What we do 2017-05-11T09:50:38+00:00

What We Do

A Start in Life is an Australian Charity with over 90 years’ experience in providing support to young Australians whose circumstances have been identified as necessitous. With the help of our generous supporters, we have to date contributed over $13 million to transforming the lives of more than 6,500 disadvantaged students, helping them to overcome significant barriers to their education and enabling them to reach their potential.

Based on the identified needs of our students, our assistance may include (but is not limited to)

  • School fees
  • Books and stationery
  • School uniforms
  • Regulation school shoes
  • School camps and excursions
  • School photos
  • Remedial tuition
  • Information technology
  • Extra and co-curricular activities
  • Medical treatment for learning impairments
  • Internships/work experience
  • Accommodation/living costs

Students are typically referred to us by welfare agencies, community groups, schools and other educational institutions, or are self-referred, and include young people of any gender, ethnicity or religion. Our robust assessment processes, developed through over 90 years of experience in addressing the unique and complex needs of students, ensure that our support is always directed to the young people whose needs are most acute. Our qualified Student & Family Management team works to develop tailored support plans for each student to identify and address the student’s individual barriers to their education. With a focus on continued engagement, our Student & Family Management team continually monitors and reviews the progress of students and the often changing financial and overall circumstances of their families to ensure the efficacy and ongoing relevancy of support. For more information on the services we provide, please contact the Student & Family Management Team on (02) 9264 3017 or email sfmt@astartinlife.org.au.

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