What is it?

Better Futures is a Victorian state initiative that supports young people who are making the transition from care to adulthood until they reach the age of 21. Better Futures aims to support young people achieve successful and independent adult lives. It helps them have an active voice in decisions about their future and guides their transition to adulthood and independent living across a range of areas, including:

  • Housing
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Education
  • Employment
  • Community and cultural connections.

Further programs offered by Better Futures

  • Home Stretch is another program delivered by Better Futures that supports young people to remain living with their carer/s after 18 or to move to other housing, like private rental. This support is available up until 21 years of age.
  • Better Futures also delivers Community Connections. The Community Connector program is committed to young people to achieve their unique goals, reduce isolation and support the development of meaningful and sustainable community relations.

How does it work?

Better Futures is a way of supporting care leavers. It engages with young people and their support networks, to work collaboratively to increase a young person’s independence and achieve their goals as young adults. The practice model is guided by a Better Futures (Advantaged Thinking) practice framework. Support is tailored to meet the individual needs of young people, and designed to improve outcomes for young people both in-care and post-care to supported independence, up to the age of 21.

Working in collaboration with the Victorian Government, The Your Journey team aims to engage earlier with care leavers, supporting them to have an active voice in their transition planning, and providing individualised supports.

Better Futures includes:

  • Case work support
  • Information and advice
  • Access to flexible funding

How will Your Journey support me?

    Living Skills

    Strengthen your independent living skills such as cooking and budgeting

    Education and Employment

    Explore and access education or employment opportunities

    Connect

    Connect with different groups in your community

    Funding

    Access funding to support your goals towards independence

    Collaboration

    Better Futures workers can also meet with your care team, families/carers or school support group and work together to support you.

    “Better Futures is exactly what the name describes! It’s a support system for vulnerable and disadvantaged adolescents and young adults! I’ve been a client with Better Futures for a few years now and they have helped me grow so much. They have given me resources and taught me skills I unfortunately was never taught growing up. They have been able to link me in with really helpful supports which has bettered my life currently and will have a positive impact in the future.”

    - Better Futures Client -

    Better Futures Eligibility

    • Young people in foster care, kinship care, and residential care are eligible for Better Futures from 15 years and 9 months if they are subject to a:

    Family reunification order,

    Care by Secretary order, or

    Long-term care order.

    • Young people subject to a permanent care order on or after the age of 15 years and 9 months are also eligible for Better Futures.
      • Young people on interim accommodation orders and family preservation orders are not eligible for Better Futures.

      Useful quick-links and further information on Better Futures