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Government funding for WEstjustice/PTO youth homelessness program.

We were very pleased to be invited to Wyndham Central College in Werribee to hear the State Treasurer Tim Pallas announce funding of $175,000 to extend the Wyndham Schools’ Couch Surfing myki pilot which helps couch surfing teens with their public transport costs and makes it easier to attend school. See the Treasurer's media release here

The pilot program was developed by PTO and WEstjustice Community Legal Service following consultation with public transport operators and government. Students who are identified by the school’s wellbeing team as requiring assistance under the program are given a pre-paid myki, to enable them to travel to school and also engage with wellbeing staff to get the assistance and referrals they need. The initial funding for the pilot was generously provided by a number of public transport operators approached by WEstjustice, and initial feedback on the pilot indicates that the program is having a positive impact on these young people and helping them stay engaged with school.

The pilot has allowed us to reach out and assist disadvantaged young people with public transport issues who may not otherwise have engaged with our office. It is a more proactive approach to dispute resolution, making our service more accessible and helping us to identify systemic barriers to travel being experienced by the students.

We are passionate about our work in helping these young people, and thrilled that we have been recognised for our work as the winner for ADR Innovation of the Year, in the 2018 Australian ADR Awards.

 

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