NYARS Reports

The National Youth Affairs Research Scheme (NYARS is a cooperative arrangement between the Federal Government and the State, Territory governments to facilitate nationally-based research into current social, political and economic factors affecting young people. Each Australian state/territory has a NYARS representative. For details contact the federal government, Office for Youth.

NYARS produces a series of research reports known as NYARS reports.

Electronic copy editions

PDF editions of NYARS reports are available from Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.

Hard copy editions

NYARS reports listed below can be purchased from ACYS while stocks are available. Please fill out the order form and fax or mail to ACYS (details on form). 

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NYARS report cover - Youth and the Future
Youth and the future: Effective youth services for the year 2015
Howard Sercombe et al., assisted by Youth Statistics Unit, Australian Bureau of Statistics & Youth Affairs Council of WA 2002, 118pp.

This report provides an understanding of the services required by young people in the year 2015, based on a thorough analysis of recent trends and expert projections of those trends. The report analyses key social and economic changes for young people in Australia over the past 10 to 20 years including movements in population, education, employment/unemployment and the labour market, incomes, family and household structure, health, and crime and justice.

NYARS report cover - Wealth of all nations Wealth of all nations: Identification of strategies to assist refugee young people in transition to independence
Louise Coventry et al. 2002, 126pp.

Provides an information base for more effective strategies to address the complex needs of these young people and assist their long-term independence within Australia.

NYARS report cover - Creating better education and employment opportunities for rural young people Creating better educational and employment opportunities for rural young people 
Peter Kenyon 35 al. 2001, 94pp. 

Literature survey, overview of government and other inquiries and consultations about the education and employment environment for young people in rural and remote Australia. Identifies areas of potential growth and opportunity for young people in these areas.

NYARS report cover - Young people leaving care and protection
Young people leaving care and protection
David Maunders, Max Liddell, Margaret Liddell & Sue Green 1999, 95pp.

Essential reading for any policymakers, politicians, service providers, teachers, youth and community workers and social workers who have an interest in young people leaving care and protection.

Juvenile justice services & transition arrangements
Keys Young Pty Ltd 1997, 84pp.

Focuses on young people who are committed to a period of detention in a juvenile justice centre. Also includes an overview of juvenile justice policies of Australian governments. 

NYARS report cover - The price we pay Young people, poverty and long-term unemployment in Australia
The price we pay: Young people, poverty and long-term unemployment in Australia
Mary L. Crooks et al. 1996, 69pp.

Estimates the social and economic costs of young people living in poverty as a result of sustained unemployment.

Young people and self-employment in Australia
Peter Kenyon & Simon White 1996, 42pp.

An overview of small business and self-employment in the economic profile of Australia, and the contribution that small and very small enterprises are making to the broader economy.

NYARS report cover - Young people's perceptions of and attitudes to sexual violence
Young people's perceptions of and attitudes to sexual violence
Leonie Daws et al. 1995, 92pp. 

Concerns an investigation of young people's perceptions of violence, consent and the sexual nature of a range of behaviours. 

NYARS report cover - Young people living on the urban fringe
Young people living on the urban fringe
Ian Winter 1995, 53pp.

Provides a description of the demographics and living standards of young people and young parents living on the urban fringe. 

NYARS report cover - A ticket to services or a transfer of rights Young people and guardianship
A ticket to services or a transfer of rights? Young people & guardianship
David Tait, Terry Carney & Kirsten Deane 1995, 54pp.

Examines the issues surrounding the use of guardianship with young people with a disability. 

Where now?  Destinations of young people who miss out on higher education
Damian Smith 1994, 48pp.

What happens to young people in the year after they miss out on a place at university? Report discusses issues underlying the unmet demand problem and offers a broad prognosis. 

NYARS report cover - Employment development Do young people benefit
Employment development: Do young people benefit?
Edgar Carson & Leone Doube 1994, 49pp.

Reviews and examines existing and new research on the impact of employment development programs on young people. 

NYARS report cover - The position of young people in relation to the family
The position of young people in relation to the family
Robyn Hartley & Ilene Wolcott 1994, 103pp.

Looks at the position of young people in society in general, national and international policy perspectives, young people's opportunities and life chances, and demographic and social trends. 

NYARS report cover - Perceptions of the treatment of juveniles in the legal system
Perceptions of the treatment of juveniles in the legal system
Christine Alder, Ian O'Connor, Kate Warner & Rob White 1992, 83pp.

Police, young people and lawyers agree that contacts between police and young people are fraught with difficulties. In part these may be accounted for by the inadequacy of police education and training that relates specifically to their interactions with young people. However, evident across the findings of this research is the inadequacy of existing legislation regarding police procedures prior to and during interrogation, and the rights of the suspect during the investigative process. The lack of clear statutory statements of these rights hinders any attempt on the young people's part to assert their rights, and makes it difficult for police to know the limits of their activities. In regard to this general situation, it is also apparent that there are major problems with youth access to legal advice and to complaints mechanisms. 

NYARS report cover - The health of young aborigines
The health of young Aborigines: Short report
Pamela Lyon 1992, 30pp.

Research into the health issues affecting young Indigenous people aged 12 to 25 years.  Also looks at how culture and life situations, living conditions and relationships may affect health of young Indigenous people. 


New website to aid parents launched

Orygen Youth Health Research Centre and Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre have launched a new website called ‘Parenting strategies: Preventing adolescent alcohol misuse’. The site features guidelines for parents who want to help their teens manage alcohol well. http://www.parentingstrategies.net/

17 Dec 2010

Youth-led convention highlights available

Excerpts from the first ever youth-led convention, which was organised by the Australian Government in partnership with the Left Right Think Tank and held in November, are now available. http://www.ayac.org.au/2010/12/aylc-highlights/

17 Dec 2010

Cybersafety Help Button

The Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy has launched a new Cybersafety button to give children and young people easy access to cybersafety help and information. www.dbcde.gov.au/online_safety_and_security/cybersafetyhelpbutton_download

15 Dec 2010

Research reveals the hybrid identities of Sydney's multicultural youth

A report conducted by the University of Western Sydney and the University of Technology, Sydney about how young people from minority backgrounds in west and south-west Sydney feel about their cultural identities. www.immi.gov.au/media/publications/multicultural/pdf_doc/tapping-pulse-youth.pdf

15 Dec 2010