In 2012 partnered with the Australian Clearinghouse for Youth Studies (ACYS) to profile several youth service providers who were demonstrating innovation and best practice in their work.

There are valuable lessons providers across the sector can learn from one another, including new styles of provision, use of technologies and program evaluation.

The case studies (below) are the first step in connecting these providers. It is hoped they will hopefully go on to spark further conversations about building and encouraging best practice in the Australian youth sector.

Each case study includes background information about the organisation, descriptions of the services and programs delivered, as well as the issues that encountered in achieving successful outcomes.


Blue Mountains Street Art Collective

Topic: Arts, music and culture
Location:  Blue Mountains, NSW
The BMSAC program has ensured that young artists have regular opportunities to practice their art in a safe and legal environment, while receiving positive feedback from members of the public and career opportunities.


Core of live

Topic: Sexual health
Location: Bendigo, Victoria
Core of Life is an interactive educational program that provides information on teenage pregnancy, birth and parenting. At Bendigo Senior Secondary College, it follows previous education sessions on contraception, STI’s and relationships, and so forms part of a holistic sexuality education program.


Foyer Oxford

Topic: Homelessness and housing
Location:  Perth
The Foyer Oxford is an affordable housing project targeted at young people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.  The Foyer Oxford offers young people transitional housing for 2 years, along with holistic 24/7 youth support systems and integrated access to education and training opportunities.


Freedom Centre

Topic: Sexual health
Location: Western Australia
The Freedom Centre is youth-owned, peer-operated drop-in space for young people (under 26) who are same sex attracted or gender diverse, to support young people to be happy and healthy about their sexuality, sex and gender.


Generic Youth Development Framework

Topic: Youth work
Location: Australia-wide
The GYDF is a reference guide developed by the Department of Defense for organisations to use when assessing, or developing their youth development programs.



Topic: Migrant and refugee youth
Location:  Melbourne
Girlspace was set up to explore new ways of engaging and supporting newly arrived young women from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) backgrounds.


Netfest 2012

Topic: Sector development
Location: South Australia
Netfest is a networking event for youth workers in South Australia. The day-long event brings together existing youth sector networks to discuss ideas, projects and inspire best practice.


Retro Cafe

Topic: Youth work
Location: New South Wales
The Retro Youth Café was founded in 2004, by Albury Council, to provide a safe hang out space for local young people. Since then it has become a hub for youth activity in the Albury area. It provides a place where young people can meet, socialise and engage in community activities – such as band nights, youth councils, parents groups and holiday programs.



Topic: Education and training
Location: Tasmania
Studentworks helps develop the skills and confidence of students, Years 8 to 10, who are at risk of school refusal, dropping out or failing, and help them make a successful transition from school to work or further training.


Youth ARC

Topic: Participation, citizenship and volunteering
Location: Tasmania
Youth ARC is a hub for free arts, entertainment, cultural and recreational facilities. They run activities, programs and events for young people aged 12-25. The centre focuses on encouraging participation; encouraging young people to identify what they want to do and then helping them to make it happen.


Youth Education Peers (YEP) Project

Topic: Sexual health
Location: Western Australia
The YEP project aims to increase the Western Australian youth sector’s capacity to support and educate young people on sexual health and blood-borne virus (SHBBV) issues. They also work to increase young people’s participation in SHBBV education and promotion.


Youth Empowerment Against HIV

Topic: Sexual health
Location:  Australia-wide
The Agents of YEAH (AofY) program provides training and support for young Australians wanting to become sexual health peer educators.


Topic: Mentoring
Location:  Sunshine Coast, QLD

Yshop is a program based within Sunshine Coast Libraries, Queensland, that gives young people the opportunity to run a free market stall at a library in the Sunshine Coast network on Saturday mornings over the summer period. These market stalls feature original products made by children and young people who keep all the profits from their sales.