Re-engagement Program

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

The Navigator Program supports young people aged 12-17 years who are not connected to schools at all or those at risk of disengaging.

It is delivered by community agencies in collaboration with the Department's area teams and schools. Services are being piloted across eight Department areas, each tailored to its local community.

Eligibility criteria

Navigator is available to young people who:

  • are aged between 12 and 17 years of age
  • have attended less than 30% of the previous school term (if enrolled in a school)
  • either live in or have most recently been enrolled in an education setting in the 8 Navigator sites. See: Navigator areas for Vic Schools (xlsx - 94.8kb)

Young people who meet the eligibility criteria may be referred directly to Navigator. Those eligible for the service will receive it at no cost.

If a young person does not meet the eligibility criteria for Navigator or there is currently no Navigator service provided in their area, please contact your local Department office to discuss alternative forms of support.

For more information, see: Student Participation re-engagement resources and policies


The eight Victorian areas where Navigator is being piloted are Mallee, Central Highlands, Western Melbourne, Hume Moreland, Goulburn, Ovens Murray, Southern Melbourne and Bayside Peninsula.

The following map shows these Navigator pilot areas. Click the map for a larger version.

Map of the Navigator program provider areas


The following organisations are delivering Navigator services in the pilot areas.

Southern Melbourne Lead provider: South East Local Learning and Employment Network (LLEN)

Partner providers: Taskforce Community Agency, South East Community Links, Youth Support and Advocacy Service

Bayside Peninsula Lead provider: Mission Australia

Partner providers: McClelland College, Westernport Secondary College, Frankston Mornington LLEN, Peninsula Health

Central Highlands Lead provider: Berry StreetPartner providers: Uniting Care Ballarat, Ballarat and District Aboriginal Cooperative
Ovens Murray Lead provider: Junction Support Services

Partner providers: North East LLEN, North East TRACKS LLEN

Goulburn Lead provider: The Bridge Youth Services

Partner providers: Berry Street, Ellimatta Youth Service, Save the Children

Western Melbourne Lead provider: Anglicare Victoria

Partner provider: The Brotherhood of St Laurence

Hume Moreland Lead provider: Jesuit Social Services

Mallee Lead provider: Northern Mallee Local Learning and Employment Network

Partner providers: Murray Malley LLEN, Mildura Rural City Council, Red Cliffs SC, Robinvale District Health Services, Northern District Health Services, North Central LLEN, Cohuna Campaspe LLEN


If you know of a young person who meets the eligibility criteria and would benefit from the Navigator Program please contact your local Navigator Coordinator using the details below:

DET areaLocationNavigator CoordinatorPhone numberEmail address
Western MelbourneFootscrayLouise Medler03 8397 0728
Central HighlandsBallaratTroy Strybosch03 5337 8480
Bayside PeninsulaDandenongJudi Stanton03 8765 5600
Southern MelbourneDandenongLouise Palalagi03 8765 5645
GoulburnSheppartonDave Bennett03 8392 9500
Ovens MurrayBenallaColleen Drury03 8392 9605
Hume MorelandCoburgLisa Mori03 9488 9420
MalleeMilduraJacinta Allen03 5051 1333

Referrers can also use the Navigator online referral form which will be sent to the relevant Navigator area for assessment of eligibility. See: Online Referral Form

In accordance with Departmental policy, referrals for young people eligible to participate in Navigator will be passed directly from the Navigator Coordinator to the provider. Parent/carer consent is not required for this process to take place. The provider will then undertake assertive outreach with the young person and their family. Participation in Navigator is voluntary.

Further information

For all other enquiries about Navigator, please email or phone (03) 9097 1147.