The Australian Youth Affairs Coalition (AYAC) is the peak body for 4.3 million Australians aged 12-25 and the hundreds of thousands whose work is to support them.

The Australian Government ceased funding for AYAC in July 2014. However, we have continued operating with extremely limited resources to provide Australia's only national voice for young people.

However, if AYAC does not receive new funding in 2016 it will be forced to cease operating completely by the end of the year.


Media release 28 June 2016: Political leaders urged to commit to giving young people a voice in new government

More than sixty organisations — including peak bodies, youth organisations, community groups, charities, trade unions, universities, and advocacy groups — have written to political leaders to demand they address challenges facing young Australians and commit to a federal youth peak body.

Read the full media release and open letter here.


Election 2016: Youth on the Agenda

Ahead of the 2016 Federal Election, AYAC has coordinated Youth on the Agenda, a national youth sector campaign to highlight the Australian Government's disconnection from young people and urge all parties to re-engage with young people and tackle issues affecting them.

Join thousands of people around Australia who are demanding a government that works for young people - visit Youth on the Agenda to share your hopes for young Australians and urge your local candidates to commit to:


  • appoint a Minister for Youth to engage with young people through a National Youth Strategy
  • a national voice for young people, like AYAC
  • guarantee ongoing National Youth Week funding, and celebrate all young people's contributions to our country.



While funded by the Australian Governmnent, AYAC worked to represent and support young people and the youth support sector through: