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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).

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, Federation University is committed to working with and supporting care leavers entering higher education and TAFE. We understand that students transitioning from care in to education often face unique challenges and we are dedicated to providing the support necessary to ensure your academic success.

Apply for a program

Haven’t applied to a FedUni course or program yet? Follow this step-by-step process to apply. As a care leaver, please be aware that you may be eligible for financial assistance. Further information is available in the following section.

Already studying at FedUni, but haven’t yet explored the support available to you? You can skip this section and find further information in the sections below, or contact the University directly either by calling 1800 333 864, or by submitting an online enquiry.

Financial support

Fed Uni scholarships

We currently offer four Foundation scholarships for care leavers. This scholarship is open to all Australian students who have been in care or a state ward for at least 12 months or more.

Visit the care-leaver scholarship page and select the relevant scholarship link to view application dates and the step-by-step process on how to apply.

External financial assistance


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

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.

Visit the TILA website

Further resources

For further resources, tips and hints, visit the financial information and support page.

Academic support

Need some help with writing your essay? Not quite sure how to go about preparing for your exams? Federation University offers a range of support services to assist with the various aspects of learning and study. You can even request feedback on your assignment draft through the online tutoring service - 'Studiosity'.

Visit the Learning and Study information to view all academic services on offer.

Counselling and health services

FedUni offers general counselling and other health services including medical appointments. Further information can be found on the current students page.

External support for care leavers

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

Leaving Care Hotline

Ph: 1300 532 846

  • 10 am - 8 pm weekdays
  • 10 am - 6 pm weekends and public holidays

Alternatively, email inquiries can be sent to

Visit the Leaving Care website

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 so on.

Vist the Youth Central website

Child and Family Services Ballarat (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.

Visit the CAFS website

Beyond 18 Study

The longitudinal study on leaving care is a long-term research project about the lives of young people in out-of-home care and their experiences of leaving care in Victoria. It is the first of its kind to be conducted in Victoria.

Beyond 18


Advice from care leavers who have accessed higher education on how to overcome barriers and access supports.

Contact us

For all enquiries or to access support, please contact:
David McGinniss | Care Leaver Coordinator
03 5327 9186 | 
Days of work are Mondays and Wednesdays

Raising Expectations is a State Government-funded project that aims to increase the number of young people in out of home care and care leavers participating in Higher Education and Vocational Education and Training programs across Victoria. The project is a cross-sectoral collaboration between Federation University Australia, Latrobe University, Swinburne University, the Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare, and the Victorian Department of Education and Training.

Detailed information is available on the Raising Expectations website.