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A Start in Life provides assistance to young Australians in necessitous circumstances, helping them overcome barriers and access an education equal to their peers. We have been providing this unique support to students for 100 years and over 7,000 students have benefited from the tailored support plans we have put in place throughout this time. We focus on improving the educational outcomes of those supported, so they may achieve their full potential and achieve a brighter future.


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Career and Skills Development Scholarship launched

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100 years supporting Australian youth

What we do

A Start in Life support is available to students from the first year of primary school through to completion of tertiary studies. Our Student Support and Career Coaching Team works in conjunction with parents/carers, students and educators to develop a tailored plan of support and set learning goals for each student, addressing the barriers they are facing to their education. This support can include:

  • School essentials - e.g. books, uniforms

  • Camps and excursions

  • Extra-curricular activities

  • IT equipment 

  • Tuition 

  • Tools of trade and work placement assistance for tertiary students

Who we support

​A Start in Life supports Australian students seeking to maximise their education, who are limited by the financial barriers they face.  

Students must be under the age of 25 and engaged in full time study within Australia in a Primary, Secondary or Tertiary institution. ​

If you believe a tailored program of support will help you or your child reach their full potential, please contact us.

How you can help

Your donation will give a young person a start in life by ensuring the barriers to their education are removed, empowering and equipping each student to break free from difficult circumstances. In doing so you are making a positive difference for current and future generations.

Please support the work we do by making a donation to A Start in Life. All donations over $2 are tax-deductible.

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