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Each quarter, our peer reviewed journal publishes up to six research- and practice-based articles on Australian youth. Find out more.

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Civics and citizenship

In 2006, the Ministerial Council on Education, Employment, Training and Youth Affairs (MCEETYA) endorsed a process for jurisdictions to comply with the relevant section of the Australian Government Schools Assistance Act 2004 on ‘the implementation of Statements of Learning’. Statements of Learning for Civics and Citizenship are available for download from:
NB: Also see the links on the Australian Government Civics and Citizenship Education website.
The Parliament of Australia website has a page that contains links to transpcripts of the proceedings of the Constitutional Convention held in 1998. (Link to Hansard)

Civics and citizenship education website
This portal is maintained by the Curriculum Corporation for the Federal Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.

Democratic Audit of Australia

A team at the Australian National University has been conducting Audits since 2002 to assess Australia's strengths and weaknesses as a democratic society. Since early 2008, the Audit has been based at the Institute for Social Research, Swinburne University of Technology, with continuing input from researchers at ANU and other universities. See details.

The Common Good: Civics and citizenship education
This is an ABC web page of resources for learning about civics and citizenship. Its material is drawn from ABC TV and ABC Radio, as well as a number of online productions created by the ABC in collaboration with other organisations.

Constitutional Convention
This archive was developed by the ABC as an educational site about the Constitutional Convention, held in February 1998 at the time of Australia's republic debate.

Actnow is an initiative of the Inspire Foundation. is a site that aims to inform young people about the issues that are important to them and it provides a space where young people can improve their skills, confidence and rate of participation in their community. The site also provides a supportive network and role models for action.

Youth Studies Australia back issues and articles

If you are a subscriber to the electronic version of Youth Studies Australia, you can access all back issues of YSA that are online on this website.

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Young people and citizenship: An everyday perspective, by Anita Harris, Johanna Wyn and Salem Younes
v.26, n.3, 2007, pp.19-27.

Schooling for democracy: Issues on student participation, by S. Wilson.
v.19, n.2, 2000, pp.25-31.

Spectators in Australian politics? Young voters' interest in politics and political issues, by Q. Beresford and H.C.J. Phillips.
v.16, n.4, 1997, pp.11-16.

Adulthood: Is it just a question of age?, by T. Ryall.
v.15, n.1, 1996, pp.32-33.

Whereas the (mostly male?) people - addressing the gender imbalance in public life; and Case study: Activists in school uniform, by S. Munter.
v.15, n.1, 1996, pp.28-31.

Schools as public institutions: Students and citizenship, by M. Brennan.
v.15, n.1, 1996, pp.24-25.

Dilemmas and opportunities for the young, active citizen; and Citiz-speak: Any advance on Cicero?, by D. Owen.
v.15, n.1, 1996, pp.20-23.

Research findings on students' perceptions of political awareness and the characteristics of a 'good citizen', by H.C.J. Phillips and W. Moro.
v.15, n.1, 1996, pp.13-19.

Developing socially responsible youth, by, p. Cole
'Youth Studies and Abstracts: Bulletin of the National Clearinghouse for Youth Studies', 1988 v.7 n.1, pp.16-20.