About Us

MYAN (Australia) is the national peak body on multicultural youth issues - Australia's national voice representing the needs and interests of young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds. We have a network of representatives in each of Australia's states and territories to facilitate a national approach to youth settlement.

Who we are

MYAN is an advocacy non-profit body that provides advice to government, capacity building to those who work with young people, and supports the development of young people's leadership and advocacy skills.

Why we exist

25% of young people in Australia are from a refugee or migrant background. This group of young people have enormous potential to be active participants in Australian society, but often face particular challenges in accessing the support and opportunities they need. Their particular needs, distinct from adults and many of their Australian-born counterparts, often go unrecognised as they are a sub-set of the broader youth and settlement sectors.

Our vision

That all young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds can access the support and opportunities they need to be active citizens in Australian society.

Our work

MYAN works in partnership with young people, government and the non-government sectors to promote the interests of young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds, and to support a targeted approach to addressing these in policy and service delivery.

We support the development of young people’s skills and networks to engage in advocacy and influence the national agenda.

We undertake a range of policy, advocacy and capacity building activities including:

• producing policy papers, data reports, resources and a regular eNews

• designing and delivering training and professional development,

• engaging in research partnerships,

• hosting national multicultural youth events,

• facilitating access to MYAN networks across Australia.

We support the development of MYAN networks in each of Australia's states and territories,

Our structure

MYAN has representatives from each of Australia’s states and territories and is supported through a national secretariat and Youth Ambassador's Network. MYAN facilitates a nationally coordinated approach to policy and advocacy on multicultural youth issues through its affiliated state/territory organisations and networks.

The structure, activities and capacities of MYAN's affiliated state/territory networks/organisations vary across Australia. MYAN supports the development of the state/territory networks and organisations through its state/territory capacity building work. This work serves to strengthen the national work of MYAN Australia, as well as the work of its state/territory networks/organisations.

MYAN is auspiced by the Centre for Multicultural Youth in Victoria.


MYAN is auspiced by the Centre for Multicultural Youth (CMY) in Victoria.


MYAN is funded by the Department of Social Services (DSS)