2. Duty to act with reasonable care, diligence and skill

This duty requires you to take your role as a Director seriously; make use of any skills and experience you have for the benefit of the organisation; give sufficient time, thought and energy to any tasks you have undertaken and to decisions you are required to make; and monitor the affairs, activities, strategic direction and financial position of the organisation.

In relation to the financial affairs of Minus18, this duty requires you to understand your organisation’s current financial position at all times; and prevent your organisation from continuing to incur debts if you know or suspect that your organisation cannot meet its current debts when they fall due (commonly known as the ‘duty to avoid insolvent trading’).

3. Duty not to misuse information or position

As a Director, you must not make improper use of your position or information you obtain through your position to either gain an advantage for yourself or any other person or organisation or cause detriment to Minus18.

4. Duty to disclose and manage conflicts of interest

A conflict of interest situation arises when a person who has a duty to act in the best interests of another, is presented with the opportunity or potential to ‘use’ that position in some way for their own personal benefit (or for the benefit of relatives or another organisation). This legal duty relates to the process Directors must follow in conflict of interest situations. As a Director you must disclose and manage conflicts of interest effectively. 

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How to Apply

To apply for this role, please email the following to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with subject ‘Board Member Application’:

  • A copy of your CV
  • A cover letter responding to the key selection criteria
  • Applications close Friday 12 April

Please direct any questions to Nick Bassett: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 0409 853 353.