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Information resources

Courses relating to youth studies
by State/Territory:

Australian Catholic University Limited

Canberra campus:

* Master of Human Services
* Master of Human Services (Child protection)
* Postgraduate certificate in human services (Youth work)
* Postgraduate certificate in human services (child protection)

Also see Victoria section for their Melbourne campus courses.

ACT: Youth work diploma information:

NSW courses

University of Western Sydney, Bankstown campus
* Bachelor of Community Welfare (Youth Work) (See handbook)
* Graduate Certificate in Social Science (Child and Youth Studies) (See handbook)
* Graduate Diploma in Social Science (Child and Youth Studies) (See handbook)
* Master of Social Science (Child and Youth Studies) (See handbook)
Address: Locked Bag 1797, Penrith South, DC NSW 2214
Ph: 1800 897669
Web site:

University of New Castle's Family Action Centre has a range of programs and projects for those working or involved family services, childcare or education including courses on the education of boys in schools.

The NSW Institute of Psychiatry
For current courses, contact the institute at
Locked Bag 7118, Parramatta BC NSW 2150
Ph: (02) 9840 3833.

Queensland University of Technology, Carseldine Campus
For courses taught, contact faculty at: ph: (07) 3864 4611; Fax: (07) 3864 4995
Web site:

University of Queensland
The following three levels at UQ include Community and Adolescent Heath components:
Graduate Certificate in Health Studies
Graduate Diploma in Health Studies
Master of Health Studies
Web site:

(No tertiary courses listed at present)

Other sources of information:
Flinders University information
Tabor College information
TAFE SA information
Youth Health website on youth work training options.

Victorian courses

Australian Catholic University Limited

Melbourne campus:

ACU information on their Bachelor of Youth work
Also see Canberra campus courses.

RMIT University (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology)

  • Bachelor of Social Science (Youth Work)
    Contact: Global Studies, Social Science and Planning, RMIT University GPO Box 2476V Melbourne Victoria 3001
    Ph: (03) 9925 2493 Fax: (03) 9925 1087
    Or contact RMIT admissions for current information:
    RMIT Office for Prospective Students, RMIT University
    GPO Box 2476V, Melbourne, Victoria 3001
    Ph: (03) 9925 2260.

  • Commonwealth Diploma in Youth Development Work
    RMIT University provides this two-year diploma via distance education in partnership with the Commonwealth Youth Programme. See details.

University of Melbourne

University of Melbourne
Australian Youth Research Centre
The YRC provides support for the Master of Youth Health and Education Management mentioned above via the University of Melbourne, as well as supervision of postgraduate studies (Masters by thesis or course work and PhD).
Address: Australian Youth Research Centre, Faculty of Education, University of Melbourne, Victoria 3010.
Ph: (03) 8344 9633; fax: (03) 8344 9632
Email: [email protected]

Victoria University
Footscray Campus

  • Bachelor of Arts (Youth Studies)
  • Masters of Education, Experiential Learning and Development (major streams: wilderness adventure-based therapy, community arts or youth development)

Contact details: Ph: (03) 9688 4861; fax: (03) 9688 4646
Web site: (link to course information)

Edith Cowan University, Joondalup Campus
* Bachelor of Social Science (Youth Work)
* Bachelor of Social Science (Youth Work) with Honours
* Bachelor of Arts (Education) / Bachelor of Social Science (Youth Health and Physical Activity)
Contact: the course advisor, ph: (08) 6304 6304.
Web site:

Disclaimer: ACYS is not the provider of any of these courses. Information here has been obtained from sources deemed to be reliable. However, in all instances, and before acting on this information, please contact the relevant course provider(s) for up-to-date details about their courses. This content is at present being updated (January 2008)