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  • 8 Nov 2022 9:00 PM | Dave Fregon (Administrator)

    There is an exciting opportunity for youth workers to contribute to research, please see below for more information:

    Hello, I’m John Sutcliffe from Edith Cowan University and I’m conducting research into youth workers with long-term careers for my PhD. I am looking to interview around 10 graduate youth workers and 10 non-graduate youth workers with 20+ years’ experience in youth work from Victoria. The purpose of the research is to see how their experiences can contribute to theory on career choice, development, and sustainability. Focussing on youth work to inform career theory has never been done like this, so this is really exciting!

    If you are a youth worker in Victoria with 20+ years’ experience in the youth work field and you would like to be involved in this research, please email for more information at:


  • 24 Feb 2022 8:58 PM | Dave Fregon (Administrator)

    Dear YWA member,

    We are participating along with international youth work associations in researching the professionalisation of youth work, supported by the European Union Erasmus+ Youth in Action programme. We encourage you as a YWA member to take part in the online survey.

    Please click on link to survey:


    This survey is designed for Youth Workers currently working (either in paid or voluntary capacity) with young people in either Australia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Finland or Serbia. If you identify as a Youth Worker (regardless of your official title). The survey takes 15-20 minutes to complete. You do not have to disclose your name, contact details or any other identifiable information. Taking part of the survey is voluntary.

    Many Thanks,


  • 6 Dec 2021 8:56 PM | Dave Fregon (Administrator)

    The YWA has published this paper under our relevant industry category. We have not endorsed the paper but we are releasing it to our membership because we believe it makes a contribution to current discussions. The YWA does disclaim any liability in connection to the use of this information.

    This paper is about the lived and learnt experience and its contribution to professional youth work practice. We hope you find the article of interest.

    Living, Learning and Building Professional Youth Work Practice by Emeritus Professor Robyn Broadbent

  • 26 Nov 2021 8:55 PM | Dave Fregon (Administrator)

    This report led by Lankelly Chase, an English charity that has a focus on young people in the criminal justice system provides us with more evidence on the connection between poverty, multi-layered disadvantage and trauma in repeat offenders. Unless we work harder at understanding offending behaviour and intervening in the causes there are young people who will have an inevitable life trajectory of incarceration. Surely as a society, we can do better than condemning young people before their life has had an opportunity to flourish.

    Find the full report here.

  • 25 Nov 2021 8:54 PM | Dave Fregon (Administrator)

    Dear YWA Members,

    Emeritus Professor Robyn Broadbent is standing for the AYAC Board as an endorsed representative of Youth Workers Australia. We would like to have the voice of youth workers on the board.

    If you or your organisation is a member of AYAC we invite you to vote for Robyn in the National Youth Organisation category. Voting is open now.

    To join AYAC please follow this link.

    Notice of AYAC Annual General Meeting 2021 and Special Resolution

    The Board of the Australian Youth Affairs Coalition (AYAC) is hosting the AYAC Annual General Meeting online on Tuesday 30 November 2021 at 6–7:30PM AEDT.


    The AYAC AGM is scheduled for 30 November 2021 at 6–7:30PM AEDT. The meeting will be hosted online and you can register to attend at

    Register and get involved!

  • 23 Nov 2021 8:50 PM | Dave Fregon (Administrator)

    Since 1999 the Jesuits Social Services have been reminding us that Australia is not an equal society and poverty and disadvantage is intergenerational. Their latest report highlights the most disadvantaged communities and the same ones top the list. Young people in these communities see intergenerational poverty that has a dramatic impact on their life trajectories. It is, unfortunately, compelling reading.

    To find out more click here.

    Find the full report here.

  • 22 Oct 2021 8:47 PM | Dave Fregon (Administrator)

    Dear YWA Members,

    We have been working hard to finalise the change of name process and now we are officially Youth Workers Australia!

    Our name may have changed but at the core, we still represent youth workers in Australia and are championing them as best we can!

    To reflect this change our bank details have also changed:

    Bendigo Bank 

    Youth Workers Australia  Inc.

    BSB: 633-000

    Account: 144078003

    Bank: Community Sector Banking

    Thank you to those that have paid membership fees this year, please see below for more information about our membership, if you have any queries please do not hesitate to email me at 

    Student Membership/Cert IV - $5.00

    Is currently enrolled in any youth work course from CERT IV to Bachelor of Youth Work.

    Graduate - $25.00

    Has graduated with a Bachelor of Youth Work within the last year.

    Full Member - $50.00

    Is a youth worker with a Bachelor of Youth Work degree.

    Associate - $50.00

    Has extensive youth work experience and a diploma.

    Alternate Membership - $50.00

    Has 5 years experience in the sector and has gained qualifications in other disciplines, i.e. Community services, community development and other courses that have a significant component of youth & community, youth mental health or AOD. Find the Alternate Membership Applicationhere.

    Organisational (Price on Application)

    For more information please enquire at

    Memberships are tax-deductible.

    With thanks, 


    YWA Membership Officer 

  • 7 Oct 2021 8:46 PM | Dave Fregon (Administrator)

    Youth Workers Australia is pleased to announce we have an upcoming Annual General Meeting.

    Come along and hear what exciting things YWA have been up to this year and meet our board!

    When? Thursday, 4th November 2021, 5 PM

    Where? Via Zoom

    Please RSVP by emailing before 27th October 2021, the Zoom link will be sent out 1 week prior to the meeting.

  • 6 Sep 2021 8:44 PM | Dave Fregon (Administrator)

    By Emeritus Professor Robyn Broadbent, CAYWA Chair

    International Youth Work Week is celebrated by the Commonwealth Youth Program every year. This year the week runs from November the 1st. The Commonwealth Alliance of Youth Worker Associations (CAYWA) is looking to deliver some workshops during the week but we are very keen to firstly launch the coffee trials that ran last year.

    You are committing to a virtual cup of coffee with a colleague from a different country. It is when we reach out to our colleagues we learn more about what we share in common and we also learn about the context in which our colleagues work.

    Please promote the coffee trials with your colleagues, sign up and be a part of a fun activity that shares our passion for Youth Work and celebrates the difference that Youth Workers make in the lives of vulnerable young people.


  • 25 Aug 2021 8:42 PM | Dave Fregon (Administrator)

    VicHealth has been working with YMCA (and their partners) to develop content for the Virtual Y platform and as a result have created the Youth Communication and Engagement Playbook. This Playbook is for anyone who creates content online that speaks to young people. It has been designed to be easy-to-use, and to help you post in a way that encourages connection and conversation with young people, because after all, that is what it is all about.

    To access the playbook follow this link.

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