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Youth Workers’ Australia (YWA) is an active member of the Commonwealth Alliance of Youth Worker Associations (CAYWA) - the only international body representing professional youth worker associations across the 54 countries of the Commonwealth of Nations. CAYWA has recognised the YWA since 2016 as the professional body representing youth workers in Australia. The YWA Vice-Chairperson Dr Tim Corney was a founding committee member of CAYWA. The current Chair of CAYWA, Dr Robyn Broadbent, is also a YWA board member.

CAYWA’s mission is to raise the standard and status of youth work by connecting, strengthening and championing the professionalisation of youth work across the Commonwealth and beyond.

CAYWA has endorsed the Commonwealth Youth Programs International Code of Ethical Practice authored by Dr Tim Corney.

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TAG: The Professional Association of Lecturers in Youth and Community Work

An Australian chapter of the Professional Association of Lecturers in Youth and Community Work was officially launched by YWA Deputy Chair and academic Associate Professor Tim Corney. At a meeting of youth work lecturers held at the Victorian State Library on the 10th of February 2021, the Chair, Tim Corney invited heads of current youth work degree courses to join the association and to offer membership to their teaching staff.

TAG is a member organisation that represents the interests of academics, educators and researchers in the field of youth and community work. The association supports and represents in excess of 250 educators at over 50 institutions and agencies in the UK. TAG seeks to promote an informed understanding of youth and community work across the Globe, through connecting our membership through conferences, events and sector activity.

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Youth Affairs Council Victoria (YACVic) is the peak body and leading policy advocate for young people and the youth sector in Victoria. YACVic’s vision is that the rights of young people in Victoria are respected, and they are active, visible, and valued in their communities

As Victoria’s youth peak body, YACVic works across the state in the best interests of young people and the youth sector.

Australian Youth Affairs Coalition (AYAC)

The YWA is committed to supporting our peak National body AYAC. AYAC through the support of a volunteer board, members and friends represent and support young people and the youth sector through:

  • Enabling debates on key issues

  • Policy and submissions

  • Media Releases

As the national youth peak body for 4.3 million young people aged 12-25, AYAC remains committed to:

  • representing young Australians to government;

  • providing youth-informed policy advice; and

  • support policy makers to consult and engage with young people.

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Multicultural Youth Advocacy Network (MYAN)

MYAN is Australia’s national peak body representing the rights and interests
of young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds
and those who work with them. MYAN is an advocacy non-profit body that provides advice to government and capacity building to those who work with young people.

They work in partnership with young people, government and civil society to promote the rights and interests of young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds and ensure these are recognised in policy and practice.

MYAN facilitate national connections between young people, academics, policymakers and practitioners, provide policy expertise, provide youth leadership opportunities and develop capacity-building resources.

The YWA supports this national peak body and celebrates the tireless work by MYAN.

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Information from the following services or agencies will be regularly posted on our site:

ORYGEN Specialist Program
We provide specialist mental health services for young people aged 15 to 25 who reside in the western and north-western regions of metropolitan Melbourne.

Centre for Culture, Ethnicity, and Health
Improving the health and wellbeing of people from refugee and migrant backgrounds

Analysis and Policy Observatory (APO)
APO provides current, public policy and research reports and resources directly to you

The SALTO-YOUTH Resource Centres
Promote and support international youth work by offering training, tools and state-of-art strategies

Domestic Violence Resource Centre
A state-wide resource centre supporting workers and families to help stop family violence

VCOSS will scrutinise, inform, and support that response, where appropriate. We'll make sure the voices of people doing it tough are front and centre

The Australian Council of Social Services (ACOSS) proposes a new way to empower communities to grow local jobs and skills support

Disability services for young people 
The department is responsible for providing programs that keep young people safe and healthy, teaches them new skills, and gives them a voice in shaping what happens in their communities

National Indigenous Affairs Agency
The National Indigenous Australians Agency (NIAA) is committed to implementing the Government’s policies and programs to improve the lives of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

The YWA acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to their elders past, present and emerging and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

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