What we do

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View the ACYS draft outcomes framework

How do we make a difference?

As part of our current organisational review, we want to measure and talk about the impacts our services and products have on young people and on those who work with and for young people.

We’ve been thinking about how we make a difference in the youth sector through what we do now, and about what we could do in the future to contribute to the development of engaged and resilient young people in Australia.

We’ve summarised our thoughts in a draft outcomes framework here, but it’s what you think that counts. So, whether or not you currently use our services and products, we’d love your feedback.

After reading the draft document, you can email your thoughts on the questions below to: [email protected]
  • Do the services we provide deliver any or all of those outcomes for your policy, research, practice or programs (or could they deliver those outcomes if you used them)?
  • Are there other ways of describing the differences we make (or could make) to your policy, research, practice or programs?
  • Are there other services we could deliver to make a difference to the policy, research, practice or programs you are engaged in?

Products and services

  • the newsletter, Youth Field Xpress, issued monthly via email and online free of charge
  • books and other publications on contemporary youth issues;
  • the ACYS website of resources about youth studies (acys.info)
  • help desk services, for those looking for more information about the youth sector or specific details about a particular issue

For more information about what ACYS has been doing, check out the Media Releases.

The ACYS team

Jeremy Prichard

ACYS Director and ACYS Executive Committee member
Jeremy is a senior lecturer in criminal law and criminology at the Law Faculty, University of Tasmania. At the Australian Institute of Criminology, he managed the first national study of young people in detention centres. Jeremy's PhD was on restorative justice and he has written internationally recognised pieces on youth diversion; youth sentencing patterns; youth crime and substance use; and the parents of young offenders. In central and frontline government agencies he developed policy regarding child protection and Indigenous communities. Jeremy maintains strong collaborative relationships with youth justice practitioners, policymakers and academics across Australia. He is a member of the Sentencing Advisory Council for the Tasmanian Attorney-General.

Christopher Rayner

ACYS Executive Committee member
Chris is a lecturer in inclusive education at the Faculty of Education, University of Tasmania. His teaching and research interests have focused on learning experiences for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and on teacher capacity to cater for student diversity. He has also taught on psychological theories of learning and human development in educational contexts. Chris’ research has been published in journals such as Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, Developmental NeurorehabilitationAustralasian Journal of Special Education, and Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education. Chris is currently acting as Research Ethics Coordinator within the Faculty of Education and is a member of the Social Sciences Human Research Ethics Committee.

Naomi Marsh

ACYS Executive Committee member
Naomi is a past employee with ACYS, having worked on the Face the Facts series of briefing papers. Naomi studied a BA at the University of Tasmania and completed her Honours in Sociology in 2012. Naomi has had extensive involvement in the Tasmanian and Australian youth sectors, having worked with the Youth Network of Tasmania and participated in several youth leadership initiatives. She is currently a graduate trainee at the Department of Premier and Cabinet, Tasmania.

Lindsey Moffatt

ACYS Manager and ACYS Executive Committee member
Lindsey is an applied sociologist with postgraduate qualifications in not-for-profit management and in advanced social research methods, has joined ACYS as the new manager. She brings over 20 years of not-for-profit and public sector experience, in both the UK and Australia, in sector development, social policy development, social policy research, advocacy and communications teams. Lindsey also currently sits on Volunteering Tasmania's (VT) Social Policy Think Tank.

Sue Headley

Editor/Production Manager
Sue has a BA (Sociology), BA (Hons) (Sociology) and BSc (Plant Science) from the University of Tasmania. She has been with ACYS since 1996. In addition to editing YSA, Sue coordinates the editorial production of ACYS books, which include Outrageous! Moral panics in Australia, published in 2007, and Sounds of then, sounds of now: Popular music in Australia, published in 2008. She is a member of the Society of Editors (Tasmania) Inc.

Ann Davie

ACYS Information/Website Manager
Ann is responsible for development and management of the ACYS website, along with other online resources and services. She is a board member of the Youth Network of Tasmania (YNOT) and participates in several state and national collaborative groups in the youth sector.  She has over 20 years' experience in software development and publishing. Ann has a degree in French Literature and has been involved in several community and volunteer groups.

Sheila Allison

Senior Editor
Sheila is part-time senior editor with ACYS Publishing, the ACYS arm responsible for production of the quarterly journal Youth Studies Australia and interdisciplinary research- and practice-based books. She was ACYS manager/publisher from 1990 to 2007. 

Kate Gross

ACYS Deputy Editor
Kate has a BA (Political Science and Journalism), a BA (Hons) (Political Science) and a BTeach (Secondary) from the University of Tasmania. She has been with ACYS since 2006. Kate’s work at ACYS involves assisting with the editing of YFX and ACYS books, as well as contributing to YFX. She is a member of the Society of Editors (Tasmania) Inc. 

Caroline Mordaunt

ACYS Deputy Editor
Caroline has a BA (Hons) (English) from King’s College London. She is editor of Youth Field Xpress, and carries out other editorial work for ACYS. Caroline has previously worked for publishers and magazines in London, and as a freelance editor working for clients in Australia and overseas. She is an IPEd Accredited Editor and a member of the Society of Editors (Tasmania) Inc.

Sue Dilley

ACYS Subscriptions and Sales Manager
Sue looks after subscription databases and sales of ACYS books. Sue returned to work at ACYS in July 2008 and brings many skills to her role, including her experience at ACYS in 2002, working with the Australian Youth Facts and Stats website at the time of its inception. Sue has a degree in Asian studies and an extensive administration experience in the public and community sectors.

Marta Guerra

Marketing and Communications
Marta joined ACYS in September 2013 to provide support in all marketing, communications and public relations functions, as well as alliances and sponsorships. Marta brings many years of experience in these disciplines gained in the corporate sector across Australia, New Zealand and the Asia-Pacific region.

ACYS Consultative Committee

The consultative committee aims to contribute expert external advice on, and responses to, ACYS products and services and to informally advocate on behalf of ACYS within the youth sector and within government in youth-related areas of policy, services and research.

As of September 2014, the members of the ACYS Consultative Committee are:

  • Associate Professor Jane Burns, Chief Executive Officer, Young and Well CRC
  • Mr Craig Comrie, Executive Officer, Youth Affairs Council of Western Australia
  • Dr Tim Corney, Manager Membership Services Department, Incolink, and Associate Research Fellow at Swinburn University
  • Dr Phil Daughtry, Head of School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Tabor Adelaide
  • Mr Matthew Keeley, Director, National Children's and Youth Law Centre
  • Ms Jan Owen AM, Chief Executive Officer, Foundation for Young Australians
  • Ms Gabi Rosensteich, Sector & Community Partnerships Manager, Centre for Multicultural Youth
  • Professor Johanna Wyn, Director, Youth Research Centre, Youth Research Centre, University of Melbourne
  • Ms Downes Nina, Director, Youth Policy & Projects Youth Affairs Branch, Department of Education and Training

ACYS funding and operation

ACYS is funded by the Australian Government through the Department of Education and Training's, Access, Engagement and Youth. We operate at the University of Tasmania through the Faculty of Education under the direction of Dr Jeremy Prichard, Faculty of Law.

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