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The following services provide current information and news about what's happening in the youth sector and related issues.

ACYS also provides a news service that takes information from these sources, as well as other media outlets. The news feed appears on our home page and in summaries by date and topic.

News feeds

Australian Policy Online

Education Network Australia (edna)


NCVER news feed (VET, training news)

The Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY) news feed


Alert services and current awareness services

News alerts delivered via email or RSS feed, to enable you to find news and new content speedily.

Scholarly current awareness services

Current Contents is a current awareness service designed for the world academic community. Contact your local library or university library about access privileges, login details and passwords. The service helps you discover content from scholarly journals from March 1993 right up to the moment of publication, and is an indispensable part of research. Anyone who's a bona fide Australian student or staff member at an Australian university can use Current Contents.

For table of contents alerts from youth-related scholarly journals, go to the individual scholarly journals websites and sign up for their "toc alerts". E.g. for the table of contents alert for our journal,Youth Studies Australia, subscribe to our YSA TOC ALERT.

General youth news updates:

Subject-specific news alerts:


Care and protection:




Employment and training:

Ethnic youth:



Future studies:


Australian Government:


Housing and homelessness

Indigenous issues:
  • Australian Government Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA): Indigenous alert (sign up via FaHCSIA Library:[email protected])

International youth-related news sources:

Mental health:




Rural issues:

Service, volunteering:

Sexual assault:


Statistics, surveys

Welfare: Subscribe to alerts for:

Youth affairs: Government:

Youth affairs: Non-government
youth peak bodies' email alerts:

Youth affairs:
international news alerts:

Youth development:

Youth entrepreneurship:

Youth development:


  • South East Metropolitan Youth Action: SEMYA Employment Directions Network - Youth specific news

Email lists devoted to youth issues (research and practice)

Announcement lists and discussion lists about youth affairs, youth research, etc:

  • AYIN e-list (email discussion list/news alert service: sign up
  • Youthgas email discussion list
  • The YARN list closed in November 2007 (Youth Affairs Research Network).
Announcement lists, rather than discussion lists, include:

Lists with a subject focus:

Note: edna publishes several newsletters for different audiences in the education and training community. The newsletters present information from a wide variety of sources both within Australia and internationally; items or stories are chosen by edna information officers. See: Of interest: 'The Networkerfeatures e-learning news, resources and events for Australian educators, and has an RSS feed. (The edna newsletter, The Communicator merged with 'The Networker' in September 2008.) 'Higher Education Update' is published weekly, and covers higher education news both nationally and internationally.

Also see:
Australian Council of State School Organisations (ACSSO):
ACSSO Australian Education Digest
ACSSO International News Roundup
ACSSO Values Education
ACSSO Languages Education
ACSSO Ensemble - Music Education
ACSSO Public Education Voice
ACSSO Family School Partners
Also see the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations web site.

International email discussion lists:

  • International Child and Youth Care Network: CYC-NET
  • European Sociologist email list (Research Network 'Youth & Generation') ESA-Youth
  • International Sociological Association's Research Committee on Sociology of Youth list (ISA members only) RC34
  • Resilience; youth development: Search Institute (USA) on resilience and developmental assets. Also see their 'Healthy Communities - Healthy Youth' initiative, launched by Search Institute in 1996 to equip and support communities around the world that are engaging multiple sectors to build Developmental Assets in young people.
  • TakingITGlobal
  • Youth at the United Nations