Learn more about our properties, our history, and our governance as a for-purpose organisation.
YHA Purpose & Mission
To create an open and accommodating world where life flourishes
Our mission is to create a community in diverse spaces, by connecting the curious, inspiring personal growth and creating genuine local experiences, in a sustainable way.
Our mindset of always exploring extends to our organisation and how we continue to find ways to better our environmental, social and cultural impact across Australia.
YHA was founded on a desire to support the exploration of our planet with minimal ecological impact. Not only have we led the way for over a decade in embracing sustainable travel through our sustainability program and a multitude of environment positive practices within our properties; we also aim to be leaders in regenerative travel for the future. We want our guests to have the opportunity not just to enjoy where they stay, but to leave it better than the way they found it.
Diversity, acceptance & equality
Our properties are great spaces in even greater places; and through our model of co-living and keeping costs as low as possible, we have made, and continue to keep, travel available to all. YHA properties are more than just a place to go – they are also a place to connect. Our spaces and the experiences that we offer are designed to encourage learning, sharing and connecting.
Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP)
We are committed to working towards reconciliation in Australia and launched our Reconciliation Action Plan in February 2022. We seek to build relationships between our business, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and all Australians, while also increasing opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities. We aim to deeply embed cultural learning throughout the YHA network and share it with our community of travellers.
YHA Australia is committed to reconciliation with Australia’s First Peoples and respects their right to self-determination and be consulted with respect to laws and decisions impacting them. We proudly support the Uluru Statement from the Heart, and it’s call to enshrine a First Nations Voice in the Constitution and welcome the Federal Government’s proposal to hold a referendum. While there is still much work to be done, it’s our belief that this is a critical step in building a better shared future for all Australians.
From customer-focused work in one of our properties, to management positions and office-based roles, we have plenty of opportunities across Australia.
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We are part of the world's largest budget accommodation network, Hostelling International (HI), which has more than 3500 hostels in 60 countries.