Providing education and support to deliver better outcomes for children and families in permanent care and adoption


Vociational and Higher Education Opportunities for Young People in Care and Care Leavers

Do you know or are you working with a care leaver or a young person in care at secondary school or who is preparing to leave care?  There are VCAL, TAFE and University options for them with lots of financial, personal and other supports.

Visit the Raising Expectations website your one-stop shop with information to support post-secondary study: 


For Students - about Raising Expectations and studying vocational and higher education at its partner universities; Federation University Australia, La Trobe University and Swinburne University of Technology including financial, academic and other supports.

For Students - about other programs to support young people with a care background including Skills First Youth Access Initiative (free tuition for eligible young people), Skills First Reconnect and a whole range of other information and resources. 

For Students - about exploring career options, leaving care supports, writing resumes

For Aboriginal students with supports, information and resources

For Supporters / carers/ workers, including financial and accommodation support and the Education Guide for Carers

About University partners with links to their care leaver webpages and the financial, personal and academic support they offer

Newsroom - newsletters with information and resources for children, young people, carers, workers and supporters and recent media

Stories - from care leavers and an video on three care leavers talking about their education experiences

About the program and its impact

Getting in touch with the program via a webchat function or text with any questions you might have. 


Financial Assistance 

Child Care Benefit​

You can get the Child Care Benefit if your child attends approved or registered care and you are responsible for paying the child care fees. Most long day care, family day care, before or after school care, vacation care, some occasional care and some in-home care child care services are approved child care providers. Your child's child care service will tell you if they are an approved provider.

To be eligible for the Child Care Benefit you need to meet the income test, and satisfy work, study or training commitment requirements.

The Commonwealth Family Assistance Office makes the payment and can supply you with the relevant information.

For more information, see: Family Assistance Office -C​hild Care Benefit or call 13 61 50. 

State Schools' Relief

This help is provided by not-for-profit organisation State Schools’ Relief (SSR), which helps students through fundraising. For more information, see: Help for families facing hardship

Parents or carers with children in Victorian government schools may receive free or discounted:

  • new school uniforms
  • new school shoes
  • new textbooks
  • stationery, including workbooks, pencils.

The Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF) gives payments for eligible students to attend camps, sports and excursions.

The fund is available to families and carers:

  • holding means-tested concession cards
  • on bridging or temporary protection visas
  • in community detention
  • with students in out of home care
  • with students in statutory care.

Becoming a trauma sensitive school

There are some excellent resources included in this document.  Please click on the link

Calmer classrooms

A guide to working with traumatised children.  Please click on the link



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