A chance for change & new connections

Operation Newstart Western is an opportunity for new personal direction. With support from program facilitators, their schools, their families and their community; young people are empowered to create positive change. Through engaging with outdoor adventures, hands-on learning experiences and opportunities to understand ourselves.


The program is available to young people aged between 13-16 years of age, who attend a Government school in the Western Metropolitan area of Melbourne.

We have a new group of 8 students each term, running in Terms 1, 2 & 4 (with the iLeaD program running in Term 3). All of our programs are mixed gender and we accept applications from schools on behalf of students at any time of year. We complete the selection process in the final two weeks of each term.

Program update as of 30-11-2020

We're very excited to be running our next program in Term 1 2021! 

We thank all of our schools and partners for their understanding, support and are very much looking forward to providing young people with engaging learning opportunities once again. 

For any new referrals, please utilise the documents below and feel free to call to discuss application suitability and process.  We'll be making contact with existing referrals this week and organising interviews between December 7th - 15th. 

Newstart facilitators Shane Le Fevre & Caitlin White  

Contact: shane.lefevre@education.vic.gov.au 0448 314 412



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What We Do!


  • ONW is an experiential & skills based program, helping young people to improve connection with their education and to take ownership of their future direction. It’s a fantastic opportunity for those who recognise the need for change and a commitment to doing something about it.



  • To provide students with unique learning opportunities in a range of environments which creatively challenge and motivate them.


  • To assist students in developing tangible skills which promote their sense of individual achievement, self-confidence and self-awareness.


  • To build positive connections between the young person and their family, school and community.

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50 Flemington St, Travancore VIC 3032, Australia


Principal: Judy Ring

(03) 9345 6053

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