The Sector

The Sector is an ACYS initiative to increase awareness of youth organisations and encourage networking. Each month ACYS profiles an organisation, group or committee that is making a difference in the youth sector.

If you would like your organisation to be featured in The Sector please email: [email protected] or phone (03) 6226 2591. 

Youth Focus

Featured: 18 Dec 2014

Youth Focus in Western Australia provides a range of early intervention services for young people at risk of suicide. Read more

Future Employment Opportunities

Featured: 20 Nov 2014

Future Employment Opportunities (FEO) works with jobseekers of all ages in Bendigo, Victoria and the surrounding areas to provide them with skills and training to enhance their employment opportunities, as well as creating jobs through its enterprise activities. Read more

Mental Health First Aid Australia

Featured: 20 Oct 2014

Mental Health First Aid Australia is an award-winning, national not-for-profit organisation focused on mental health training and research. MHFA Australia develops, evaluates and provides a variety of evidence-based training programs and courses. Read more

A Fairer World

Featured: 19 Sep 2014

A Fairer World is a social justice hub that has been operating in Tasmania since 1985. It’s had a few name changes along the way, so Tasmanians may know them as TASDEC Global Education Centre or the Tasmanian Centre for Global Learning. Read more

Corrugated Iron Youth Arts

Featured: 20 Aug 2014

Corrugated Iron Youth Arts offers young Territorians the opportunity to take part in a range of innovative performing arts projects as creators, performers and audience members. Read more


Featured: 18 Jul 2014

Minus18 is Australia’s largest youth-led organisation for gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans* youth. Read more

Future Farmers Network

Featured: 19 Jun 2014

The Future Farmers Network is a national, not-for-profit organisation that encourages and supports young people aged 16–35 as they pursue careers in agriculture and related rural service industries. Read more

YEAH (Youth Empowerment Against HIV/AIDS)

Featured: 20 May 2014

Youth Empowerment Against HIV/AIDS (YEAH) seeks to provide young people with all the information and resources they need to look after their sexual health. Read more

Beacon Foundation

Featured: 15 Apr 2014

Since 1988, Beacon Foundation has been working to reduce youth unemployment in Australia. Read more

Youth Food Movement

Featured: 18 Mar 2014

Youth Food Movement aims to improve 'food literacy' through events designed to help inform participants about food production and consumption.  Read more

The Huddle

Featured: 19 Feb 2014

A world-first initiative run by the North Melbourne Football Club is tackling disengagement and fostering social cohesion among local migrant and refugee youth – with outstanding results. Read more

Angels Goal

Featured: 19 Dec 2013

Angels Goal Inc. is an anti-bullying organisation, which was founded in September 2011 as the result of Tasmanian schoolgirl Chloe Cunningham’s’ traumatic bullying experience. Read more


Featured: 22 Nov 2013

U-Turn is a Mission Australia-run program in Tasmania that aims to turn round the lives of young people who have been engaging in motor vehicle theft. Read more

Youth Environment Council (YEC) of South Australia

Featured: 23 Oct 2013

South Australian students are having their voices heard on key environmental issues while also helping to create a more sustainable future through an innovative youth council.  Read more

Young Healers

Featured: 24 Sep 2013

Young Healers is a brand-new, youth-led initiative that will work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people to address intergenerational trauma and achieve healing. Read more

Cringe the Binge

Featured: 20 Aug 2013

Cringe the Binge is an initiative of the Byron Youth Service (BYS) specifically aimed at reducing youth binge drinking. Read more

Youth Off The Streets

Featured: 23 Jul 2013

Youth Off The Streets is a non-denominational community organisation that believes education is the key to breaking cycles of poverty and abuse. Its focus is to empower young people to reach their full potential.Read more

The Freedom Centre

Featured: 21 Jun 2013

The Freedom Centre’s quest is to educate and support young people through a peer-based formula. Read more

SYN (Student Youth Network)

Featured: 21 May 2013

SYN provides training and broadcast opportunities to Australians aged 12–25. It strives to help young people to be ‘creators, not just consumers of media’. Read more


Featured: 22 Apr 2013

Since 2002, Menslink has been working with the young men of Canberra to offer free counselling and mentoring to help them reach their full potential. Read more

Football United

Featured: 20 Mar 2013

An Australian organisation is encouraging young people of refugee, immigrant, Indigenous or disadvantaged backgrounds to take part in football and become part of the community, and is having great success. Read more

Kids Like Us

Featured: 19 Feb 2013

 A newly established organisation is seeking to assist these young people who almost always need significant, long-term support to fulfill their potential.Read more

Featured: 19 Dec 2012 sees its role in the youth and mental health sector as working alongside young people to equip them with the skills and knowledge they need to start actively managing their mental health and build resilience. Read more

The Oaktree Foundation

Featured: 19 Nov 2012

The Oaktree Foundation is a group of young people determined to make the world a better place. Read more


Featured: 17 Oct 2012

BushMob is changing the lives of young Northern Territorians by encouraging them out of their comfort zone and into the bush. Read more


Featured: 18 Sep 2012

Since its creation in 1979, Yfoundations has been the leading voice on youth homelessness issues in NSW; it currently employs around 10 staff. Read more


Featured: 20 Aug 2012

When the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME) was established in 2005, founder Jack Manning Bancroft could never have known how successful the program would be. Read more

Doxa Youth Foundation

Featured: 25 Jul 2012

For nearly 40 years Doxa has been providing innovative educational opportunities for disadvantaged children and young people across Victoria. Read more

Multicultural Youth Advocacy Network

Featured: 20 Jun 2012

The Multicultural Youth Advocacy Network (MYAN) was established in 2005 to promote the needs and issues facing multicultural young people in Australia. Read more


Featured: 17 May 2012

Through the planning and delivery of FReeZA events, young people receive training in areas such as event management, first aid, food handling, marketing and promotion, and leadership. Read more


Featured: 20 Apr 2012

Raise was created to improve the lives of young people facing profound challenges in their lives – such as mental health, substance misuse and sexual health issues – through personal mentoring and personal development. Read more

National Youth Week

Featured: 20 Mar 2012

The overall aim of NYW is to celebrate young people and recognise the positive contributions they make to their communities. Read more


Featured: 20 Feb 2012

The mission of lowercase is to provide employment opportunities and other positive outcomes for young people and their community by developing creative arts projects for clients across government, private and community sectors. Read more

Express Media

Featured: 20 Dec 2011

The mission of Express Media is to provide support and development opportunities for young people in writing and media. Read more


Featured: 23 Nov 2011

The mission of PROJECT ROCKIT is to achieve positive, lasting change in the lives of young people by providing the tools to develop resilience so that hardship can ignite one's potential rather than extinguish it. Read more


Featured: 19 Oct 2011

The mission of Reach is to encourage all young people, no matter what their circumstances, to believe they can achieve. Read more

Step Back. THINK.

Featured: 19 Sep 2011

The mission of Step Back. THINK. is to educate young people about the serious consequences one punch can have; and consequently reduce the number of serious injuries and fatalities that are too often the result of a fight. Read more

Smart Artz

Featured: 23 Aug 2011

Smart Artz's mission is to engage with young minds and give them the opportunity to work on real-life projects, learn new skills and develop their creative potential.  Read more


Featured: 19 Jul 2011

Whitelion is a national not-for-profit that builds relationships and creates opportunities for vulnerable and high risk young people   Read more

Youth Futures

Featured: 20 Jun 2011

The mission of Youth Futures is to: strengthen families and communities where young people are valued and celebrated Read more


Featured: 20 May 2011

Youthlaw works to achieve systemic responses to the legal issues facing young people by providing legal services, advocacy, law reform and preventative education programs, within a human rights and social justice framework.  Read more

St John Ambulance Australia

Featured: 21 Apr 2011

St John aims to promote young people as valued and vital members of the community. Read more


Featured: 18 Mar 2011

Dovetail supports youth alcohol and drug services in Queensland to better respond to the needs of young people aged 12-25 years. We promote collaboration, shared unity and networking across the state. Read more

2015 Can be ‘Year of Employment’

New Social Services Minister Scott Morrison has been urged by peak community welfare organisations to make 2015 a positive year for employment, with a particular focus on the disadvantaged.

New Social Services Minister Scott Morrison has been urged by peak community welfare organisations to make 2015 a positive year for employment, with a particular focus on the disadvantaged. - See more at:

15 Jan 2015

Stresses on young Aussies leading to mental health fragility

HOONS, tarts, louts, 'waste of space', revheads, layaboutslayabouts, bogans - the list goes on. Ask any young person and they can name a number of terms used to describe them. And likewise these are the images which are used to portray them in the majority of media  coverage: slovenly, rude, unkempt, unemployable and uninterested.

15 Jan 2015

Homestead visits key to mentall health in rural Queensland

Not everyone wants to see a doctor when they’re feeling down, let alone a psychologist. But, it seems one service in north Queensland is finding a way help to rural families struggling through drought.

15 Jan 2015

NSW teens smoking and drinking less

A report by the Australian Drug Foundations shows that smoking among NSW teenagers has reached an historic low in the past decade according to new figures published in October 2014.

15 Jan 2015

Student numbers at Australian universities keep growing

ENROLMENT numbers have continued to skyrocket despite weakening employment outcomes and static graduate salaries. Data from the Education Department shows that most universities have seen double-digit growth since places started to be uncapped in 2010.

15 Jan 2015

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