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Who We Are

The Australian Youth Affairs Coalition (AYAC) is Australia’s non-government national youth affairs peak body. When funded by the Australian Government between 2008-2014, we undertook a range of activities including research and policy development, youth sector development and youth engagement, in oder to:

  • Represent the issues and interests of young people, and the sector that supports them, at national and international levels
  • Offer policy advice to government and other organisations on issues that affect young people and the youth sector
  • Promote the well-being of young Australians
  • Advance the participation of young people in the community
  • Support best practice in youth participation
  • Take a leadership role within the youth sector
  • Encourage and support coordination and cooperation within the sector

AYAC is incorporated under the ACT Associations Incorporations Act (1992) and governed by a constitution and a Board of Directors. The Board includes representatives from state and territory youth peaks, the youth sector and young people from across Australia.

AYAC was formed in 2002, following the de-funding of the previous peak body for youth affairs, the Australian Youth Policy and Action Coalition. AYAC did not receive any funding from the Australian Government between 2002 and 2008.

Since July 2014, AYAC has received no Australian Government funding, and has operated as a part-time organisation with extremely reduced capacity. If we do not receive new funding in 2016 we will be forced to cease operating completely by the end of the year.

Click here to contact AYAC.

We acknowledge the traditional owners of country throughout Australia and their continuing connection to land, sea and community. We pay our respects to them and their cultures, and to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander elders both past and present.

Click here for AYAC's Constitution