Youth services


Our mission is to build a community that is respectful, inclusive and supportive of all young people. We believe through listening to and valuing the voice of young people we will encourage their independence and success.

Our youth services are aimed at young people aged 12-25 years who live, work or study in Moorabool Shire. We have a range of programs, services, and events for all young people in the community. Whether you want to meet other like-minded individuals, or gain support from our dedicated team of youth workers, explore this site to find out how to be involved.

Complete the permission form below to register enrolment at Youth Services programs and events.

Youth Leadership Project

Our Youth Services team is partnering with the Western Bulldogs Community Foundation to deliver the Youth Leadership Project in Moorabool. The Youth Leadership Project is designed for 14-16-year-olds and is run, free for participants, over a 6-month period. 

The program engages young people to develop their leadership and life skill while connecting them with one another and their community.

Sessions will run fortnightly at the Ballan Recreation Reserve between the months of April-August. 

Applications are now open! Complete the application form linked below.

Youth Spaces

Studio 22 - Darley 

Studio 22 is a space for young people aged 12-17 years, supervised by qualified youth workers.

There is heaps to do! PS4, computers, craft, and games outside. Get your homework done, chat to a youth worker or just hang out.

There's no need to book, but a permission form is required. Complete it online or you can fill out a paper copy in person.

Studio 22 meets on Tuesday from 3.30pm-5.30pm during school terms.

Location: Studio 22, Darley Civic & Community Hub,182 Halletts Way, Darley VIC 3340


BYZ - Ballan

BYZ is a space for young people aged 12-17 years, supervised by qualified youth workers. 

Snacks, craft and good chats are always provided. Do you like UNO or origami? Perhaps the occasional footy or netball run around?

There's no need to book, but a permission form is required. Complete it online or you can fill out a paper copy in person.

BYZ runs every Wednesday from 4pm-6pm during school terms. 

Location: Ballan Recreation Reserve, Cowie St & Atkinson St, Ballan VIC 3342


Youth Action Group (YAG)

YAG, also referred to as Youth Council, is a space for young people to express their ideas for our community. It is set up to give youth a voice and engage in the decision-making processes of Council.

The Youth Action Group (YAG) is comprised of young people between the ages of 12-25 who live, study or work in Moorabool Shire. The YAG contains young people who are driven to share their perspectives and contribute to their community. As an action group, the YAG will be a representative voice for the diverse young people in communities across Moorabool.

YAG meets fortnightly during school terms on Monday afternoons from 5-6pm at Studio 22.

Our Youth Services team is making a huge call-out for young people who are engaged in making a difference to their community – join our YAG!

Any questions? Get in touch with our team!



FReeZA delivers events and learning opportunities for young people in creative arts, recreational activities, and cultural celebrations. The Youth Services team support the FReeZA committee in the planning and delivery of youth-friendly events that ensure 12–25 year-olds in Moorabool can watch and perform live music, celebrate days of significance, get out and active in community spaces, and flex their creative skills! To join our FReeZA committee – get in touch with our Youth Services team and keep an eye out on our socials for announcements.


Guitar lessons

Have you ever dreamt of being a muso playing in a rock 'n' roll band? Or perhaps just learning how to strum a few chords on a guitar?

Through our FReeZA program, we offer FREE weekly guitar lessons during the school term for young people aged 12-25 who live, work or study in Moorabool Shire. 

BYO guitar or hire one for free. 

Darley Guitar

Date and Time: Tuesday, fortnightly, 4pm-5:30pm

Location: Studio 22, Darley Civic & Community Hub,182 Halletts Way, Darley VIC 3340

Ballan Guitar

Date and Time: Wednesday, fortnightly, 4:30pm-6pm

Location: Ballan Recreation Reserve, Cowie St & Atkinson St, Ballan VIC 3342


Social Q

Social Q is a monthly youth-led group for young people aged 12-25 to come together, have fun and feel empowered within themselves. Our Youth Services team facilitate an inclusive space for young people who identify as LGBTIQA+ and live, work or study in Moorabool Shire.

Rainbow Network: Rainbow Network | Moorabool LGBTIQA+ youth


Youth Engagement Support (YES) Program

The Youth Engagement Support (YES) program is facilitated by our Youth Services team and works with young people between the ages of 12-25 who are disengaged or at risk of disengaging with education and employment pathways.

A team of experienced youth workers at Moorabool Shire Council deliver the program in a fun and holistic manner, focusing on health and wellbeing, community participation, education, training and career pathways. An evidence-based approach to youth engagement, participation and wellbeing is utilised, ensuring young people are best supported through one-on-one case management and group sessions.

Young people can self-refer or be referred to the YES program by a range of service providers and community members, including but not limited to local primary and secondary schools, law enforcement, parents and carers and youth support agencies. Download the YES Program Referral Form below and email to

YES Program Referral Form(DOCX, 76KB)

For more information or for referral support contact us.


Youth Holiday Program

Our Youth Holiday Program runs during each school holidays and has a range of activities for young people across the 12-25 age range. The Youth Services team brings in ideas from the young people we work with to design each program with the most fun and diversity in mind.

In the past we have run events such as bushwalking, skateboard art, pool parties, and even a silent disco.

Keep an eye on our socials for the upcoming program in the next school holidays!

Youth Strategy

Council supports the development of young people and encourages youth to get involved with service providers to create programs that meet their needs.

Our Youth Strategy provides the framework and vision to ensure they feel safe, supported and connected.

View our Youth Strategy 2018 - 2021(PDF, 3MB)

View our Youth Strategy 2018 – 2021 Action Plan(PDF, 332KB)


Any upcoming events will be listed below.