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Apr 17, 2014

In response to the Australian Government’s review of the Welfare system, the Australian Youth Affairs Coalition (AYAC) conducted a consultation of young people who had experience of the Welfare System, via an online survey.

This survey builds on AYAC’s 2012 report Beyond Learn or Earn: Young People Tell How Policy Can Better Support Those Who Need it Most.

Mar 31, 2014

The AYAC National Snapshot of Youth Work 2013 - Full Research Report is available now on the AYAC website! The Full Research Report contains additional data, tables and figures from our research into the Youth Work sector across Australia at the start of 2013.

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Dec 20, 2013

The 2012-13 financial year was a highly productive one for AYAC. During the 12 months, we surveyed 1,215 young Australians, polled 1,886 members of the public on their perceptions of youth work, posted 2,564 tweets to 2,613 followers and launched five important research reports on issues affecting young Australians and the services that support them.

Nov 8, 2013

AYAC believes that young people are experts in their own lives and their own experiences. In August 2013, AYAC partnered with The Australia Institute to conduct a quantitative survey of young Australians aged 17-24 years to discover what issues they cared about and wanted the government to take action on over the next three years. AYAC conducted a complimentary survey of young people to gather qualitative feedback on what lies beneath – what they’ve heard about the issue, their experiences and why they think that the government should be doing more to address these concerns.

Download Australia's Youth Matters: Young people talk about what's important to them

Jun 13, 2013

For many years, the youth work sector across Australia has been speaking out about the barriers they face to providing the best possible support to young Australians in need. But throughout this period, there has been no body to take their chorus of stories and experiences and paint a clear picture of what it is to be a youth worker… until now.

May 29, 2013

Written by the Australian Youth Affairs Coalition, this Australian Government Publication provides examples of youth engagement approaches from across the Commonwealth on how young people engage with other young people to develop and progress campaigns, activities or causes in the communities and countries in with they live.

May 1, 2013

Insights from the Coalface: The value of Justice Reinvestment for young Australians based on consultations with over 150 youth sector workers around Australia. The report calls for action as concerns grow at escalating rates of incarceration of young people, coupled with a worrying lack of support services for young people who are coming into contact with the justice system.

AYAC calls for policy to reflect the extensive knowledge and good practice of the sector, and to  ensure incarceration and remand is not the affliction of our most disadvantaged. We want to see marginalised young people getting the right support prior to contact with the justice system, rather than bearing the brunt of ‘tough on crime’ policies.

Jan 31, 2013

In May 2012, the Australian Youth Affairs Coalition and Reconciliation Australia launched the Yarn About Youth program to find out what issues matter to young people and how young people and the youth sector can progress reconciliation. This report comes from the first ever national survey of young peoples attitudes to reconciliation and broader consultations with the youth sector.

Nov 28, 2012

The last twelve months have been a very important time in the life of AYAC. We believe that AYAC has truly cemented its place in the national youth affairs landscape. It has been a year of hard work – but also a year of significant highlights. Our 2012 Annual Report showcases our wide range of work and growing influence on driving change.

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Nov 26, 2012

Current government policy strongly advocates that young people finish Year 12, then move from school to further training and/or to paid employment.To combat high youth unemployment and poor outcomes for those with lower levels of education, the Australian government introduced the learn or Earn program.

Under Learn or Earn, young people who have not finished Year 12 must be in education or training to receive income support payments. This study highlights the human impact and common experience of the Learn or Earn initiative and lets young people themselves tell their own experience of Learn or Earn.

Jul 5, 2012

The Australian Youth Affairs Coalition (AYAC) and the Youth Empowerment Against HIV/AIDS (YEAH) have released Let’s Talk About Sex: Young People’s views on sex and sexual health information in Australia, a joint report on the results of Let’s Talk About Sex: National Youth Survey.

The survey was a joint partnership between AYAC and YEAH to ensure a national consultation process with young Australians aged 15-29 regarding their opinions, experiences and needs around access to sexual health information and education.

Feb 7, 2012

2011 was a very busy and productive year for AYAC's board, staff and members. Our Annual Report highlights AYAC's achievements and future aspirations.

Dec 22, 2011

The need for a National Children's Commissioner has long been voiced by organisations in Australia working with children and young people, and is one of Australia's obligations under the Convention on the Rights of the Child. This need has been recognised recently by the Australian Children Rights Taskforce, chaired by UNICEF and the National Children's and Youth Law Centre in their submission to the UN CRC Committee (tabled as the Listen to Children Report and signed onto by over 98 Australian organisations who work with and for children).

Dec 21, 2011

In November 2011, AYAC and ARACY teamed up to run a full day workshop aimed at exploring ways of measuring outcomes and impact for youth services. The day included case studies, presentations and discussion which explored existing ways that services are measuring outcomes, as well as looking at the barriers and drivers for doing this better.

Aug 2, 2011

AYAC is excited to announce the release of our new Strategic Plan! The plan commenced on 1st July 2011, and outlines our vision for the next four years, until June 30th 2015.

This is AYAC’s first strategic plan since being funded by the Federal Government in recognition of our role as the national youth affairs peak body, and is a critical document in presenting a clear plan for the coming years. The plan is based on five strategic areas, upon which we will focus our work for the coming years.

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Jul 27, 2011

Youth Work in Australia: Reflections and Aspirations

Nov 19, 2010

2010 was a large journey for AYAC, it's board, staff and members.

Oct 19, 2010

AYAC has released the AYAC Strategic Directions Report, following consultations with the youth sector, youth led organisations and young people.

Aug 3, 2010

Australian Youth Affairs Coalition – Research Project Report


Media Release

Wednesday 25 February 2015

Youth peaks respond to McClure report

New welfare model raises concerns for young Australians

Australia’s peak bodies for young people and the sector that supports them – the Australian Youth Affairs Coalition (AYAC), the Youth Affairs Council of Victoria (YACVic), Youth Action NSW, Youth Coalition of the ACT, Youth Affairs Network Queensland (YANQ), Youth Network of Tasmania (YNOT), Youth Affairs Council of Western Australia (YACWA) and the Youth Affairs Council of South Australia (YACSA) – have raised joint concerns about the Final Report of the Reference Group on Welfare Reform to the Minister for Social Service (the McClure Report).

Feb 25, 2015