Children and Young People
Ardoch School Costs Guide (2017) Information for parents and caregivers on how to manage and reduce school costs.
Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF) Available to concession cards holders or foster parents and paid directly to the school.
Child Dental Benefits Scheme This allows eligible children aged 2-17yrs to claim up to $1000 of dental care per calendar from dental services including private services. Bulk billing services will mean no claim form needs to be completed. A bulk billing private dentist means that there is no wait list for a public dentist and the clients will not be out of pocket.
Family Reconciliation and Mediation Program (FRMP) FRMP is funded by DHHS to work with agencies across Victoria, providing workforce capacity building, training opportunities and most significantly, much-needed financial support for young people (aged 16-25) who are experiencing or are at risk of homelessness to access individual counselling, animal assisted therapy, family therapy, mediation, art therapy, group work, respite strategies and discretionary funding to assist with child care, emergency housing, interpreting services and public transport.
FRMP’s focus on therapeutic interventions has resulted in an extensive State-wide recruitment of a diverse range of therapists including recreation, coaching, art, music, narrative and animal assisted interventions. The FRMP Private Practitioner Register provides a detailed skill and expertise profile of each Practitioner.
View a profile or select a Practitioner from FRMP’s Register
Glasses for Kids. A program providing free glasses for disadvantaged students.
HEY Grants The HEY Grants will support organisations (both specialist SSASGD and mainstream youth organisations) to undertake mental health promotion and community engagement activities that focus on same sex attracted and sex and gender diverse (SSASGD) young people, aged between 14 and 25 years. The HEY Grants are intended to assist in the development of new and innovative approaches to address and support the mental health of SSASGD young people. They will also support the implementation of tried and tested models in communities where existing support for SSASGD young people is limited.
Kid’s Under Cover Scholarships The Kid’s Undercover Scholarships for 2018 are now open for children going into VCE/TAFE and living in community housing or at risk of homelessness. Funds can pay for education needs such as resources and camps among others.
State School Relief Program (SSR) Assists public school students experiencing hardship; poverty, homelessness, financial hardship, family violence, house fires and natural disasters. Students in need can apply to the principal for a new school uniform or pair of shoes, materials for secondary students or calculator.
Transition to Independent Living Allowance (TILA) The Transition to Independent Living Allowance (TILA) is a payment of up to $1,500 from the Australian Government to help eligible young people pay for basic costs involved in moving out on their own for the first time.
Youth Cadetship Scheme The Youth Cadetship Scheme provides opportunities for young people who may have faced barriers to employment to complete traineeships within the public sector.
Victorian Eyecare Service (VES) provides optometry care at low cost for persons who hold a pensioner concession card or health care card and live in rural Victoria