Operation Newstart South Eastern

  1. About this service

    Operation Newstart is a program designed for students who are experiencing difficulties at school to engage in a high challenge, outdoor pursuit and personal development program that assists them in achieving their full potential. The program aims to improve student motivation to continue their involvement with the educational process. The program gives students a unique opportunity to develop new skills, attitudes and self belief in a range of therapeutic settings.

      • Service name

        Operation Newstart South Eastern

      • Urgency levels

        Additional Support

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      • Service area

        City of Casey, City of Greater Dandenong, Cardinia Shire

      • Eligibility criteria

        Participation in Operation Newstart is open to any person who meets the following criteria:
        Applicants need to display a commitment to completing all aspects of the program and a willingness to make personal positive changes.
        Applicants must be enrolled in the Southern Metropolitan Region in either the City of Greater Dandenong, City of Casey or Cardinia Shire.
        Applicants should be aged between 14 to 16 years when they commence the program.
        Applicants must display a capacity to deal physically and emotionally with the demands of the program without putting themselves or others at risk of injury.
        An interview will be used to determine the suitability of the applicant for a position on the program.

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      • Costs

        - The cost of the program is $700 which is generally covered by the student's school. Available to Government schools only.

      • Disability access No
    More information for teachers, wellbeing staff and service professionals

      • Participation length

        - The program lasts for eight weeks, generally beginning in week two of the school term.

      • Who can refer

        - Referrals from parents, Student Welfare Coordinators, Victoria Police, Department of Human Services and other welfare organisations can be made throughout the year. Schools will receive notification via email of application dates.

  2. Operation Newstart South Eastern