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This area includes programs, initiatives, strategies and projects undertaken by all areas of the youth sector, including government, non-government, service delivery and research organisations. These can have a direct or indirect impact on young people and the people who work with them. 

The programs below are also listed in each of the topic headings.


100F Foundation grants

Topic: At-risk, disadvantaged youth

The IOOF Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation that was established in June 2002 as part of the demutualisation of IOOF Ltd.

They are committed to making an ongoing contribution to the community in which we live, by providing grants that support Australian not-for-profit organisations working with disadvantaged families, disadvantaged children and youth and aged care.

Grant information: 




Topic: Indigenous youth

ABSTUDY provides a means-tested living allowance and other supplementary benefits to eligible secondary and tertiary students. Primary students living at home and aged 14 years or more on 1 January in the year of study may also be eligible for assistance. ABSTUDY is delivered by Centrelink.



Adolescent Depression: Detecting and controlling depression in adolescents

Topic: Mental health

University of Sydney, Medical Foundation

The university's current program of research has moved to development of new strategies and techniques that can be applied before the onset of the full-blown mental health condition or to track the response of the young person to appropriate psychological or medical treatment. The goal is the development of diagnostic and predictive tools for individuals, particularly young people with depression. 



Agenda for Children and Young People (Tasmania)

Topic: Policy development

Launched in July 2011, this 10 year strategy aims to draw together the services from 3 major government portfolios - Education, Health and Police - to work on addressing the needs of children and young people in Tasmania. 



Australian Government rural and remote programs

Topic: Rural and remote youth

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Australian Youth Forum

Topic: Participation, citizenship and volunteering

The AYF is run by the Australian Government as a communication channel between the Government, young people (aged 15 – 24) and the organisations that work with, for and on behalf of young people (also known as the youth sector). The AYF engages young people through this website, and also in person at forums and community activities.




Topic: At-risk, disadvantaged youth

BushMob programs are for young people who are at risk of being disengaged and marginalized. They may be subject to substance abuse, violence, unsafe living environments and disempowerment. 



Change It Up

Topic: Rural and remote youth

Change It Up energises and engages young people aged 16 to 19 living in regional and rural Australia who have an interest in sparking change in their local communities. In partnership with teams of local citizens, Change It Up ignites and empowers young people to have a voice and to act on issues that are important to them and to their communities. 



CMY Multicultural Sport and Recreation Program

Topic: Entertainment, sports and leisure

The CMY Multicultural Sport and Recreation Program aims to create a more responsive sports sector that is attuned to the needs of refugee and migrant young people, as well as increase their access and participation in sport and recreation.




Common Ground

Topic: Public space

Common Ground was a pilot project to reduce fear of crime in Hobart and the satellite municipality of Glenorchy in Tasmania.   


Community Integration Program (Victoria)

Topic: Participation, citizenship and volunteering

The Community Integration Program (CIP) was established to connect young people living in residential care with their local community. It involves volunteers from the community getting to know a vulnerable young person and supporting them to connect with others involved in a local activity, group or event that interests them. So far, some young people have participated in sports clubs, spent time scrapbooking, learned how to cook and taken dancing lessons, thanks to the generous support and time given by the volunteers.

Young people who are actively involved in their local communities are more likely to remain in school, get a job and lead a healthy and positive life. 



Compact with Young Australians

Topic: Policy

At its 30 April 2009 meeting, the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) agreed to a Compact with Young Australians to promote young people’s participation in education and training, providing protection from the anticipated tighter labour market, and ensuring they would have the qualifications needed to take up the jobs as the economy recovered. 



Cross-sectional study of adolescent rural health on-line

Topic: Mental health

University of Sydney, School of Rural Health

Rural adolescents are likely to have a higher prevalence of health issues and poorer access to services, contributing to greater health disadvantages compared to their urban counterparts. This project aims to describe and quantify important health and wellbeing issues in adolescents in rural NSW in School Grades 5-8 (10 – 14 years) Quantitative health and well-being data will be collected in a representative sample of rural youth using a questionnaire. This is the Academic Department of Adolescent Medicine’s tool for a broad health and wellbeing assessment in adolescents between 10 and 18 years of age. It comes in two age group versions and uses branched question techniques around sensitive issues. This questionnaire has been used successfully under supervision but this study will be the first time that adolescents will complete it on line. Geocoding information on community facilities and resources will also be collected. There is the opportunity for a further study once the data collection and analysis are complete to take the information to focus groups for adolescents and their parents in order to establish community priorities and plan intervention studies. 





Designed for early teens, CyberNetrix is an engaging multimedia resource which includes interactive activities designed to simulate popular online activities, such as instant messaging. It amis to highlight age-specifi risks online and offer advise on how to avoid them. This resource includes a Teacher Guide with activity guildelines and student handouts.

Australian Communications and Media Authority



Cybersmart Schools Gateway


The Cybersmart Schools Gateway houses a wide range of cybersafety information and teaching resources for primary and secondary schools. These accessible and engaging materials are designed to help schools develop and implement a holistic approach to cybersafety.
Australian Communications and Media Authority


Digital Demons

Topic: Technology and communication

The Digital Demons program focuses on cyber safety, with workshops to inform schools, teachers and the community about he current digital issues facing children and young people today, and the steps they can take to bring about improvements to their e-safety strategies, programs and practices.



Disability standards for education

Topic: Disabilities

The Disability Standards for Education 2005 were formulated under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 and tabled in Parliament on 17 March 2005. They came into effect in August 2005. The Standards clarify the obligations of education and training providers to ensure that students with disabilities are able to access and participate in education and training on the same basis as those without disability. 



Future2Make the Difference! Grants

Topic: Funding and sponsorship

Future2 Make the Difference! Grants focus on the under 25s who may be financially disadvantaged, homeless, juvenile justice offenders, drug or alcohol dependent, disabled or Indigenous. Grants are awarded to projects and programs in the areas such as financial literacy, skills training, work experience, community service or mentoring.



Governor-General’s Indigenous Student Teacher Scholarship Program

Topic: Indigenous youth

The Governor-General’s Indigenous Student Teacher Scholarship program aims to assist and support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander university students to obtain a teaching degree.



Growing up in cities

Topic: Public space

Growing Up in Cities is a global effort to help address the issues affecting urban children and youth. It is a collaborative undertaking of the MOST Programme of UNESCO and interdisciplinary teams of municipal officials, urban professionals, and child advocates around the world, working with young people themselves to create communities that are better places in which to grow up-and therefore, better places for everyone.



Growing Up with Cancer

Topic: Health and wellbeing,Transition

University of Sydney, Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine

The Growing Up with Cancer project is a 3 year ARC Linkage project developed by researchers at the centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine and CanTeen, the organization for young people living with cancer. It is exploring the impact of cancer on young people's transition from adolescence to adulthood. Young people (in and out of treatment) will participate in a research interviews and surveys, and produce a self portrait with the support of a digital media artist. Qualitative methods will be used to examine the perspectives of parents, health care professionals, and healthy young people. In addition to disseminating project findings via peer-reviewed journals, the program will hold an exhibition of young people's self portraits and produce a range of educational materials. The project will develop multimedia resources for training and education, and inform the design and delivery of cancer services for young people.




Topic: Health, wellbeing and development

HealthWize - health literacy teaching resource for refugee and other ESL students (2004)
This teaching resource aims to develop life skills, health awareness, emotional and health literacy, and skills in using formal and informal sources of health care and support.



Hello Sunday Morning

Topic: Alcohol and other drugs

No two people drink for exactly the same reason. Just like no one solution is going to work for two different people. What HSM are creating is a platform of communication that is self-learning, self-regulating and self-perpetuating. The more people that gradually get involved, the more solutions and ideas that become available from one young person to another young person. From our research so far, we have identified that there are three core reasons why this model is effective with people that want to change their drinking behaviour.




Topic: Rural and remote youth

A platform for young people from rural and regional Australia to express their stories, ideas adn opinions with the broader Australian community.



How to Hear Me: A Resource kit for Counsellors and Other Professionals working with people with Intellectual Disability

Topic: Disabilities

A resource book and accompanying DVD that together form an important tool for building the capacity of victim support agencies, counsellors and therapists to work effectively with people with an intellectual disability who have become victims of crime.


WWILD Sexual Violence Prevention Association Inc. Disability Training Program – Victims of Crime 




Topic: Indigenous youth

The IMPACT program aims to build a community of young Indigenous students to help foster their skills in leadership, contribution to community and future pathways. IMPACT encourages the development of confident, self-aware and resilient young people who contribute in positive ways to their communities. IMPACT is run by the Foundation for Young Australians in partnership with the NT Department of Education and Children’s Services. 



In The Bin Film Festival

Topic: Arts, music and culture

The festival is complemented by an extensive national tour of workshops that brings equipment and training to schools, community groups and councils to help them develop film-making skills.

‘In the Bin’ can help young people to create, shoot and edit their own short film.



Indigenous Youth Leadership Program (IYLP)

Topic: Indigenous youth

The Indigenous Youth Leadership Program (IYLP) is helping to close the gaps in Indigenous educational disadvantage through creating greater access to additional education choice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, particularly those from remote and very remote areas of the country. It aims to promote educational excellence and cultural inclusion for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. 



Indigenous Youth Leadership Program 2011

Topic: Indigenous youth

The Indigenous Youth Leadership Program is a 5-day residential forum held in Brisbane from 27 June to 1 July 2011. Participants will have the opportunity to participate in a new program focusing on developing leadership skills as well as being introduced to Queensland Parliament’s democratic processes. They will also have the opportunity to meet with guest speakers, workshop presenters, facilitators, government representatives and members of parliament.



Indigenous Youth Mobility Program

Topic: Indigenous youth

The program helps young Indigenous people move away from home to gain the skills they need to get a job in their community or elsewhere. Indigenous people aged 16 to 24 from remote areas can relocate to an IYMP host location to undertake post secondary education and training options. Training options include Australian Apprenticeships, Vocational Education and Training (VET) and Higher Education that leads to qualifications in nursing, teaching, business administration and accounting, to name but a few possibilities.



Investing in Australia's Young People

Topic: Policy

The report was produced by the Office for Youth and is a stocktake of Australian Government activities for young people aged between 12 and 25. It highlights the wide range of programs, payments and services for young people in Australia. 



Investing in Youth Studentship 2011 program

Topic: Rural and remote youth

Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation offers undergraduate students with financial support and a mentor who to provide valuable career advice. Under the program they will also offer relevant industry placements to gain experience in a chosen field of study.



Keep Them Safe

Topic: Care and protection

Keep Them Safe: A shared approach to child wellbeing is the NSW Government’s five-year plan to fundamentally change the way children and families are supported and protected. Its aim is to improve the safety, welfare and wellbeing of all children and young people in New South Wales.




Klassroom Kaleidoscope

Topic: Cultural and linguistic diversity

Klassroom Kaleidoscope A program to facilitate connectedness and well-being in the culturally diverse classroom (2007)
Ten lesson unit adapted from the Kaleidoscope Program for the mainstream classroom of both refugee and non-refugee students. 



Management of Social Transformations (MOST) Programme

Topic: Research

The MOST Programme's primary purpose is to transfer relevant Social Sciences research findings and data to decision-makers and other stakeholders. MOST focuses on building efficient bridges between research, policy and practice. The programme promotes a culture of evidence-based policy-making – nationally, regionally and internationally. As the only UNESCO programme that fosters and promotes social science research, it is placed in a pivotal position in the overall promotion of UNESCO's goals.



Max e Grants

Topic: Funding and sponsorship

Max e Grants is an initiative from Barnardos Australia and OfficeMax®. It is a small grants program designed to help children get the most out of their education through better participation.
The Max e Grants program provides small grants of up to $5,000.00 per grant to:

  • Community groups
  • Schools
  • Kindergartens
  • Day care centres
based in Australia or New Zealand and who apply on behalf of a disadvantaged child or young person (or group of children for a single project - eg school excursion) to further their education prospects.



Modelling Vocational Excellence (MoVE)

Topic: Education and training

MoVE International, a Survey of Competitors and Experts at the WorldSkills International Competition in London, 2011 aims to provide an evidence base for all WorldSkills Members on the benefits of Competition and ideas for improving the WorldSkills Experience for everyone.




Topic: Employment and careers

myfuture is a career information & exploration service and a joint initiative of Australian, state and territory governments. It provides career information, articles and links to thousands of resources to assist young people with investigating career options and opportunities. 




NAB Schools First

Topic: Funding and sponsorship

Launched in October 2008, NAB Schools First is a national awards program pledging $15 million over three years.

The program provides:

  • financial recognition of success in establishing effective 
    school-community partnerships; and
  • financial support to build stronger school-community partnerships.


National Strategy for Young Australians

Topic: Policy

The Strategy, also referred to as the National Youth Strategy, will be used as a guide for future Government action to encourage and help young people take charge of their own lives.  


National Youth Science Forum

Topic: Education and training

The National Youth Science Forum is a twelve day program for students moving into Year 12 who are thinking about a career in science, engineering and technology. The NYSF introduces them to research and researchers, encourages the achievement of excellence in all their undertakings, and helps to develop their communication and interpersonal skills. 




NRGize Workshop

Topic: Mentoring

A cooperative effort between the Dusseldorp Skills Forum and The Smith Family to provide training and resources to those involved in youth mentoring programs. 



private i - your ultimate privacy survival guide

Topic: Technology and communication

From the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner, this publication private i will inform youth on what some of the privacy issues are that they may face, some of the pitfalls to avoid, and who to turn to for help if their privacy has been affected.



Queensland Youth Forum

Topic: Participation, citizenship and volunteering

The Queensland Youth Forum is a new program that brings together young people from across the state to share their views on key issues for young people and their communities.



ReachOut Pro Educational Module - Connecting Our Worlds

Topic: Mental health

The ReachOut Pro Educational Module - Connecting Our Worlds, is an initiative to assist healthcare practitioners, youth workers, and those working in health promotion to better engage with young people through the use of technology. It is aimed at providing a basic understanding of the benefits of technology with some introductory "how to" exercises and practical solutions.



Red Aware

Topic: Sexual health

Organised by YEAH (Youth Empowerment Against HIV/AIDS), this program seeks to promote HIV/AIDS and sexual health awareness in their communities. Red Aware is giving 20 people aged 15 to 29 the opportunity to run their own awareness event.



RMIT Industry and community engagement

Topic: Youth work

Part of the RMIT Youth Work program, this service offers the chance for industry and community organisations to tap into the expertise and enthusiasm of those studying Youth Work at RMIT. 




School’s In for Refugees

Topic: Migrant and refugee youth

School's In for Refugees: Whole-School Guide to Refugee Readiness (Updated 2007)
This guide aims to strengthen the capacity of school communities to promote a supportive school environment for students from refugee backgrounds and their families.



Social Policy Research Centre - Postgraduate study

Topic: Research

SPRC is currently offering top-up scholarships to eligible students enrolled in the SPRC PhD program. The scholarships, valued at $5,000 - $10,000, will be awarded on a competititve basis to students holding an Australian Postgraduate Award, Australian Postgraduate Award (Industry) or International Postgraduate Award. For further details email



Taking Action

Topic: Rights and legal issues



Talk’s In

Topic: Migrant and refugee youth,Education and training

Talk’s In. Families of refugee background and schools in dialogue (2009).

A resource to strengthen the capacity of school communities to provide a supportive and inclusive environment for families of refugee backgrounds. The resource includes background information, practical suggestions and resources for workshops with school staff and families. 



Tasmanian Youth Parliament

Topic: Participation, citizenship and volunteering

The Tasmanian Youth Parliament is part of a national youth development program, supported by the Tasmanian Government and YMCA Australia to provide young people with a forum to express ideas, concerns and expectations regarding the future of their state.



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The Gatehouse Project

Topic: Health, wellbeing and development

The Gatehouse Project researched ways of promoting the emotional well-being of students in Victorian secondary schools, between 1996 and 2002. This website has been developed to make research results and experiences from the Gatehouse Project available to a wide range of interested groups in the community.

The intervention is designed to make changes in the social and learning environments of the school as well as promoting change at the individual level. It provides schools with strategies to:

  • increase the connectedness of students to school
  • increase students' skills and knowledge for dealing with the everyday life challenges.




Volunteers In Community Engagement (VoICE) program

Topic: Participation, citizenship and volunteering

Youth Challenge Australia's (YCA) exciting new Volunteers In Community Engagement (VoICE) program offers skilled young Australians the opportunity to volunteer on short term professional placements.

This is an opportunity to gain experience working alongside YCA's partner organisations, local counterparts, and local communities to build the capacity and strengthen the sustainability of local development initiatives.




Topic: Participation, citizenship and volunteering

w.comm is a forum for women from all Commonwealth governments to become involved in politics.




Topic: Mental health

WorkOut is an online program for young men to develop skills for life. A joint project between the Inspire Foundation and The Brain and Mind Research Institute, WorkOut enables the young user to tackle their thoughts and attitudes, one activity at a time. 

Through comprehensive results and recommendations, this program aims to de-stigmatise the idea of getting help and lay the foundations of good mental health.



Young Parents Program

Topic: Families, parenting and carers

The Young Parents Program from Red Cross NSW offers a three-phased accommodation, support and education program for young women who are pregnant or have a child, and are homeless or require intensive support.




Young People and Democracy

Topic: Participation, citizenship and volunteering

Young People Imagining a New Democracy is a collaborative project between the Whitlam Institute and the UWS Office of University Engagement, which has been made possible with the generous support of the Foundation for Young Australians. 



Young people and the law

Topic: Rights and legal issues

Produced by Victoria Legal Aid, Young people and the law is a learning resource with fact sheets and classroom activities relevant for 14-16 year olds. 



Young People without Borders

Topic: Participation, citizenship and volunteering

An initiative from the Foundation for Young Australians that provides the opportunity for young people to become involved in volunteering experiences abroad.



Young Social Pioneers

Topic: Participation, citizenship and volunteering

The year-long program directed by the Foundation for Young Australians invests in and supports eighteen inspired change makers aged 18 to 29. It provides mentoring, rigorous peer learning, skills development, leadership inquiry and international connections so that they can make a greater impact. Through start-up style projects, the Pioneers work in areas as diverse as education, the environment, health, human rights, the arts and technology. 



Youth Advisory Committees SA

Topic: Participation, citizenship and volunteering

The South Australian Office for Youth has information for young people on becoming involved in Youth Advisory Committees. 



Youth Advisory Council ACT

Topic: Participation, citizenship and volunteering

The Youth Advisory Council of the ACT comprises of 15 young people aged between 12 and 25 years (inclusive) at the time of their appointment. Council members are appointed as individuals, not as representatives of a particular constituency or network.



Youth Advisory Councils WA

Topic: Participation, citizenship and volunteering

The Western Australian Office for Youth has information for young people on opportunities in WA Youth Advisory Councils.



Youth Advisory Group on Cyber-Safety


The Australian Government committed in 2008 to $125.8 million over four years to a comprehensive cybersafety plan to combat online risks and help parents and educators protect children from inappropriate material. Measures include increased funding towards cybersafety education and awareness raising activities, content filtering and law enforcement and the establishment of the Youth Advisory Group on Cyber Safety.

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Youth Educating Peers

Topic: Sexual health

Funded by the Department of Health, Western Australia, the Youth Educating Peers (YEP) Project aims to increase the WA youth sector’s capacity to identify and respond to young people’s sexual health and blood borne virus (SHBBV) education and support needs. 

A final research report details the results of the six trial SHBBV peer based programs, including critical enablers and barriers for effective program delivery and impact of the programs on young people's social, emotional and sexual health and wellbeing.



Youth in Focus

Topic: Statistics

The Youth in Focus (YIF) project is about the experiences of young people in Australia. The aim is to get a more accurate picture of how well young people are doing and how they achieve economic and social independence. The project looks at young people from a wide range of different backgrounds and with different childhood experiences. The study is based on information provided by young people and their parents in a survey as well as information from Centrelink's administrative records. 




Youth Parliament Australia

Topic: Participation, citizenship and volunteering

The YMCA runs Youth Parliament programs in all states and territories (with the exception of the ACT).



Youth Support Through Arts, Resources and Training (YSTART)

Topic: Participation, citizenship and volunteering

The YSTART Program in Tasmania is a multi-faceted initiative delivered in the Kingborough municipality which provides early intervention and diversionary programs to re-engage young people in the community aged from 12 to 25.

A number of initiatives are offered in the YSTART Program such as open access to Council’s youth centre YSPACE, a creative arts program and two streams of training in construction and café operations.



Students’ enthusiasm for school wanes over time, Gallup Poll shows

A poll measuring Australian school students’ levels of hope, wellbeing and engagement shows that students’ level of enthusiasm for school wanes as they progress into the higher grades, and only one-third of respondents believe that they will get a good job.


The Gallup Student Poll was conducted among 7,300 students in years five to 12 across Australia in September last year. See more 

02 Mar 2015

Young people exposing themselves to unsafe sound levels

Some 1.1 billion teenagers and young adults are at risk of hearing loss due to the unsafe use of personal audio devices and exposure to damaging levels of sound at noisy entertainment venues, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Data from studies in middle- and high-income countries analysed by WHO indicate that nearly 50% of 12–35-year-olds are exposed to unsafe levels of sound from the use of personal audio devices and around 40% are exposed to potentially damaging levels of sound at entertainment venues such as nightclubs, bars and sporting events.

Ahead of International Ear Care Day on 3 March, the WHO has launched a Make Listening Safe initiative to draw attention to the dangers of unsafe listening and promote safer practices. See more

02 Mar 2015

New BSL report hightlights rising youth unemployment rates

One in five unemployed Australians is a teenager, according to a report released by the Brotherhood of St Laurence (BSL) today.

The report The teenage dream unravels: Trends in youth unemployment examines the latest unemployment trend data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, which indicates that the national youth unemployment rate (for 15–24-year-olds) was at 14.2% in January. This is more than twice the overall national unemployment rate (6.3%). The BSL report shows that unemployment is continuing to rise in Australia more than six years after the Global Financial Crisis.

These figures have prompted BSL to call for a national Youth Transitions Service to provide career advice, vocational training and work experience to young people in ‘unemployment hotspots’ around Australia. See more 

02 Mar 2015

Youth peaks respond to McClure report

 Australia’s peak bodies for young people and the sector that supports them – the Australian Youth Affairs Coalition (AYAC), the Youth Affairs Council of Victoria (YACVic), Youth Action NSW, Youth Coalition of the ACT, Youth Affairs Network Queensland (YANQ), Youth Network of Tasmania (YNOT), Youth Affairs Council of Western Australia (YACWA) and the Youth Affairs Council of South Australia (YACSA) – have  raised joint concerns about the Final Report of the Reference Group on Welfare Reform to the Minister for Social Service (the McClure Report).

The youth peaks welcomed some of the report’s recommendations, such as a national Jobs Plan for people with disabilities and mental illness, and clearer financial information for people receiving income support. However, other aspects of the report were greeted with concern. See more

27 Feb 2015

ABS: More than half of Aussies aged 18-24 still live at home

It may come as no surprise to many parents that half of Australians aged 18-24 are still living at home, with most young people saying money is a factor. Here's a snapshot of the latest stats from the ABS. Australians in the next age group, 25-34 years old, are more likely to have left, but an estimated 17 per cent still have not left the nest.  See more

27 Feb 2015

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