Lead tenant program

The Lead Tenant Program provides young people between 16 – 18 years, who are unable to live at home due to family or personal circumstances, with safe and supported accommodation to prepare them for the responsibilities of independent living when they turn 18.

Lead Tenant

Up to two young people in one residence are supported by an adult volunteer (or couple) called a Lead Tenant, who lives in the home and provides day-to-day guidance and mentorship and is supported by professional staff.

The young people living in the home must be studying, employed or actively seeking employment. They also have a responsibility to help out cooking and cleaning, and pay a portion of their wage or benefit towards rent and utilities.

The Lead Tenant Program is supported by the Victorian Government’s Targeted Care Packages.

What is a Lead Tenant?

A Lead Tenant is a live-in volunteer whose primary role is to mentor, support and help create a positive environment for young tenants living in the home together. Lead Tenants have their rent and utility bills taken care of.

Although Lead Tenants are leaders in the household and also work closely with Wesley staff, it is as much their home as it is for other residents. Everyone works together to create a supportive and relaxed environment.

Could you be a Lead Tenant?

If you’re a mature, passionate person who wants to make a difference to young people by being a positive role model – Lead Tenant could be for you. It’s an extremely rewarding role – but also a challenging one. Opportunities are open to both singles and couples, in Melbourne’s Eastern and Southern suburbs.

Part of the role involves providing transport to school, appointments and extra-curricular activities.

You need to be proactive and passionate about engaging young people who may have experienced trauma and who have complex needs and challenging behaviours. Experience, along with current or completed studies in the social work, community service or youth work field are an advantage.

To help you in your role as Lead Tenant you are supported with comprehensive and ongoing training, as well as 24-hour support customised to your needs and the needs of your fellow tenants.

Current Lead Tenant opportunities

  • Help mentor young people aged 16-18
  • Interested in a long-term commitment

Expressions of interest

We welcome expressions of interest from singles and couples for other Lead Tenant opportunities in the Southern and Eastern suburbs of Melbourne, and in Gippsland, at any time.

To enquire call Andy Domec-Carre or Caroline Tear on (03) 9794 3000 or email leadtenantenquiries@vt.uniting.org