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YWAM Melbourne is focused on equipping and mobilising young people to serve communities in Australia and Papua New Guinea.

– We are a multicultural, multigenerational base

–  We value worship and engaging with our city

– We are passionate about empowering young people with the skills, character, and experience they need to pursue their calling


Our story began in 1983 when our founders, Steve and Julie Aherne, had a vision for establishing a training and outreach centre that would serve the city of Melbourne, regional towns in Victoria, and international communities.

Building on the amazing foundation the Ahernes laid, 2019 started the process of a major leadership change and vision re-focus. With a new team of experienced leaders in place and fresh strategy for the future, we are excited about what is to come!

Additionally, we are collaborating with YWAM Medical Ships to see healthy lives, communities, and nations in Australia, Papua New Guinea, and beyond, and training young leaders to make this a reality.


Our campus is nestled in the heart of Surrey Hills, a beautiful suburb just 11 kilometres east of Melbourne’s central business district. Downtown Melbourne is a host to hidden café lanes, beautiful architecture, laneways full of street art, creative festivals and events. Melbourne is also one of the world’s most culturally diverse communities; it is home to residents from 200 countries, who speak over 233 languages and dialects.