Young People

For those who recognise the need for change and a commitment to doing something about it.


Through outdoor adventure, vocational experiences & involvement in the community, we can help build your ability to succeed, develop connection in your life and find the motivation to get back on track.

We spend plenty of time outdoors, learning skills which can be difficult to learn in the classroom. It's often a good circuit breaker and provides you with lots of opportunities to have fun, succeed and learn what you're really capable of.


If you’re interested, get in touch with us through your school (Year level coordinator or SWC) and they’ll help you with an application. You'll need to find out which program runs in your area, so check out the programs page to find out. Then you can access each programs own website and get more detailed information.


Parents & Guardians

If you think that one of the Newstart programs would be a fit for your young person, please get in touch with wellbeing or year level coordinators at your school. We accept referrals from schools and they're the one's best situated to help with your application.


From the initial application, to supporting them through their daily challenges, to celebrating their successes; parental/guardian support plays a very important part in all Newstart programs. The expectations and commitments for parents & guardians supporting their young people through Newstart programs are specified by individual programs. 


If you're looking for more information to guide your decisions, please check out our reading list or contact individual programs for more specific information on each program.


Schools & Teachers

The Operation Newstart Western programs are each run by experienced facilitators who work closely with schools to provide meaningful outcomes for all of the young people participating in Newstart programs. 

We acknowledge the importance of school for these young people and of course the teachers and support staff who guide them through their education.


If you're a teacher or school staff looking for more information about the program, please check out our reading list or contact individual programs for more specific information.

Sponsors & Partners

Operation Newstart Victoria has been assisted over many years by a broad range of charities and benefactors. We acknowledge here with great appreciation the support received from the following sponsors & partners:


Freemasons Victoria

Geelong Bendigo Bank

Give Where You Live: Geelong

The Jack Brockhoff Foundation

Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation

The Mazda Foundation

MacGregor Logistics

Newsboys Foundation


The R.E. Ross Trust

The Royal Children’s Hospital

NAB Schools First

Variety Australia

Bennelong Foundation

The Rotary Organisation 

The collaboration of many agencies makes the work of Operation Newstart possible. Most noteable among our past & present partners are the following agencies:

Victoria Police
The Victorian Department of Education and Training
Victorian Department of Health and Human Services
The Royal Children’s Hospital Integrated Mental Health Program
The Country Fire Authority (CFA)
Headspace – national youth mental health foundation
Youth Support and Advocacy Service (YSAS)
The Percy Baxter Foundation (Geelong)
Freemasons Victoria
South East LLEN
Modulus – web site engineering and management

Local council areas supporting our programs with contributions include:








City of Greater Geelong 

For an overview of our organisation, please see our about page. If you'd like more detail, you can find reports and supporting documentation on our reading list. If your unable to find what you need there and you'd like to get in touch with us, please do so here.

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