Welcome to the site for Australian Youth Work Education: Curriculum Renewal and a Model for Sustainability for Niche Professions.

This project has multiple purposes. Firstly, to renew the youth work higher education curriculum for Australian Youth Work professional education. Secondly, to improve pathways for professional education and training in youth work. Thirdly, to examine organizational strategies that enable small niche professional courses, like youth work, to survive in the current higher education environment. The Australian Youth Work Educators’ Network will be established to consolidate cross-sectoral dialogue and collaboration.

The Australian Youth Work Education: Curriculum Renewal and a Model for Sustainability for Niche Professions research project will establish an Australian Youth Work Educators’ Network (AYWEN).

The AYWEN network aims to link Youth Work educators in Vocational Education and Training (VET) and Higher Education (HE) sectors. The AYWEN network will facilitate discussions about trends in Youth Work education and provide opportunities to share resources, new materials, to collaborate on curriculum development, and to share innovation in pedagogy. The network will provide a forum for information exchange and mutual support in a numerically small professional field.

The Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT) provides funding for this project, and for other projects that aim to improve learning and teaching in higher education. The OLT

'Promotes and supports change in higher education institutions for the enhancement of learning and teaching.'

The OLT works with eligible higher education institutions, discipline groups and individuals as a collaborative and supportive partner in change, providing access to a network of knowledge, ideas and people” from the OLT website.

The OLT website can be found at www.olt.gov.au