A brief history of ACAS

ACAS was originally incorporated in December 1994, as the Australian Center for Cross-cultural Studies Inc, a not-for-profit organization with income-tax-exempt charitable status. It gained Deductible Gift Recipient status in 2011.

It was originally founded specifically to support students and related organizations in East Java. During the mid 1990s, it offered units toward a Master of Arts in Cross-cultural Studies through a consortium agreement.

In 1999, it became a Registered Training Organisation in Western Australia with its own accredited Graduate Diploma in Cross-cultural Studies.

In 2000, it changed its name, direction, and structure:

ACAS has since grown rapidly. Its programs presently run at various locations across Australia, with many more high schools also offering ACAS qualifications and various groups of distance education students with local tutorial support. Instead of being only a graduate school, it grew to offer many programs ranging down to the lower certificates, and now has over 2000 students spread across its range of programs.

In 2014, ACAS was a founding partner in Worldwide University, which is incorporated in the USA.

Besides spreading geographically, ACAS offered a wider variety of study areas, and specific courses vary from year to year. It has offered the following:

Community services  

Youth work
Children's services
Addiction recovery
Community services


Introductory restaurant and cafe skills
Hospitality management

Intercultural studies  

Intercultural studies, including languages and language teaching

Training and education  

Training, education, assessment, and administration

Business and management  

Frontline management
Community services management
Senior leadership management
Quality auditing


Outdoor education
Recreation and sports.

Performing arts  

Music and music technology
Sound technology and engineering
Event management


Film and television production
Radio programming and announcing

Christian Studies  

Theology and ministry
Youth ministry

Graduate studies  

Research, mainly in intercultural studies
Education and training
Christian ministry and spiritual direction