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The Australian Clearinghouse for Youth Studies provides information on the complex and wide-ranging issues that affect young people today, from early adolescence to the early adult years.

We aim to present information in reader-friendly, user-friendly ways for the benefit of all stakeholders in this very broad field. The information provided is interdisciplinary, acknowledging the overlapping nature, or inter-connectedness, of youth issues.

ACYS publications and services:
As a publisher, our key publications on youth in Australia include:

Other ACYS services include this website and the Australian Youth Facts and Stats website which carries 'just the facts' on a range of topics.

ACYS objectives:?

  • to house information on young people and youth related matters and to facilitate access, particularly electronic, to that information;
  • to provide some critical evaluation, syntheses, analysis and filtering of relevant information about young people, particularly in relation to research;
  • to provide up-to-date information to users of clearinghouse services about current research and other sources of information on young people and youth issues and to inform the field about current practice initiatives;
  • to raise awareness of youth issues, facilitate research on young people and youth issues and to inform the field about current practice initiatives;
  • to raise awareness of youth issues, facilitate research on young people and promote the discrete identity of the youth studies discipline;
  • to improve communication on youth research and practice across Australia, facilitate information exchange, networking and relationship building among people working the youth field; and,
  • to support the development of a professional youth sector by providing supports to young people.

Funding: The Australian Clearinghouse for Youth Studies is a not-for-profit organisation partly funded by the Australian Government through the Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaCSIA). ACYS is housed at the University of Tasmania, where it operates under the direction of Prof. Rob White, School of Sociology and Social Work.

History of this clearinghouse: ACYS had its origins in 1981 at the Australian National University in Canberra, where it was first called the National Clearinghouse on Transition from School. A newsletter and, later, a bulletin and abstracts were published and distributed free of charge by the clearinghouse.

In 1984, the organisation's name was changed to the National Clearinghouse for Youth Studies, and after a national bidding processin 1985 , the clearinghouse moved from the ANU to the School of Education at the University of Tasmania, Hobart, where it is currently located.

Following this move, the project's quarterly publication (The National Clearinghouse for Youth Studies Bulletin and Abstracts) began to be distributed on a subscription basis. In 1989 there was a change of staff, a re-design and re-launch of the journal as Youth Studies. A year later the title was amended to it current title, Youth Studies Australia, and in 1998 the project's name was changed to the Australian Clearinghouse for Youth Studies.

Youth Studies Australia is complemented by a range of other hard-copy publications, and the ACYS web site.

ACYS began its online services in the mid-1990s. These include the monthly electronic newsletter, Youth Field Xpress, and extensive resources and information on youth. A Youth Facts and Stats resource was introduced in 2002.

Another activity of ACYS in the '90s was the organisation of symposia. These were held in Hobart (1993, 1995) and in Melbourne (1998).

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