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Networks and e-lists relating to youth work and youth research

List of email discussion lists in the youth field

Lists focused on youth issues (research and practice)

Australian email discussion lists:

  • The YARN list (Youth Affairs Research Network) closed in November 2007.
Announcement lists, rather than discussion lists, include:

International email discussion lists:

Lists with a specific subject focus:

NSW Young Carer Association

Child abuse:
National Child Protection Clearinghouse

Drug and alcohol issues:
DrugInfo Clearinghouse

Society for Research in Child Development list of communities

ACER email newsletters
Also see the Australian Government Department of Education, Science and Training web site

Experiential education:
See outdoor education discussion lists

YES Discussion List


is an edited electronic network (based in the USA) focused on the history of childhood and youth. The network is co-sponsored by the Society for the History of Children and Youth (SHCY) and H-Net.

Mental health:
AICAFMHA Youth Participation List and the
AICAFMHA Discussion List
MindMatters discussion group

Resilience; youth development:
Search Institute (USA) on resilience and developmental assets. Also see their HCHY listserv, 'Healthy Communities - Healthy Youth'


Rural issues:
YARN (Young Australian Rural Network) for rural youth

Students and tertiary education:
The (US) National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition hosts five listservs

Transport: The Dusseldorp Skills Forum web site has a section called Transport for young people in rural and regional Australia which includes an interest group on youth transport issues.

State/Territory youth organisations

Australian government offices of youth affairs:

Australian Government: Youth Bureau
Youth Bureau

Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR)
GPO Box 9880, Canberra, ACT 2601
Ph: (02) 6240 5682; Fax: (02) 6240 5710
Email: [email protected]
Also see:

State Government: ACT

ACT Government
Youth Engagement, Services and Policy
Youth Policy and Programs
Youth Directorate
Office for Children, Youth and Family Support
Department of Disability, Housing and Community Services
GPO Box 158, Canberra ACT 2601
Ph: (02) 6205 0632 Fax: (02) 6205 3386
Email: [email protected]

State Government: NSW

NSW Government
Youth Strategy and Participation
Communities Division
Department of Community Services
Locked Bag 4028
Ashfield NSW 1800
Ph: (02) 9716 2871; or (02) 9716 2873; fax: (02) 9716 2870
Email: [email protected]
Web site:

State Government: NT

Northern Territory Government
Office of Youth Affairs
GPO Box 4396
Darwin NT 0801
Ph: (08) 8999 3862 Fax: (08) 8999 3883
Email: [email protected]

State Government: QLD

Queensland Government
Office of Youth
Department of Communities
GPO Box 806, Brisbane Queensland 4001
Ph: 1300 555 954 Fax: (07) 3008 8784
Email: [email protected]

State Government: SA

South Australian Government
Office for Youth
Department for Families and Communities
GPO Box 320
Adelaide SA 5001
Ph: (08) 8204 8484; fax: (08) 8204 8499
Email:[email protected]
OFY web site:
and 'The Maze':

State Government: TAS

Tasmanian Government
Department of Premier and Cabinet, Office of Children and Youth Affairs,
GPO Box 123
Hobart Tasmania 7001
(Level 5, 15 Murray Street, Hobart 7000)
Ph: (03) 6233 7945; fax: (03) 6233 7695
Email: [email protected]

State Government: VIC

Victorian Government
Office for Youth
Department of Planning and Community Development
GPO Box 2392
Melbourne Victoria 3000
Ph: (03) 9208 3333; Fax: (03) 9208 3226
Email: [email protected]

State Government: WA

Western Australian Government
Office for Youth
Department for Communities
Level 7
2 Havelock Street
Ph: (08) 6217 8422
Fx: (08) 9481 3074
Freecall: 1800 281 116
Email: [email protected]

Non-government youth peak organisations:

Australian Youth Affairs Coalition (AYAC)
Public Officer/Treasurer
PO Box 5232, Lyneham ACT 2602
Ph: (02) 6247 3540; fax: (02) 6249 1675
Email: [email protected]

State and territory youth affairs peak bodies: