Learning for Life

  1. About this service

    Learning for Life provides the support of a worker focussed on educational outcomes for young people throughout their early years, primary, secondary and tertiary education. A financial scholarship is provided for educational expenses. Literacy and numeracy programs are provided to partner schools and local communities, as well as mentoring opportunities. We aim to have attendance rates at 90% for all our students, retain them at school to Year 10 and into Year 12 and have them on pathways to higher education or work beyond Year 12.

      • Service name

        Learning for Life

      • Service address

        39a Clow Street, Dandenong Vic 3175
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      • Additional sites

        We operate through schools in City of Greater Dandenong and City of Casey.

      • Phone

        03 8571 1794

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      • Urgency levels

        Additional Support, Programs/Activities

      • Service area

        City of Casey, City of Greater Dandenong

      • Eligibility criteria

        Children and young people from Prep to Year 9 whose family hold a Health Care card and who go to school in our partner schools. They must reside in City of Greater Dandenong or City of Casey; live or study in a community in which Learning for Life is embedded; agree to enter and maintain a partnership with The Smith Family based on mutual respect, accountability and contribution.
        This partnership of reciprocity is demonstrated by the family through the timely provision of requested documentation. The family must have a commitment to education and school attendance.
        Ensuring the Learning for Life Worker is updated on any changes to details as outlined in the Scholarship
        The student/family is referred through partner schools

      • Interpreters

        Yes but requires booking in advance

      • Service type


      • Costs

        - No cost

      • Disability access Yes
    More information for teachers, wellbeing staff and service professionals

      • Participation length

        - Length of scholarship participation is from Prep through to completion of compulsory education. There is also the possiblity of a further tertiary scholarship should the student continue with tertiary education or up to 18 years of support.

      • Specific exclusions

        Those children and young people whose family does not reside in City of Greater Dandenong or City of Casey, do not hold a HCC or concession card and who do not attend our partner schools.

      • Who can refer

        - Teachers or wellbeing services in our partner schools

  2. Learning for Life