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Australian Clearinghouse for Youth Studies

About the Australian Clearinghouse for Youth Studies

What we do

ACYS's mission is to contribute to the wellbeing of young people by providing comprehensive and up-to-date information about key issues and practices in the youth field for access by the community.

ACYS achieves its mission by providing information on the complex and wide-ranging issues that affect young people today, and by disseminating news of research and developments on best-practice in the youth field, encouraging networking, discussions and collaboration.

ACYS aims to support youth organisations, youth workers, youth researchers and young people themselves, as well as researchers and practitioners in other sectors working with youth.

ACYS focuses on information about early adolescence to the early adult years (12 to 25 years)

ACYS products and services:

  • the journal, Youth Studies Australia, an interdisciplinary peer-reviewed journal, issued quarterly to subscribers in both hard copy and online format;
  • 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)

ACYS products and services aim to present information about Australian youth 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 is funded by the Australian Government through the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, and operates at the University of Tasmania under the direction of Prof. Rob White, School of Sociology and Social Work.

ACYS ? Behind the scenes:

Who we are and what we do
Also see a brief history of this clearinghouse.

What is a clearinghouse?
See our list of Australian clearinghouses in the social sciences.

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.