Young Adults

Our Youth Centres offer a place for young adults (aged 10-25) to access support or take part in our great programs. Decibels is a recording and rehearsal studio for those musically minded, and the Darebin Youth Hub is suited for a drop-in visit to access support and assistance while at Northland Shopping Centre.

The Hub

The Hub is a vibrant centre offering programs and services to young people (10 -25 years) who live, work, study or play in the City of Darebin.

It features a music studio equipped with the latest electronic production technology, an education space and large general purpose area with colourful break-out spaces. The colourful, open-plan fit-out also includes an ultra-modern galley kitchen.

Also within the hub are specialist services such as health practitioners, legal services, housing specialists and education and employment providers.

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Further Information:
Team Leader Programs
Ph: 8470 8013

Decibels Youth Music Centre

Provides low-cost recording and rehearsal facilities, music programs and resources for young people aged 12-25 who are looking to record, rehearse or extend their networking and knowledge of the contemporary music industry.

Current Decibels Youth Music Centre programs include FReeZA, Turn Up, Decibels Indie and ReZonate.

Decibels Youth Music Centre
Reservoir Community and Learning Centre, 23 Edwardes Street, Reservoir


Further Information:
Team Leader, Studio, Music and Arts
Ph: 8470 8005

We run a number of interesting programs for young adults aged 10-25, including homework clubs and holiday programs, music programs, skills development and training program, and a youth outreach program.

Create @ The Hub

Create @ The Hub is a free creative space for young people aged 12-18 who live, work, study or play in Darebin. We have artist-mentors who work with young people to learn new creative skills, such as photography, movie making, coding and robotics, creative writing, performance art, animation, music production and more. This is a social, fun and relaxed program - no experience necessary!


Register here or contact The Hub - Northland for more info on (03) 8470 8491


First Step program (2 May - 27 June 2019) – Register now!

A call out to young people aged 16-21 years! Come join us at First Step – our education-to-employment program which aims to build the confidence of young people who are entering workforce.


From 2 May to 27 June at The Hub Northland, participants will attend 9 FREE fun weekly sessions! They will get support in writing and producing resumes, cover letters and application forms (including video applications), building their confidence in individual and group interviews, as well as meeting new people.


Register here or contact The Hub - Northland for more info on (03) 8470 8491



TURN UP! Music program

Turn Up is a space for young women, gender diverse, trans and non-binary youth to connect while learning how to make music, play in a band or create and record music using computers. This is because there is an under-representation of women, gender diverse, trans and non-binary people in all facets of the music industry from performance, production, live sound reinforcement, management and related industries.

Participants will develop skills using programs such as GarageBand, Logic Pro-Tools and Ableton Live to write and produce music of any style. They will also get the chance to learn and develop skills in playing musical instruments such as guitar, keyboard and drums and become confident in our great studio through working with other young people on recording projects.

No experience with bands, instruments, or making music is needed, just lots of enthusiasm and potential! Applications open to young people aged between 14 and 21 who live, work, study or play in the City of Darebin.

Read more about the program and Apply Online.


Decibels Indie

Decibels Indie supports young emerging artists, musicians, bands, singer-songwriters, producers and creatives develop the skills and networks needed to be independent artists. Successful applicants will have access to Decibels facilities and equipment (including professional recording studio), professional mentoring, specialised workshops and project funds of up to $1,000.

To get into this program, applicants need to apply with a project. This could be almost anything - it could be recording an EP of original songs, creating a film clip or video, getting a band together or organising a special event. Projects could be about professional development, and involve creating a website, press kit or publicity campaign.

Six to eight applications will be successful, and it’s good to note that projects are chosen based on potential, enthusiasm and how well the project is thought out, not how developed, good or popular a band/act is right now.

Applications for the 2019 program are open until Sunday, 31 March 2019. Read the Indie Info Pack for further details and Apply Online.

Applicants must be between 16 and 25 years old, and live, work, study or play in Darebin.


Darebin FReeZA

Freeza is part of the Victorian State Government funded Freeza initiative that gives young people the opportunity to lead the planning and staging of live music and cultural events within their local communities.

As one of 80 state-wide providers, Darebin’s Freeza program also provides important performance opportunities for local musicians and emerging artists to showcase their talent through competitions such as the Victorian Freeza Push Start Battle of the Bands. All Freeza events are fully supervised, drug, alcohol and smoke-free.

Wednesdays 4pm–6pm (excluding School Holidays)
Decibels Youth Music Centre,  1st Floor, 23 Edwardes Street, Reservoir
Contact:  Dave Williams 8470 8003


ReZonate (Music Writing and Production program)

Learn to write and produce music using computer based software, with experienced mentors. Meet and collaborate with other young producers and artists, record your songs in an industry standard recording studio.  Hip-hop, electronic, singer/songwriter, DJ, dance styles all welcome.  Performance advice and opportunities.


For further information on all Decibels Youth Music programs, contact:
Neil Robertson, Team Leader - Studio, Music and Arts
Ph: 8470 8005


Homework Club

Wednesdays 5:30pm – 7:30pm (excluding School Holidays)
Reservoir Community and Learning Centre, 1st Floor, 23 Edwardes St, Reservoir

School Holiday Program
Location and activities vary each term

Further Information:
Emerging Communities Youth Officer
Ph: 0432 119 430


Engaging young adults aged 12-25 in the areas of health, recreation and arts, education and training, and advocacy and coordination is a key focus for us.

Join Darebin’s Young Citizen Jury

Darebin City Council is currently recruiting members for the Darebin Young Citizen Jury. If you are passionate about making a change in our community this is an opportunity to discuss, debate and develop solutions to current issues that are important to young people living in Darebin.

Council established the Young Citizen Jury because we believe that young people are best placed to tell us what they need, and we wanted to put power in their hands to identify issues and initiate action. Membership is open to young people aged 15-24. Hurry applications close Wednesday 24 July.

Apply Now

Further Information:
Youth Services
Ph: 8470 8888

2012-2017 Darebin Youth Engagement Strategy

The Strategy highlights Council's key strategic directions over the next five years.

  • Council will deliver services to meet the needs of young people. Services will focus on 4 priority areas of: Health Promotion, Recreation and Arts, Education and Training and Information, Advocacy and Coordination.
  • Council will dedicate and attract resources to meet the needs of young people.
  • Council will increase our responses to young people through collaboration across Council departments and with our partner agencies.
  • Council will give young people a greater voice and advocate with strength.
  • Council will lead planning for young people.

Darebin Youth Engagement Strategy 2012-2017 - PDF
Darebin Youth Engagement Strategy Summary Poster – PDF

Further Information:
Youth Services Coordinator
Ph: 0425 818 590