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ACT Together provides Therapeutic Residential Services.

In addition, Barnardos operates a range of flexible services to support young people including the CAP outreach program, CAP Housing, CAP Aftercare Support, Continuum of Care (18-21) and TILA. Find out more here.

Lead Tenant

Exciting opportunities are now available to become a live-in mentor to young people as part of our Lead Tenant program with ACT Together.

The young people are aged between 15 – 17 years and are usually exiting residential care services. The Lead Tenant program is a way to support young people who can’t live at home and need to start working towards living on their own. It’s a transitional step – offering young people the freedom of living away from ‘parents’ or ‘carers’ but still having some support with case management, mentoring, life skills and community integration.

Lead tenants are volunteers who live with young people, rent free and are supported by ACT Together at a property based in Canberra for a minimum of 5 nights per week.


Who we are looking for:

Do you have the ability to be a live-in mentor within this unique model? We are looking for the right people who are enthusiastic, reliable, and committed to supporting a young person in their home, and to working closely with ACT Together to provide a healthy and fulfilling life for a young person.

Are you:

  • Interested in sharing a home with a young person developing independent skills?
  • Energetic, innovative and believe in inclusive opportunities for people of all abilities?
  • Able to respect, value and understand young person's needs?
  • Able to be a positive role model?
  • Over 25?


As the Lead Tenant you will:

  • Share a house rent free – in lieu of wages, some household expenses may be negotiated
  • Assist young people to develop household routines and manage their own day to day needs by being a positive role model
  • Establish positive meaningful relationships with the young people in the household, taking opportunities to support the development of the young person's living skills
  • Work with the young person to look for and act on opportunities to improve their connections with the broader community
  • Participate in discussions and house meetings and regular supervision with the Program Manager
  • Treat the home with respect and maintain a high level of cleanliness
  • Maintain effective communication
  • Be willing to undertake training and receive support
  • Obtain and maintain a Working with Vulnerable People (WWVP) registration


Hear from Jonathon and Kellie about their experience:

For further information, please email info@acttogether.org.au or call 6110 2200 for a confidential discussion.