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Australian Clearinghouse for Youth Studies

About the Australian Clearinghouse for Youth Studies

ACYS is a not-for-profit project funded by the Australian Government through the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs.  ACYS operates at the University of Tasmania under the direction of Prof. Rob White, School of Sociology and Social Work.

ACYS 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:

ACYS Publishing produces key publications on youth in Australia:

ACYS resources and services include this website and the
Australian Youth Facts and Stats website which carries 'just the facts' on youth in Australia.

ACYS ? Behind the scenes:
Who we are and what we do

What is a clearinghouse?
See bibliography and list of clearinghouses in the social sciences in Australia.
Also see a brief history of this clearinghouse.

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.