Out-of-Home Care in the Northern Beaches


Some of the benefits provided by Out of Home Care include

  • A “supported” living situation where a young person is more likely to develop the skills for living independently in the community
  • A flexible and individualised form of care
  • A safe and stable living environment within which the young person can work on their chosen goals
  • Reducing disruption to the young person’s life and allowing them to keep in contact with their support networks as the care is provided locally.

The right to a life that offers opportunities. We inspire HOPE.


A young person is suitable for out-of-home care if he/she:

  • Is aged between 12 and 18 years in out-of-home care
  • Is referred by DCJ– either court-ordered care or under the care of the Minister
  • Is prepared to participate in setting positive goals such as gaining education or employment and work with a case manager to achieve them
  • Is prepared to participate in appropriate day-time activities

We acknowledge that working with young people within their existing networks can result in the best outcome. We will also assist young people willing to develop networks in the Northern Beaches.

We specialise on supporting children and young people with low to medium needs.

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Supported Family Group Home (SFGH)

SFGH is a program for children and young people aged 12 – 17 years who live with a carer who provides a nurturing home environment.

The SFGH supports the young person towards their identified life goals.

It provides a realistic setting allowing the needs of young people to be thoroughly assessed. The potential for a supported restoration with their family is always explored. Case managers provide intensive support to community carers, young people and their families. An on-call service for young people and carers is available 24 hours per day, 7 days a week.

SFGH is not a substitute family or institutional care.

We are always looking for Carers, if you are keen or know somebody who might be suitable click here: https://burdekin.org.au/become-carer/

We have supported more than 3140 young people.

Supported Independent Living (SIL)

Supported Independent Living (SIL) options are available for young people in out of-home Care.

The entry age is between 16 to 18 years old and the young people have the opportunity to stay up to their 20th birthday while working towards independent living.

A Case Manager is available to support the young people.

To find out more about our SIL programme please view our brochure here.

95% of our young people are engaged in education or employment.

80% leave the system and life independently.


Click here for the Complaints and Appeals Information Sheet. As a client of The Burdekin Association, you have the right to complain about the services you receive from us. This information sheet is provided to you upon entry to our service and each time you make a complaint.

Click here for the Complaint Form.  As a client of The Burdekin Association, you have the right to make a complaint. You may wish to submit your complaint using this form.

Contact Us

If you’d like to find out more, please contact us on (02) 8976 1777 and talk to the referral intake worker.

Monday to Friday between 9 am – 5 pm.