Raising Expectations – getting more care leavers to TAFE and uni

Over 260 care leavers are now studying at Federation University, La Trobe University and Swinburne University of Technology

The Raising Expectations team – a partnership between the Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare, Federation University Australia, La Trobe University and Swinburne University of Technology – recognise that people who have spent time in out-of-home care can face challenges and have limited support going on to and completing vocational and higher education. That’s why we provide resources, support and services to help young people in care and care leavers access vocational and higher education.

The Department of Education and Training has committed a substantial investment in Raising Expectations until December 2022.  This will enable this important work to continue and support more young people from care and care leavers to access vocational, higher education and university.

The latest education news from Raising Expectations 

1 April 2020 – Newsletter #1 – Federal government and partner university support for TAFE and university students during COVID-19.

8 April 2020 – Newsletter #2 – Information for schools, carers and parents on learning during COVID-19 and resources for staying at home.

21 April 2020 – Newsletter #3 – Learning from home and wellbeing resources for children and young people during COVID-19.

30 April 2020 – Newsletter #4 – Learning and wellbeing resources for children and young people and specific resources for Aboriginal children.

4 May 2020 – Newsletter #5 – Supporting children and young people during COVID-19.

20 May 2020 – Newsletter #6 – Training, study and employment resources for young people.

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Stay tuned for a brand new Raising Expectations website – coming soon!


Hear what Ashten has to say about her experience at university with support from a care leaver bursary:

Listen to what care leaver students had to say about Raising Expectations on ABC Radio.

Want to find out more about study options for 2019/2020?


Accommodation Scholarships

La Trobe University is offering accommodation scholarships for 2020 for students who have spent time in out of home care.  Applications via the La Trobe website close on 30 November 2019!


Education Guide for Carers of Children Living in Out-of-Home Care

Fostering a love of learning and having high educational expectations and aspirations for all children and young people is vital. Actively supporting their learning, development and education will help to prepare and position them for a fulfilling, rewarding and positive life.

This guide provides carers with information about the supports and services to assist them and the children in their care to be connected and engaged in their education and to know where to go to get the support they need when they need it.

The Centre acknowledges the contribution of the Department of Education and Training in developing this guide and input from carer agencies and the Victorian Aboriginal Education Association Inc.

Click on the left image to open the guide. The guide also contains hyperlinks to relevant websites, just hover your mouse over each link and click.


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