What is YACSA?

The Youth Affairs Council of South Australia (YACSA) is the peak body that represents the interests of young people, youth sector workers, organisations and networks throughout the non-government youth sector.

YACSA is a member-based organisation and our policy positions are independent and not aligned with any political party or movement. We work with and for our members to achieve meaningful improvements in the quality of young people’s lives in South Australia and we represent a state perspective at the national level.

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Our Purpose

Our core function is advocacy and representation. Our work is informed by our members and evidence to create change and ensure policy makers and the community understands the impacts of policies and decision-making on young people, and the youth sector.

We hold decision makers to account and provide a credible and informed youth affairs perspective.

YACSA’s work is based on the key peak body functions including:

  • Research, policy development, advice and analysis

  • Information dissemination

  • Capacity building

  • Consultation and coordination

Our History

For nearly 40 years, YACSA has advocated with and for its members to address the challenges and issues that impact young people and the youth sector.

Our Team

Anne Bainbridge
Chief Executive Officer

Richard Cannon
Policy Officer

Melanie Munday
Senior Project Officer

Sean Sheehy
Project Officer