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Updated: 6 April, 2004 . NB: Recommend a resource to list here
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Government resources

Rural Youth Information Services (RYIS)
Web site:

The Rural Youth Information Service (RYIS) is a service for young people aged 15 -25 and is funded by the Australian Government Department of Education, Science and Training. It provides young people in rural and remote communities of Australia with access to information, advice and referral to other agencies on education, training and employment matters, as well as issues such as income support, accommodation and health. You can access RYIS directly or can be referred verbally by Centrelink or other agencies which service young people. No forms or other documentation are required.

Young People in Rural Industries Initiative
This initiative of the Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry - Australia aims to increase the participation, opportunity and profile of young people in rural industries: 'Our role is to improve recognition ofthe contributionwomen, young peopleand indigenous communitiesmake to rural industries (agriculture, fisheries,resourcemanagement, food processingand forestry) and to encourage them to become part of the decision making process in their industries.' See web site, The site includes archives of their newsletter, 'Update'.

Young Australian Rural Network
Designed for 18-35's working in agriculture, fisheries, forestry, natural resource management, food processing and related industries.The site features an events calendar, news, discussion forum and information about the achievements of the participants of the Young People in Rural Industries Program, with opportunities to network and stay informed with events and information relevant to them. Web site:
NB: Their links page has excellent resources listed.

Also see the Australian Government youth portal, page on rural issues, at

Tasmania's Rural and Isolated Young People: Issues, Solutions and Strategies (1997)
Web site:
The report of a community consultation with young people, government, youth and community organisations, in rural and isolated communities is available on this site. Includes a bibliography.

Non-government resources

Australian Rural Education Research Association

This network includes researchers in education, health, economic development and geography who are interested in rural communities, in particular sustainable rural communities.

Rural Education Research and Development Centre

RERDC offers courses of study in residential care and supervision and a careers guidance service. It also undertakes commissioned research and consultancy for a wide range of organisations and agencies.

Institute for Rural Futures

This independent non-profit research organisation at the University of New England undertakes applied socio-economic and bio-physical research with a rural focus.

Centre for Rural Social Research

Based at Charles Sturt University, this centre seeks to improve the quality of life in rural and regional areas; undertakes and disseminates the results of applied multi-disciplinary social research relevant to policy development and rural services; and fosters research training and scholarly and public debate. The centre has a comprehensive list of links to organisations focusing on rural youth. See:

Regional Arts Australia

Australia's peak body for regional arts

Isolated Children's Parents Association

The web site of the Alice Springs branch of the ICPA provides information about this national organisation which aims to provide equality of access to education for all students in rural and remote communities and also lobbies for the right to a quality education.

Australian Rural Youth

An affiliate member of the National Farmer's Federation, this is a peak national organisation for people 15- to 30 years-of-age. ARY members include farmers, teachers, doctors, lawyers and office workers. Contact the ARY president on (02) 6273 3855.

ABC Rural Online

This ABC web page includes a special section of links to rural or primary industry issues, a web-based Rural Events Diary and other resources.

Web site:
Heywire is the ABC radio program especially for rural youth. It was launched in late 1998. Heywire provides a special page of hotlinks for young people in rural and regional areas of Australia.

Survey into Rural and Remote Education

The 'Survey into Rural and Remote Education' was conducted by the Youth Research Centre at the University of Melbourne for the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission (HREOC). It is one component of the National Inquiry into Rural and Remote School Education. Its authors are Helen Stokes, John Stafford and Roger Holdsworth. The survey responses include strategies and ideas for improving educational provision, access and quality.
A limited number of hard copies of the report are available from the Youth Research Centre.
Also see HREOC web site rural links at

Rural Support Tasmania
Web site:
Tasmanian Rural Counselling Inc., trading as Rural Support Tasmania is a state-wide confidential and free service providing information and support for the farming community.

Other links:

Overseas resources

Empowerment Zones and Enterprise Community (USA)
Web site:
The Empowerment Zone and Enterprise Community program is designed to afford communities real opportunities for growth and revitalisation. The framework of the program is embodied in four key principles: economic opportunity; sustainable community development; community-based partnerships; and strategic vision for change.

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