Homelessness

From Term 1 2017, Victorian government and Catholic schools will use the new Victorian Curriculum F-10. Curriculum related information is currently being reviewed and may be subject to change.

For more information on the curriculum, see:
The Victorian Curriculum F–10 - VCAA

Your education has a significant influence on your learning and development and on your access to future employment and life opportunities.

Some students and their families have difficulty committing to education because they move a lot or have a difficult home life.

The Department is working with other government departments and community organisations to strengthen the support for children, young people and their families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

The Victorian government has given advice to schools about their responsibilities to help students and their families, who are struggling.

You should speak to someone at your school if you are having concerns at home. Every school must nominate a staff member for students and families to approach if they are experiencing problems. Your privacy is important and only those who need to know will be informed about your situation.

Your school can help you to:

  • enrol
  • find another school when you move
  • get school uniforms and shoes
  • feel welcome
  • negotiate a payment plan
  • connect with services in the community.

Schools can work with you to:

  • make a plan to get the most out of school
  • arrange to meet with any other people who are involved with you or your family and cooperate with them.

For more information, see: Are you moving a lot? Housing problems interfering with school? (PDF - 229Kb)