ACAS was originally incorporated in December 1994, as the Australian Centre for Cross-cultural Studies Inc, a not-for-profit organisation with income-tax-exempt charitable status. It gained Deductible Gift Recipient status in 2011. ACAS is a founding partner in Worldwide University, which is incorporated in the USA.
ACAS was originally founded specifically to support students and related organisations in East Java. During the mid 1990s, it offered units toward a Master of Arts in Cross-cultural Studies through a consortium agreement.
In 2000, it changed its name, direction, and structure:
- It became the Australian Centre for Advanced Studies.
- It adopted amember collegestructure like that of the University of London.
- It broadened to include Christian liberal arts and courses for the general public.
- It spread its geographic scope more widely in Australia.
ACAS then grew rapidly. Its programs presently run at various locations across Australia, with 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. Although specific courses vary from year to year, ACAS has offered a wide variety of study areas:
Community services Youth work
Hospitality Introductory restaurant and cafe skills
Intercultural studies Intercultural studies
Training and education Training, education, and assessment
Administration and management
Business and management Business
Community services management
Senior leadership management
Recreation Outdoor education
Recreation and sports
Performing arts Music
Sound technology and engineering
Media Film and television production
Radio programming and announcing
Christian Studies Theology and ministry
Graduate studies Research, mainly in intercultural studies
Education and training
Christian ministry and spiritual direction