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Australian Catholic Youth Festival 2017


Australian Catholic Youth Festival

in Sydney ~ 2017

15,000 young people are expected to travel to Sydney for the Australian Catholic Youth Festival to be held 7-9 December 2017.  The theme of this Festival is Open new horizons for spreading joy.  The Festival offers a multitude of ways of expressing Catholic faith in an amazing three-day experience.  ACYF will be held at Sydney Olympic Park and other nearby venues.  The Festival is for year 9 to 30* year olds (*Note age bracket has been extended).   Registration cost for participants from Ballarat Diocese is $190* (covers all 3 days – all meals will be extra).  *early bird fee.

2017 ACYF

Registrations are open NOW!

Early bird cost $190.00*. Early bird registration has now closed
Full cost $220.00.

The diocese encourages everyone to travel as part of a group. Start your registration with your Group Coordinator and build your group from there. Contact us at if you want more details or want to organise a group to go. 

Register here

Ballarat diocese has secured excellent and affordable hostel style accommodation in Sydney for groups. Please contact us soon so we can allocate rooms and beds for your group. For prices and other details Email: or phone: 5337 7125

The diocese has two buses for groups going to Sydney and return. The buses will leave from different parts of the diocese. These buses are fully sponsored by the Ballarat Diocesan Foundation - Thank you Foundation! If your group wishes to travel by bus please contact us soon.

Information updates will be posted here regularly and you can also check the ACYF site here

Australian Catholic Youth Festival
ACYF is hosted by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference.  The idea of hosting a large national festival grew out of Australia’s involvement in World Youth Days and a wish to gather Australia’s Catholic youth together. It exists to provide young people with opportunities to explore and deepen their faith, to be empowered to be agents of change in the world today, and to encounter and celebrate the diversity and vitality of Catholic faith in Australia.  It also gives the Bishops of Australia the opportunity to hear and meet the young people of Australia. The first Festival was held in Melbourne in 2013 and the second in Adelaide in 2015.  Many young people from Ballarat Diocese, together with Bishop Paul Bird, attended both events.  An even bigger number of participants and leaders is expected to make the journey from our diocese to Sydney 
7-9 December 2017.

ACYF Art Comp Feeling Creative? 

  Make art or film for the Festival!

  Check on the links below to download posters, entry       forms and terms and conditions.

  Art Competition – Closes 16 October 

  Short film Competition – Closes 16  October

Download Australian Catholic Youth Festival Prayer

ACYF Form 1


Formation Sessions - Part One

Details now available.

Click image to download








ACYF is excited to be welcoming Matt Maher to the Festival on December 7-9. Don't miss out, register now 
12,500 registered in groups already!  How exciting!!

ACYF 2015

Ballarat ACYF 15

111 young people and leaders from Ballarat Dioceses attended the Australian Catholic Youth Festival 2015. See the Diocesan e-News report.

All the ACYF 2015 Plenary sessions can be viewed here.

Youth Festival Podcasts

Podcasts of the all the speakers and sessions at the recent Australian Catholic Youth Festival 2015 in Adelaide are available for download here

ACYF 15 Day2

Steve Angrisano on stage at ACYF Adelaide 2015





We are the Catholic Church in the Ballarat Diocese
we gather in the name of Jesus from the Murray to the sea
in interwoven faith communities. Spirit filled
we celebrate and share our journey
reaching out to nurture all God's people.

Diocesan Vision Statement 2005

All Enquiries

PO Box 576
Ballarat, Victoria 3353

Phone +61 3 5337 7111

Where to find us

Catholic Diocese of Ballarat
5 Lyons Street South
Ballarat, Victoria 3353