Support for care leavers

We offer a range of support for care-leavers (students who spent time growing up in out-of-home care; including foster care, residential care, kinship care and wards of the State).

Our commitment

Making the transition into higher education can be an exciting and overwhelming time, particularly for those students who have smaller networks of support. As an open access university, FedUni is committed to working with and supporting care-leavers entering higher education and TAFE. We understand that students transitioning from care in to higher education often face unique challenges and we are dedicated to providing the support necessary to ensure your academic success

Tailored support

A dedicated member of staff is available to offer any extra support you may need and can assist with accessing FedUni's student support services, applying for scholarships and bursaries, or accessing external support.

For more information or to organise a meeting please contact the Care Leaver Coordinator.

Prospective students

We understand that transitioning into higher education can be a life-changing decision and that's why we want to give you the best start to your university life. We have a dedicated staff member to assist you with getting through your studies. We also offer three scholarships for care-leavers studying at both TAFE and higher education levels.

We encourage students to declare their time in out-of-home-care on the FedUni enrolment form so we are able to make contact with you to offer further support.

Financial support

We currently offer three Foundation scholarships for care-leavers. These amount from $1,000 to $7,000 each and can be accessed through completing a Kickstart application or by contacting the scholarships and bursaries office.

Care-leavers scholarships have been established to support former wards of the state or care-leavers. Applicants for a care-leavers scholarship must have been in continuous care for at least 12 months or more. This scholarship is open to all Australian students who have been in care or a state ward.

Read more information on care-leaver's scholarships

Contact us

Contact our Care Leaver Coordinator for any queries relating to your time at FedUni, whether it be related to accessing support from us, or sourcing support from external services.

Name Pearl Goodwin-Burns
Position Care Leaver Coordinator
Study area Humanities and Social Sciences
Location SMB Campus, E Building, Level One, Room E114
Phone 5327 9496
Email p.goodwin-burns@federation.edu.au

Resources

Below are some useful links to resources that offer support to students from out-of-home-care.

Leaving Care Hotline

1300 532 846
10 am - 8 pm weekdays
10 am - 6 pm weekends & public holidays

Alternatively, email inquiries can be sent to leavingcare@dhhs.vic.gov.au

Visit the Young Care-leaver's website

Transition to Independent Living Allowance (TILA)
TILA is a one-off payment from the Australian Government to help young people who are leaving out-of-home care, providing a contribution of up to $1,500 towards the costs involved in moving to independent living.

CREATE Foundation
CREATE Foundation provide yearly grants to clubCREATE members with a statutory care experience aged 15 - 25 years through the CREATE Your Future Grant Scheme. These grants are for young people who are leaving out-of-home care to help assist them in their transition into independence.

View more information about the grant scheme.

Youth Central

Youth Central is the Victorian Government's website for young people aged 12-25, filled with great information and articles about your rights at work, school, managing your money, getting your drivers license and soon.

Child & Family Services (CAFS)

CAFS offer a Leaving Care Program, which aims to assess a young person’s needs and develop a strategy and plan with the young person to attain their short and long term goals. A key focus of Leaving Care is assisting the young person to gain independent living skills.

Centre for Excellence in Child & Family Welfare

The Sidney Myer Fund has kindly contributed the funds for the 'Raising Expectations' Project, please see the Centre for Excellence in Child & Family Welfare link for more information on the project.