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.



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Sample Program



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What We Do!


  • Operation Newstart assists students at risk of not completing their secondary schooling, the opportunity to reach their potential. It gives students a unique opportunity to develop new skills and self-confidence.



  • 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.

COVID-19 update 30-07-2020

We're unable to run a program with the current increase in restrictions, so unfortunately we've had to cancel all upcoming interviews.  In the event that we do provide a service to students, we'll make contact with schools who've made referrals for this term to propose a program/support.

We thank all of our schools and partners for their understanding and support and are really looking forward to offering the Newstart program once again, hopefully in the near future. 

Newstart facilitators Caitlin White & Shane Le Fevre  

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50 Flemington St, Travancore VIC 3032, Australia


Principal: Judy Ring

(03) 9345 6053

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